Cassi Clark, author of Breastfeeding is a Bitch: But, We Lovingly Do It Anyway is a highly entertaining read that hits home for those of us who have been highly successful or tremendously utter failures at breastfeeding our newborn babies. Breastfeeding is touted as the “right” thing to do for our children and many mothers look forward to the bonding that is reported to happen during this very intimate act.
Reading this book brought back my memories of when I had my children and my failed attempts to breastfeed. This is a book that any woman who has, is or thinking about breastfeeding should read in order to no lose sleep, question her sanity or feel like a milk machine.
“Nights were the worst. Fighting with a screaming, starving baby in the middle of the night is enough to drive the sanest person to a breakdown. It felt as if the Best Husband Ever got to cuddle my baby, while I nursed a machine.”
Clark talks about her the ins and outs of birthing, breastfeeding and the emotional ups and downs of a new mother. While she uses humor and tongue in cheek descriptions and situations, they are all too real. Clark touches on all the inner thoughts and questions new mothers ask themselves when breastfeeding and provides powerful insight into the minds of mothers who are sleep deprived, nipple sore and mentally exhausted.
When I had my children, there were no classes per se on breastfeeding. For my first child I was not interested as I had to work and couldn’t be bothered with pumping. When I had my second child, I was breastfeeding period. I experienced the same emotions, thoughts and fears that Clark expresses in her book. My doctor was no help and finally, after having my left breast swell up to the size of a watermelon and turn apple red (bag balm for cows is the perfect remedy) I quit. After reading this book, even though it is written with humor and a tongue-in-cheek style, it is all too true! At every baby shower I attend from this point on, the mom-to-be is getting a copy of this book!
Clark’s writing style was smooth, down-home and connected with the readers in a personal manner. She has shared her wisdom and knowledge in a fun yet poignant manner. She touched on everything a new mom feels and experiences with humor and a realism that will help many recognize they are not going crazy nor are they unfeeling/unloving mothers. They are not flawed; they are not imperfect – they are mothers struggling to provide their children with everything they can through personal sacrifice and the nurturing nature of women.
This is a must read and will definitely put a smile on your face!
WordsAPlenty awards this book with a strong five star rating for its unique and loving handling of a natural process.
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