BREASTFEEDING IS A BITCH, BUT WE LOVINGLY DO IT ANYWAY

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ISBN-13-9781483537597

IndieBrag Medallion Honoree Breastfeeding is a Bitch, But We Lovingly Do it Anyway

indieBRAG Medallion Honoree 2015

“Breastfeeding is being championed. Yay!” We cheer on social media, and around our female friends with feminist pride. But at three am you may be cudgeling yourself with, “Oh, dear god, what have we done.” Intellectually, we all know it’s better for our babies, and instinctually, many of us want to do it. But for some of us, at no point during our pregnant daydreaming did we really understand the pain, frustration, self-judgment, and fear we would be in for by choosing to breastfeed. 

For some women there is a great fear surrounding breastfeeding. It is an unidentified fear, a sinking feeling, an unnamed anxiety. A friend of mine’s saintly cousin called this fear her “Impending Sense of Doom.”…She trained her family to tell her everything was going to be OK and to cheer her on…I picture her husband and other kids cheering her on, pompoms in hand, every three hours. While the fear part is awful, having a cheering squad every time you feed your baby seems awesome!

For me the fear was precipitated by pain. By the end of week two of nursing, my nipples felt like they were being held in vice grips while being licked by a cat with a sandpaper tongue over and over. I was pretty sure I could hear the scraping, but I may have been hallucinating from the pain. Both nipples were cracked and white, when they weren’t bleeding …Hoping it would resolve itself, I grinned and bore the pain, and had fantasies of giving The Best Husband Ever the worst titty twisters of his life just so I wouldn’t be alone in the pain.

We tell ourselves that breastfeeding is natural, and therefore we should all be able to do it. While it is natural, it is not easy. This book is for every woman who found the truth of breastfeeding to be somewhat askew from her pre-baby fantasies, and for every woman who does not want to be taken by surprise by the latch – or lack there of.

Includes topics like:

  • Latching onto Latching

  • Screaming at the Breast

  • The Good, the Bad And the Ugly of Pumping

  • Nursing Mothers Do it in Groups

  • Mastitis, Engorgement and Other Pains in the Boob

  • Woman vs the Cover

  • And Then There Were Teeth

  • The Bottle Battle

 

This book is not intended for diagnosis, but for entertainment and commiseration.

Amamantar es una Jodienda, Sin Embargo Lo Hacemos Con Amor

Aclamamos “¡Lactancia, sí!”en las redes sociales y con nuestras amigas con orgullo feminista, pero a las tres de la mañana puede que estés pegándote contra la pared diciendo, “Oh, dios, ¿qué he hecho”? Intelectualmente, sabemos que es lo mejor para nuestros bebés; e instintivamente, muchas de nosotras queremos lograrlo. Sin embargo, nuestra ensoñación durante el embarazo no nos prepara para el dolor, la frustración, la auto crítica y el miedo que experimentamos cuando escogemos la lactancia.

 

La lactancia puede ser pan comido, pero más a menudo, es un bebé que se despega para llorar, es… tener los pezones tan lastimados que se sienten como si un alicate los estuviera apretando a la vez que un gato los estuviera lamiendo, es …los desmadres a las tres de la mañana, es… tener las tetas dolorosamente congestionadas de leche y es… tener una mastitis con síntomas de influenza. Y además de esto, también existe el sacaleche. Es por esto, que tan solo considerar la lactancia te hace una santa. 

 

Nos decimos a nosotras mismas que lactar es natural y por lo tanto deberíamos poder lograrlo. Sin embargo, a pesar de que es natural no es fácil. Este libro es para toda aquella mujer que se ha dado cuenta de que la verdad sobre la lactancia está un poco desviada de sus fantasías de gravidez y para toda mujer que no quiera que el agarre – o falta de agarre - de su bebé la tome por sorpresa. 

 

Este libro no tiene el propósito de diagnosticar, sino de entretenimiento y conmiseración.

Se incluyen temas tales como:

 

  • Pegarse al pecho

  • Llorando en el pecho

  • Las mamás amamantan en grupo

  • Lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo del sacaleche

  • Mujer vs. Cobertor

  • Y llegaron los dientes 

  • La lucha con el tetero

  • Mastitis, congestión y otros dolores en el pecho

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