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This review is from: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (Paperback)I purchased this book based on the good reviews from Amazon, and I give it 1 star, because I would say that that is how much of this book is useful. Most of it is just a biased push to breastfeed 100% of the time and makes the reader feel like if they don't, then they are a terrible mother who will have a child who grows up with physical and developmental problems. If you are pro-attachment parenting - breastfeeding until past age 2, wearing your child at all times you aren't breastfeeding, and co-sleeping (which has been proven to increase the risk of SIDS by the way) - then I guess this book is for you. This book also uses made-up anecdotes as "evidence" - incredibly patronizing stories to guilt the reader into ensuring their own agenda (e.g. Em and Abe). These are fabricated stories that the authors have made up to suit their own purpose.
As well as all of the breastfeeding propaganda, this book is also VERY against any type of medication during birth and goes so far as to term them "medicated" versus "unmedicated" babies which is beyond insulting. Not all women can, or choose to have an unmedicated birth due to a NUMBER of different reasons, including myself who has had a vaginal pain disorder my entire life. There is even a quote listed that sarcastically says basically good luck to any woman during the first month of their baby's life if they DID have any medications during birth (such as an epidural) as it's going to be rough. Any parts of the book that ARE useful I don't find really go into major details, they just refer the reader to their "local La Leche League" for more information. Well thanks, that's why I bought a 500 page book on breastfeeding. Not impressed, and not the book to which I will be referring if I have any issues breastfeeding my child.