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.
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.
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 http://www.thebreastfeedingbook.com/ . 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.