What I'm about to say might be "controversial" to some but as I've said before my goal is to share my life in the real true colors of it, in the hopes that someone may be able to benefit from my thoughts.
With the coming of baby comes a TON of decisions. Cloth or disposable? Rooming in, family bed or in nursery? Breastfeed or bottle feed? All of the decisions have been pretty easy ones for Dirk and I. We have decided to use disposable (for the time being), baby will room in with us in her bassinet for the first couple months and I will breastfeed.
It's the breastfeeding part that really gets me. I'm all for breastfeeding, I understand the pros and cons and I'm 100% fully dedicated to it. With that said, I am more anxious and worried about breastfeeding than anything else. I decided that the best thing to do would be to read about it so that I could get rid of this fear of the unknown. I heard great things about "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by the La Leche League so I borrowed it from a friend. I was so excited to sit down and read it but as I began reading I was totally turned off.
I totally agree that breastfeeding is a privilege and a special time for bonding with baby but the way this book portrays breastfeeding is as if it is almost a religious experience. I couldn't get through the first chapter. I don't want to get warm fuzzies when reading about breastfeeding. I want to know all the ins and outs. How do I do it? What are the complications that come with breastfeeding? And lets just be honest nothing is so amazing that it doesn't have it's down sides. What are the cons of breastfeeding? Surely there has to be some.
Finally, after trying to read through the first chapter like 3 times I just put it down and decided that it wasn't for me. I need a book that's gonna get down to the nitty gritty and tell me about all sides of breastfeeding. We went to Borders and I found a book called "Breastfeeding Sucks: What to do when your mammaries make you miserable." That sounded like a book for me but after reading a few pages I realized that it wasn't for me at this stage in the breastfeeding process. Then I saw "The Breastfeeding Book" by the ever trusty Dr. Sears. After flipping through his book I realized that it was exactly what I needed. All information, no warm fuzzies, just the facts. I have barely started reading it but I'm really glad that I decided to find another book.
I have to admit I felt a little guilty not reading "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" because so many women raved about how amazing it was and how it really depicted the true sense of breastfeeding. Maybe I'll feel differently once baby Dallas is born but at this point, "Please, just give me the facts!"