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La Leche League International

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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (1958) 1,774 exemplar, 17 recensioner
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This book is way biased toward exclusive breastfeeding for as long as possible and unmedicated childbirth. If you going into it knowing that much and are prepared to take from it what works for you and leave the rest behind, I highly recommend it! A lot of good advice and information.
LibrarianDest | 16 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
This is a hugely valuable book if you go into it with the right expectations.

What are the right expectations? (1) La Leche League's purpose is to encourage breastfeeding for as long as baby and mom can and want to. (2) They believe the breastfeeding relationship is more important than the milk on its own, and so encourages moms to do whatever they can to keep that up during the duration of breastfeeding, including encouraging moms to not go back to work during that period. So this isn't a book to read if you're upset by either of those premises. You'll focus on those premises and the reasoning that follows and miss all the valuable content.

If you agree with those premises or if, like me, you agree with most of the underlying essence and are willing to overlook some of leaps to conclusions, then this book is jam packed with practical, detailed information.

Part one is the preliminary section. It discusses why moms should breastfeed, the importance of building a support community, birth and breastfeeding, and latching.

Part two describes how breastfeeding and the breastfeeding relationship changes as the baby grows. These sections can be a little bit repetitive on a straight read through, but the self-contained nature is valuable in a reference material.

Part three talks about specific issues: sleep, introducing solids, returning to work (a somewhat frustrating chapter, but not as much as it seems it might be because the authors recognize that for many women, it's not a choice), pumping, weaning, difficult breastfeeding situations, and a long chapter on "tech support" for specific breastfeeding issues.

Part four gives some history of La Leche League and provides a number of useful one page summaries of key points and various recording tools (e.g., a diaper log).

Overall, while this book was definitely not a neutral presentation of breastfeeding, it is still a primarily practically oriented, fact based resource -- one that is much more detailed than most other resources I have seen on breastfeeding.
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eri_kars | 16 andra recensioner | Jul 10, 2022 |
I read this after having nursed three children for a little less than two years each (probably a total of five years spent nursing) because I was curious if there was anything I didn't already know. I skimmed a lot but there were helpful things I learned. I didn't agree with everything- after reading I felt guilty for weaning my children from nursing at night (all over a year old) because of back pain I suffer from. But I believe there needs to be a strong voice for women nursing as long as they are able and this book provides that. It reminds me of my first labor experience- I had a midwife who kept telling me that it was ok to take pain medication if I needed to, which to my mind felt like she was telling me I couldn't be successful at labor. But it was my mom telling me, "You can do it, you don't want to give up, an unmediated birth is what you wanted, it's important to you," gave me confidence and comfort in spite of the pain. Women need cheerleaders like that in breast feeding.… (mer)
wrightja2000 | 16 andra recensioner | Sep 6, 2018 |

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