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I have only positive things to say about Permission to Mother, an autobiographical account of a thoughtful mother and clinician who courageously writes from her heart, soul, brain, and personal experience; who is open to change in her views and opinions and is not guided by the safety of rules of any group or the status quo; she is guided by love and openness to the experiences life brings her and her family. Her process benefits her and those around her and those who read her words. And to add to that, the writing style and story telling ability here make it a very enjoyable read speckled with both the humor and seriousness of life. ~Laura Keegan RN FNP, author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy (a book review)

A brand new photographic breastfeeding guide has caught my attention.

If you are (or will be) nursing a baby or you are in the position to help a mother nurse a baby, and you have any qualms at all about how to recognize good position and latch, Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy is for you.

There are already quite a few how-to manuals (with drawings) and videos (which did not solidify it for me, despite my preconception of a video being the gold-standard for this purpose) out there.

Family Nurse Practitioner, photographer, and mother of four, Laura Keegan has done an incredible job combining (mostly) her own professional quality photography with descriptive text to describe how to attain the perfect latch.

The photos are amazing. They tastefully convey the tender intimacy of the breastfeeding relationship while instructively showing the steps to obtain proper position and latch. The photos capture very specific moments in time, for example, all the details of the mother's posture, the baby's position, direction of the nipple in relation to baby's mouth, up close latch photos, and more. There are lots of happy satiated babies (from a few days to a few weeks old) shown after a feed near the breast and all the mothers are breastfeeding with comfort and joy. I noticed the photos of dyads breastfeeding with comfort and joy that didn't necessarily "pair" with the text about clinical concerns, but I liked that because as I read about a clinical problem, the photo reminded me of the emotional rewards of why it's worth it to hang in there.

The photos bring back lots of memories. My favorite is the content twins falling off the breast after a feed on page 113. It reminds me of my early days tandem nursing William and Scott. How I tried to capture that moment of contentment of both boys on film and never was successful at getting that recorded. Laura Keegan is an incredible photographer. These photos are technically correct and printed on high quality pages which emphasize every single positive element in the photographs. It won't take you long to read, but the photos will draw you back in for more information.

Beyond the photos and latch instruction, Laura anticipates common concerns and special situations the new mother may face. Laura and I both agree on one important fact--despite obstacles getting in the way of breastfeeding, the mother's desire and the correct technique is most important. Breastfeeding can be successful despite unfortunate (and sometimes necessary) early interventions and this is why I recommend this book.

If you are a mom or you are a helper and have doubts about your ability with latching skills, you need this book. If you are like me--confident in knowing a good latch by intuition--this book defines each step with words creating an organized approached.

Although many babies have the ability to nurse and extract milk in any position, the step-by-step approached becomes critical when you have a compromised baby such as twins or NICU grads or for some other reason won't latch correctly. Several success stories are included in the book and some can be found here.

Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy is a self-published book. The best place to order a copy is at . I look forward to hearing back from you if you benefited from it as much as I did.

For my local readers the LLL of the Treasure Coast has this book in the lending library.

If you are near Dutchess County, New York (about an hour and a half south of Albany, 1 hour North of NYC), and need breastfeeding help or integrative family care, Laura Keegan, RN, FNP is the one to see.

1 comment:

Kristen's Raw said...

I just want to tell you how grateful I am that you're out there... sharing your valuable knowledge, helping families, and being such an awesome mom and wife. You rock!


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