The new ultimate guide to successful breastfeeding
Let’s face it; postpartum is hard, no matter how you feed your baby. Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck is a unique breastfeeding book in that it shows mothers how to navigate their breastfeeding journey while also caring for their mental health. Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is both a psychologist and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, with more than 30 years’ experience in both lactation and mental health. Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck contains information that you will not find in other breastfeeding books such as a thorough discussion of breastfeeding’s impact on sleep, safe (and unsafe) bedsharing, and how where babies sleep impacts their mothers’ mental health.
It includes an in-depth and practical discussion of social support. Most breastfeeding books tell mothers they need “support,” but are often vague about what it is or how they can get it. Unfortunately, people often try to “help,” but undermine breastfeeding in the process. This book describes what effective help looks like and gives specific suggestions for partners, grandmothers, and friends who want to help. Mothers will also learn how to navigate healthcare systems that can often undermine breastfeeding and mental health.
Formula companies tell mothers that all of their problems will be solved if only they would switch. It’s not true; these issues will still be there even if mothers stop breastfeeding. These are the “five I’s of new motherhood”: idleness, isolation, incompetence, identity, and intensity. If mothers are unprepared for these feelings, they can undermine both her breastfeeding and her mental health.
Finally, Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck provides information on common breastfeeding problems, such as nipple pain and low milk supply, but always keeping mothers’ mental health in mind. Breastfeeding, when it’s going well, protects mothers’ mental health. Conversely, breastfeeding problems increase the risk of depression and anxiety. Addressing breastfeeding problems supports mothers’ mental health. The ultimate goal of this book is that mothers and babies navigate postpartum and come through it happy, healthy, and securely attached.