Top critical review
Judgmental and unhelpful
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019
This book spends so much time going on tangents about things that are not breastfeeding (sleeping, swaddling, drugs, natural childbirth) and it's really hard to find the information you need. I found the dense text impenetrable while sleep deprived. I needed more pictures, more troubleshooting techniques and a lot less, "breastfeeding is the best relationship you'll have..." and "if you had anything but a natural birth, well, no wonder you're suffering now from a bad latch, low supply, a colicky baby, you name it." As someone who was ultimately unable to go natural after over 40 hours of natural labor, it made me feel really attacked at a time when I just could not handle criticism. Months later I don't really care. I got a lactation consultant and figured it out and my hormones aren't making me feel like every little decision is the end of the world. In the moment, though, it made me feel desperate and like a failure.