In case you don’t know who Andi is, she runs the blog Mama Knows Breast which is a wonderful site with a lot of useful information. Head over there to see for yourself.
I received a review copy of Mama Knows Breast a few weeks ago and finally have a chance to sit down and tell you all about it. Andi wrote a book that is not only very easy to read and understand, but one that is also witty and humorous. At the end of the introduction, she writes “It’s titty time”. Come on now, that is funny!
While reading the book, I found several sections that appealed to me. You have sections called “From the Mouths of Moms” that tell personal stories of women that breastfed and “Mama Data” which shares factual information. Her chapters have catchy names, such as “Operating Instructions“. I wish I had some when I started breastfeeding!
She doesn’t forget about your spouse/significant other/partner either. There is a whole chapter dedicated to that person that supports you on your breastfeeding journey. I may even have my hubby read the “Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips for Spouses” because he might learn a few things. She offers witty (and serious) replies to use when responding to critics of breastfeeding and offers helpful tips on weaning.
I have been breastfeeding for over 6 months and I will tell you, in all honesty, that I learned from this book. For example, I learned that I could possibly be released from jury duty, if called, due to breastfeeding my baby. I also was directed to my states’ laws regarding breastfeeding (in which I was sadly disappointed). If I had this book when I started breastfeeding, I would have learned that the tingly feeling I have when breastfeeding was my letdown or that those ups and downs were really quite normal. It would have been great to know these things before they happen. This book would have been a welcome addition to my pregnancy library.
The book is written beautifully with cute illustrations (by Cindy Luu). It is the perfect size to throw in your purse or bag and read while waiting for all your prenatal visits or while sitting down to relax. I even was able to hold it in one hand while feeding Joley. I would recommend this book to anyone embarking on the breastfeeding journey or even someone already started down the road.