Finding Support Through a Book

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about non-traditional breastfeeding support. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!

I love to read. I read for parenting, of course, but I also read a lot for pleasure. Generally I have to separate these two categories, but with the book Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding, they intermingle quite nicely.

Have Milk, Will Travel is a book full of stories from nursing moms. Moms from all walks of life with all sorts of different nursing experiences. Moms who nursed for just a short period of time and ended switching to formula. Moms who pumped in order to keep their nursing relationships going. All sorts of ups and downs that we’ve all experienced in our years of breastfeeding.

My favorite story from the book is one of a mom who works for ESPN producing basketball games. We’re big NBA fans around this house, so I was immediately enthralled to hear a story from someone on the other side of things. She goes through what it’s like in a normal day working and pumping so that she can bring home milk to her little baby. Through the day she embarrasses former professional basketball players, gets walked in on while pumping by an intern, brings way over the limit of liquids (her breast milk) on an airplane, and a bunch of other funny stuff along the way. All this work to bring home her “liquid gold” to her daughter waiting in daddy’s arms.

We’ve all been in silly situations from nursing. The time when you don’t realize your breast is exposed as you’re greeting the UPS guy at the front door. The time when your toddler starts nursing her barbies in front of someone who may find it quite odd. And we’ve all been through rough times too. The time when you felt embarrassed because your dad wouldn’t stay in the same room while you nursed. The time you spilled a whole brand-new bottle of pumped milk. This book shares it all and it does it in a real and often humorous way.

In our fast-paced society, it’s hard to find time to sit down and connect with people. Of course there’s no substitution for going to a La Leche League meeting or calling up a friend who has been there, but this book makes a good attempt. So when you’re between meetings or up in the middle of the night nursing your teething 6 month old for the umpteenth time, check out this book. You’ll be happy you did.

Rachel, the awesome lady who put this work of art together, has offered a special discount to all of you today also. Of course you can find it at Demeter Press and Amazon. Or you can contact her directly and get at rachel {at} ddtr {dot} net and get $5 off and free shipping (US) in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, through August 7. What a wonderful deal!

Here are more posts by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.

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