Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Andi Silverman

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Stars: ****

I received a copy to review from Andi herself through her blog Mama Knows Breast

My first impression upon flipping through the book was that it has a similar format to the Baby Owner’s Manual and the Toddler Owner’s Manual books. I also like that the cover art is of a woman breastfeeding and reading a copy of Mama Knows Breast!

At first glance I was also surprised by the size of the book. It’s a lot smaller than I was expecting, only 152 pages. However as I read, I realized that not everyone has the time nor the inkling to read a 400 page manual on breastfeeding. Some moms and moms-to-be just don’t have that kind of spare time. Mama Knows Breast contains the basic information you need to know to breastfeed in a concise book that’s easy to read. If you want to read further, she does provide some resources at the end of the book.

Overall I enjoyed the read and I think that Mama Knows Breast is a great addition to a mom-to-be’s library, even if she hasn’t decided if she wants to breastfeed or not. It was refreshing to read a book about breastfeeding that didn’t belittle those who choose not to breastfeed or not to breastfeed for long.

There were only two parts I thought could have a little more. After she talks about tandem nursing she mentions that some weaned children may ask to taste your breast milk. She gives possibilities of what your child may do/say if you say yes and if you say no. However there should have been one more line that says that it’s up to the woman to decide if she should say yes or no and that either is acceptable. Also when she talks about storing frozen breast milk, she says to only use plastic bags specifically designed for the purpose. However you can also use glass jars if you sterilize them properly.

I enjoyed the True/False section which explains common myths about breastfeeding. I also liked the Responding to Critics section where ideas for responses are given to possible scenarios (like being asked to leave an establishment for nursing.) My only qualm is that more scenarios and responses should have been given.

My favourite part?

“Deja Poo. After talking so much about milk, we have to consider what happens to that milk. It’s a little crass to mention it, but there’s just no way around dealing with dirty diapers. You’re going to have to get used to pee in your hair, poop under your fingernails, and the joys of the public-restroom changing table. ” – pg. 63

If you want to buy Mama Knows Breast by Andi Silverman, it goes on sale in bookstores and online September 15, 2007.

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