Actually, that's just the beginning. There are SO many things to know and consider - from positions to pumping to pacifiers. The topic actually requires an entire book.
That's how Andi Silverman came to write Mama Knows Breast: a Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding. Silverman is a former lawyer and television reporter and is now the mom of two boys that are eighteen months apart. After breastfeeding her two boys, she realized that there was a market for a comprehensive - but also reader-friendly - guide to breastfeeding. So she wrote it.
The cover is very fun and vibrant - the font and graphic selections make it appear friendly and inviting. The illustrations within the pages are equally trendy and modern. The small size of the book is also enticing for a new mom - it's non-intimidating and easy to throw in a diaper bag or purse. The inside pages make very efficient use of white space, bolded and italicized fonts, and quote boxes to ensure that the reader won't be overwhelmed by too much text. These "superficial" things do matter - especially to moms - who often have limited chunks of time to read.
The information within the pages is also comprehensive and factual.
My only point of contention was Silverman's comments about babies' sleep patterns: "After a few months, most babies can sleep through the night without waking to eat" (p. 91). Elizabeth Pantley, sleep expert and author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, paints a more realistic picture in her book, "...waking up once or twice a night is really normal during the first two years of life...and until about age three, a great percentage of children wake up during the night needing a parent's attention."
I can overlook that point, however, since it's really only one or two lines out of the whole book. The rest of the guide is jam-packed with extremely useful information presented in a fun format that moms will enjoy. Moms will learn about proper latch-on, burping, how to know if baby is eating enough, how to store and thaw breast milk, tips for breastfeeding in public, how to respond to critics (in witty or polite ways - depending on your mood), and how to go about the weaning process.
In sum, this little "pocketbook" guide is handy, friendly, and non-threatening. This would be the perfect baby shower gift, along with a Glamourmom® tank, a tube of Lansinoh HPA® Brand Lanolin, and/or a box of Lansinoh® Ultra Soft Nursing Pads.
WIN IT! One mama will win a copy of Mama Knows Breast: a Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address prior to Sunday, March 2, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, March 3. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #24 doodlegirl. Congratulations!