Breastfeeding Made Easy – Review

The other week I heard a statistic which said that 80% of mothers will start off breastfeeding but by 6 weeks only 25% will still be doing it.  I was shocked. That means for every mother who carries on feeding at least 2 more will have given up!

We all know “breast is best” in theory but breast is also flipping hard work.  As I wrote a few months ago in my post about my own tips for getting started with breastfeeding – It doesn’t matter how natural it is breastfeeding can be really daunting.

Breastfeeding Made Easy - front coverBreastfeeding Made Easy” by Carlos Gonzalez is written to be a friendly, supportive and accessible book which answers the “real life questions mothers have about breastfeeding”.

In reality no new mother has the time or concentration skills to read a book from cover to cover and and actually absorb the information so a lengthy, complex book about breastfeeding isn’t going to help anyone – the idea behind this book is that you can just dip in and out as you need it.  For this reason I love the “Mini Index” which lists the most common things breastfeeding mother’s are going to want to read about:

“My breasts are sore” 

“I haven’t got enough milk” 

“Baby feeding all the time” 

“Baby refusing to feed” 

“Baby not gaining weight” 

“I’ve had alcohol / a cigarette / painkillers / drugs”

“I’m poorly”

“Everything’s going well!”

Being able to quickly access the relevant bits of information and then read them in easy, bite size chunks is ideal when you’re tired and stressed out with feeding.  The tone of the book is relaxed but authoritative, straight forward and on occasion slightly sarcastic.  I really like the fact that it’s not all airy fairy and just gives practical, supportive advice to boost your confidence in your own ability to breastfeed.

I am also able to offer you a 30% discount & free postage if you purchase direct from Pinter & Martin – just enter the code bmeblog 

*Disclaimer – I was provided with a copy of this Breastfeeding Made Easy free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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25 Comments

  1. May 7, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    This sounds like just what I need. I really struggled to BF with my daughter (now 6months) and we combi-fed from 5weeks after 2weeks of me not being able to feed her at all. I'm pregnant again and really want to be able to understand what my previous issues were before I try again. No one tells you that it might be difficult or hurt Like hell!!!

    • May 7, 2014 / 9:52 pm

      It sounds like this book would be really helpful for you! Forewarned is forearmed and all that. I really hope you manage to feed successfully this time. Good luck! x

  2. May 7, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    Hi, I did try but it wasn't for me. I think the formulas you can buy these days are just as good as breastfeeding so no mother should feel bad if they decide not to breast feed.

  3. May 8, 2014 / 3:24 am

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  4. May 8, 2014 / 6:29 am

    i did for about 3 months, wish i had carried on!

  5. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 / 8:54 am

    Being a man I havent breastfed!!! But my "other half" did and there were no problems – I did draw the line at feeding in public though
    Spencer Broadley

  6. May 8, 2014 / 10:56 am

    currently feeding my 15 month old 🙂 we feed anywhere and everywhere, i get the odd stare, but i always smile back, if they don't like it they don't have to look. I'm sure my son will decide when hes had enough and let me know

  7. Hannah J
    May 8, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    I'm 32 weeks pregnant and planning to breast feed. My mum breast fed both me and my brother and I'm pretty sure my grandma breasted both my mum and her brother. Is there anything more natural than feeding your baby? I think it's like with any new thing. At the moment it is scary, it does worry me like what if in the middle of the night I can't get baby to latch on, do I keep trying or still what point do I despatch Chris to the local supermarket for bottle feeding supplies. I'm sure in 10 weeks time when baby might have been here a few weeks I'll be a dab hand at it and will just get my boob out and get on with it lol. Part of me wants to be confident enough just to do it in public but then I'm very English and will probably wimp out and hide under a cover lol. I guess we'll have to see what works for us.

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  9. May 12, 2014 / 7:49 am

    Loved breast feeding. Although I wish there was more support in how to wean them off, at 17 months neither of us were enjoying it anymore and found support tough to find. Having said that can't wait to do it again. My sister in law is just beginning her journey and would love to give her this book x

  10. Pam Francis Gregory
    May 14, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I think it should be a choice for the individual.

  11. Pam Francis Gregory
    May 14, 2014 / 8:44 pm

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  12. May 15, 2014 / 7:48 am

    I managed to breastfeed my son till he was 15 months old when he gave up on his own.

  13. May 17, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    With both my kids I breastfed them for about three weeks and then went over to formula, I just found it really uncomfortable and having rather large 38J breasts I was always scared I was suffocating them! My cousin has just had a baby and this would be a fab prize for her!

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  14. May 17, 2014 / 6:44 pm

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  15. May 19, 2014 / 9:17 am

    I tried for about a week with both my boys but couldnt get it right.
    I believe 10 years later, there is a lot more help and support available so hoping to do better with bump!

  16. May 19, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    I've not had my first child yet but would certainly prefer to breastfeed x

  17. May 19, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    I fed my daughter and son till just over 18 months – to give them the best immunity over 2 winters, especially during the swine flu panic!

  18. May 19, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I fed all 4 of my children until they were 12 months. Now I'm happy to say my daughters are successfully breast feeding my new born grandson and granddaughter.

  19. Anonymous
    May 20, 2014 / 6:53 am

    i know there are many opinions.for me ids always always prefer breaste feeding if i can.some people cant and ive seen what that does to them.it can help i think with all sorts from bonding to rest.knowing eachothers needs,health.
    for me breast is prefered.ill always try that first.and have to admit it wont feel the same if i cant.i would be a bit upset yes.

  20. May 20, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    Breasted all three of my children for at least 6 months. My daughter is hoping she will be able to do the same.

  21. katefever
    May 20, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    I love breastfeeding – it's such a time of closeness.

  22. katefever
    May 20, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Commented on Envie de Fraises nursing top review too

  23. May 20, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Managed to tandem feed twins for a couple of months, but then struggled with number 3. 🙁

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