As some readers may have figured out, I’m into breastfeeding. Not in some weirdo pervy fetish way and not in a judgemental “you’re killing your baby if you give it formula”. I breastfeed and I think if you can do it it’s a wonderful thing. Andi Silverman and her book Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding feels the same way and that’s why I think it may well be one of the best books on the subject out there.
The book targets hip mamis who are considering breastfeeding for the first time or who are breastfeeding for the first time. It’s funny and contains so many variations of the word breast shamelessly. I know, like As a mami who didn’t breastfeed her first child, I liked the fact that breastfeeding wasn’t presented as an all or nothing zero sum thing and it didn’t attempt to shame women who didn’t breastfeed by choice or necessity. Many a mami I know have been put off by some books and organizations who make women feel bad about their choice not to breastfeed. The book contains useful information like the good, the bad, and the ugly about breastfeeding. It contains useful tips like different positions for nursing and some possible good nursing tools (although seriously I used one of those nursing pillows for a month, now it’s just decoration). It also debunks the myths, like that coffee or wine is off limits (moderation is key here!) and offers some great comebacks for when people give you the evil eye when you pull your teta out in the subway.
Like most parenting books, the audience is a middle class white one, but modern Latina mamis and all mamis will find the book an excellent resource. My only regret is that the book came after my daughter was born when I was relying on an old 1970 something book that offered the same nonjudgemental support I needed when I first started breastfeeding 8 months ago.