Book Review – The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by LLL International


If you're looking for a comprehensive information source for everything breastfeeding then look no further!!

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is now in its 8th edition, having first been published in 1958 by La Leche League International. The current edition, published by Pinter and Martin in the UK, is up-to-date with the latest understanding of how breastfeeding works.

This was one of the first breastfeeding books I bought and certainly is one of my most referenced. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding starts out with information about preparing for a baby's arrival and how to get off to the best start breastfeeding. This is followed by a guide to each age and stage of a baby's life. It does through tips and information that would be relevant at each particular point - and really does cover most things you could think of! Finally, it goes through other questions that you may still have, along with tear-out sheets of condensed versions of the book's information.

This is one of the best-known resources for breastfeeding because it really is a guide to each thing that you may encounter along the way. I find it tenderly and thoughtfully written (although I know some people don't like the tone). It contains an index so that you can go to a particular point without having to figure out what age it might occur at. Of course, a book can't replace face-to-face support, but as an information source, it is very valuable. I definitely found it useful during my breastfeeding journey, and when researching my book, Milk!. If you're a boob geek like me then you can read around all the topics that you might not encounter, but they're still fascinating. In my opinion this is well worth a read if you are looking for an 'ages and stages' kind of book.

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