Ashley’s questions for me over the weekend what breastfeeding book she should read before baby arrives. I had to think about it, because I don’t have one specific book that I recommend. There are so many out there, that I haven’t read them all.
One thing I have found is that it’s helpful when the book has a little humor in it. Breastfeeding can be hard, but it’s important to remember to relax and enjoy. Too many facts and figures and horror stories can really freak out a mom. And really you want me to be relaxed and confident.
By the end of the book, I want an expectant mom to think “I can do this. It might not be completely wonderful and perfect, but my body and baby is capable.” Also I want her to know enough basics that she knows when to ask for help, and some basic strategies that will help make her successful.
One book that I’ve read and fits this bill is “The Food of Love: The Easier Way to Breastfeed Your Baby” by Kate Evans. It’s just a cartoonist’s look at motherhood. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it covers the basics, in a fun and entertaining way.
What about you? Did you have any books that you read during pregnancy that helped you feel more prepared for breastfeeding (and just having a baby in general)?
Also, did you have any books that you DIDN’T like? (Maybe books that were a little judgmental, or had you feeling paranoid while you read it?) I'd love to hear your thoughts!