Breast is best" in the 21st century; research supports breast milk as the best food for babies. But there's little said about the realities of nursing for the nursing mother. Is nursing an innate calling or a learned skill? Lisa Wood Shapiro assumes that she will be a natural-after all, hadn't Brooke Shields put baby to breast without a hitch in The Blue Lagoon? Surely after spending nine months gripped by labor fears, a brand new mom could count on the simple joy of seeing her newborn latch on and drink. Turns out, it's not that simple. Filled with panic and convinced that her breasts will explode, Lisa finally reaches out for help. Two lactation consultants, one support group, and a week's worth of cold cabbage leaves later, she learns how to survive-and prosper-as a nursing mom.
In this laugh-out-loud book, Lisa depicts her struggles and triumphs with humor and humility. She offers advice, addresses rumors, and breaks taboos with the candor of a best friend and the voice of experience. Among her discoveries: Breastfeeding doesn't really burn as many calories as running a marathon every day; the "Brest Friend" pillow really is a mother's best friend; new moms fib about nursing more than money or sex. And manual pumping? Forget about it!
How My Breasts Saved the World is a must-read for every expectant and new mother. Sure, saving the world might be a lofty claim, but civilization was built on breast milk. And if a reader learns anything from this book, it's that a nursing mother is always right.
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Published May 1, 2004
by Lyons Press.
Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships.