Book Review : The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 7th edition, By La Lache League

I wish I would have read this book when I was breastfeeding my two children. It is packed full of such useful and encouraging information.  It actually made me want to breastfeed all over again!

I think I was most inspired by the offering of support La Leche League offers new and experienced mothers.  I know being such a young mother I would have benefited from attending meetings.   In chapter 3 the book explains the support La Leche League meeting offers. 

I learned so much from this book. The most applicable to my experience would be the section on ‘a nursing strike’ (pg.142).  I think both my children did this before 6 months and I mistook it for their desire to wean off of the breast.  It was also encouraging to learn that most mothers can make enough milk for their babies. (pg.132) I have heard so many times woman stop breastfeeding because they are told they couldn’t make enough milk. There are numerous suggestions (pg.135, 137,138) to help increase mothers milk supply.

I disagree with the information presented in ‘getting enough hindmilk’ (pg.316). I just did a lot of research on foremilk and hindmilk and the issue I have with what they are saying in this section is that if a baby is switched to early from one breast to another they may not be getting enough milk with a higher fat content. One of the benefits of breastfeeding is for your baby to be able to establish self-regulation at feeding time. If the baby comes off the breast and is done with that side, but mom is worried baby isn’t getting enough hindmilk, she may needlessly try to force the baby back on the same side.   As long as baby is gaining and growing there is no reason to force a baby to stay on one side for a certain length of time.

I definitely agree with most of the information provided in this book and will be recommending it to new and expectant parents.  I am a strong supporter of breastfeeding and am always in amazement of all the benefits both to mother and baby.