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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition (La Leche League International Book)

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Ivengar SR, Walker WA, 2012. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22684347

There isn't even good practical advice; the section on different breastfeeding positions doesn't even have images for every position! Honestly this book deserves zero stars- whatever useful breastfeeding info contained here can be found in less patronizing books. LLLI maintains a close working relationship with the World Health Organisation. Because of the influence of LLL the WHO recognises the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the baby’s life, which the UK NHS has also adopted as best practice. LLLI are partners with WABA.Many LLLGB Leaders are active in their communities helping to ensure quality breastfeeding support is available to mothers. Many Leaders sit on: Infant Feeding Strategy Groups, Breastfeeding Local Implementation Groups, and Maternity Voices Partnerships.

I get that the LLL organization and the authors are coming from a place and context where breastfeeding was actively discouraged, but a) going full circle to shame women who don't have an easy natural time breastfeeding is not the answer and b) this perspective is not relevant to my context at all, and I know for others too. I don't need soapbox preaching about how great breastfeeding is, I need practical help and reassurance about having challenges. Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. (From LLLI Policies and Standing Rules.) Most LLL Groups have a comprehensive library of books on breastfeeding and parenting available for loan to members. You can also buy many of these books from LLLGB Shop along with our full range of leaflets.


Did I mention that the book mostly uses 'he' to refer to a generic baby, with a sprinkling of 'she' with no indication of why? real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience

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