This is the latest of six books I’ve written for the wonderful online community Netmums and like all the others, it takes a non-judgemental, non-prescriptive approach and features tips and shared wisdom from those most qualified of experts: the Netmums themselves.
You can get your a copy here >
Here’s an excerpt from the book.
If you’ve run into problems with breastfeeding, you’re not alone. For some mums it becomes hard going – perhaps because it’s more painful, exhausting, or restrictive than they had imagined, because of difficulties getting a baby to feed or anxiety about milk flow, or because of a specific problem such as mastitis or thrush. Mums who do carry on through difficulties early on in breastfeeding tend to agree it clicks into place after the first month or two.
So, if you’ve hit a rough patch but you’re determined to feed your baby for the optimum six months that’s officially recommended, or beyond, then your best bet is to seek as much help as you can in finding a solution, and battle on.
If, on the other hand, difficulties with breastfeeding are making you truly miserable; are causing problems for other members of the family; or are prompting genuine concern about your baby’s health or growth, then you should certainly consider the alternatives. For some mums, it can be disappointing having to ditch or reduce breastfeeds – for others, a relief.
Either way, it’s not something you need to feel guilty about. As long as your baby’s getting the nourishment he needs to thrive, he’ll be doing fine.