The No-Bullsh*t Breastfeeding Bible
If you’re expecting your first baby or you’re already starting your breastfeeding journey, my good friend Kate has written a lovely companion to breastfeeding – “The No-Bullsh*t Breastfeeding Bible”.
Breastfeeding was something I always wanted to do. I’d read about the benefits, I’d weighed up the pros and cons of breastfeeding and bottle feeding and my decision was that if I could breastfeed, I would.
So when my first baby arrived in 2013, I’d attended a fabulous breastfeeding workshop, I’d read my “What to Expect” book from front to back and I had my equipment at the ready – you know, a couple of boobs.
Almost everything went to plan.
My baby, who had decided to arrive 3 weeks early, “breast-crawled” her way to her first feed and with a little guidance from a fabulous midwife, it went swimmingly. She loved breastfeeding! So much so that she wanted to do it every second of every day for a very long time but that’s another story.
Despite my research, the classes and the caring support I received from my midwives and doctors, breastfeeding was successful but also challenging along the way. Finding the right positions that suited us both, increasing my milk supply after having a preterm baby, soothing and preventing sore nipples and more. We got there in the end though with a lot of patience and some wonderful advice from midwives and early childhood nurses – the after-birth care I received in Australia was just amazing.
Some women aren’t as lucky though to receive the care and support I did, or they might be too nervous to ask. I’ve also had friends who have asked for advice on breastfeeding who are keen to continue and they’ve been told by their midwives not to do it or to give up before they’re ready to.
I would never suggest to anyone that they should breastfeed because that decision is with the mother alone. She knows what is best for her and her child in my opinion.
However if you are considering breastfeeding or you have a friend who is, I really love Kate’s book – “The No-Bullsh*t Breastfeeding Bible”.
As the name suggests, you aren’t going to be faced with endless reasons why “breast is best” or made to feel guilty about your decisions or if something you’re doing isn’t working.
Kate’s supportive book is a companion for breastfeeders that skips the sanctimonious lecturing and gets straight to the good stuff – what you can expect when you first breastfeed, ideas for different latches and positions that might work for you, some of the myths you can ignore and how sleep and diet can not only hinder your success but also used to enhance it.
Kate doesn’t proclaim to know everything about breastfeeding and I don’t believe any one woman (or man) can. She does however detail every single thing I would have needed to know before I started breastfeeding my first baby.
As the name suggests, there’s no bullsh*t. It isn’t an opinion piece in any way and Kate backs up her suggestions with research and fact.
So if you you’re about to start breastfeeding, or you already have and would like a little more advice, you can find “The No Bullsh*t Breastfeeding Bible” here. The best part – it’s only £3.20!
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