I wish I would have read Breastfeeding Made Simple before my girls were born. But during that time, I was either too busy being sick, or reading about pregnancy and birth. I ignored most resources pertaining to life with a newborn. It seemed as though all my thoughts and efforts were looking forward to the Big Event: Birth. As if once my baby were born, the hard part would be over. As if once she arrived, it would all be down hill from there. I wish, I wish, I wish, that I had prepared myself a bit more for the "after" days--the first weeks of postpartum and breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Made Simple is written by women who have had years of experience working with nursing mothers. In their book, they have listed seven natural laws to breastfeeding. These laws are not strict rules or commandments, but rather natural wonders that God seems to have embedded in us from the start.
The Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding are:
1. Babies are Hardwired to Breastfeed: Babies are born with both the instincts and the reflexes to breastfeed.
2. Mother's Body is Baby's Natural Habitat: Touching his mother's body triggers growth and development.
3. Better Feel and Flow Happen in the Comfort Zone: A baby'sgood latch is a basic to successful breastfeeding.
4. More Breastfeeding at First Means More Milk Later: The first week of feeding.
5. Every Breastfeeding Couple Has Its Own Rhythm: To set your milk supply, follow your baby's natural pattern.
6. More Milk Out Equals More Milk Made: The more your baby drinks, the more milk you will make.
7. Children Wean Naturally: Weaning comfortably and happily.
The book also talks about how to build up and keep your milk supply, how to help your baby get a proper latch, and how to deal with certain situations such as prematurity, clef palate, and slow weight gain.
I found this book to be informative as well as motivating. The authors are confident in what they are saying, yet they are gentle with how they present the information. It seems to me that their goal of writing was not to show off their knowledge and experience, but rather to empower every nursing mother.
I recommend this book to every woman (and man) who are committed to breastfeeding their baby, and are interested in not only the "how" but also the "why" breastfeeding can be simple.
I strongly suggest this book to anyone working with breastfeeding couples and babies.
"Instead of thinking of breastfeeding as a skill you need to master, or a measure of your worth as a mother, think about breastfeeding as primarily a relationship." --pg. 20
"Habitat is the place where behavior occurs. And the mother's body is a baby's natural habitat, the place where babies breastfeed." --pg. 30
Happy Reading :)