Many mothers and those who support them do not know that they can experience negative emotions associated with breastfeeding. In modern society breastfeeding is often used – problematically – to exemplify myths about motherhood and maternal love, and is bound up with ideas of what makes a ‘good mother’. In this context nursing aversion and agitation – intense, distressing feelings that are experienced by the mother during breastfeeding – can be both unexpected and hugely upsetting, particularly when women may have already overcome significant challenges in order to breastfeed.
In When Breastfeeding Sucks Zainab Yate examines what we know about this poorly understood aspect of infant feeding, in a carefully researched discussion that will be valuable for individual mothers who may be suffering, and the breastfeeding supporters who work to support them.
"Zainab’s book brings insight and nuance to this neglected area of the breastfeeding conversation." Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book and Give Birth Like a Feminist
"Without denying breastfeeding’s importance, this original book explores the reality that, for some women, it can be hard. An important book that will help not only mothers, but also those who care for them." Maureen Minchin, author of Milk Matters: Infant Feeding and Immune Disorder
"Zainab has collated all the information — the biological and psychological and anthropological — together with stories, hints & tips and important resources, and it's a masterpiece! In this often strangely-divided world of infant feeding, she's the one brave enough to talk about how much it can SUCK, then gives tools to cope and overcome this without being told to simply stop! This is an absolute must-read for anyone in the peripartum industry to understand the true emotional complexities of breastfeeding, and to know how to provide better support. And for those going through it [to know] that they are not alone." Johanna Sargeant, IBCLC, Milk and Motherhood
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The best resource on Aversion
I found reading this book fascinating as it draws on so much relevant research to understand why we experience aversion when breastfeeding, and intertwines it with living in the 21st Century. The author then goes on to detail the phenomenon of aversion, symptoms you may get and some causes, as well as some common triggers and why they might trigger negative emotions. It was so spot on when I thought of my personal experience and I was able to clearly see how my preferences and needs were creating friction in my breastfeeding experience. The last couple of chapters are the best as there is a clear outline to figure out why aversion is happening and how to resolve it. I cannot recommend this book enough to breastfeeding mothers, and especially to their partners as this has helped me immensely in explaining what I am going through to my husband!
MUST READ for all mothers and health professionals
This book says so many things that I felt but never had the words or knowledge to articulate. It validates part of motherhood that isn't commonly discussed but regularly experienced. I honestly feel it's a ground breaking must read!
An incredibly important book
Zainab Yate is a gentle powerhouse of a writer here, who gives a voice to the voiceless. She is the only person to have published research on breastfeeding aversion, and has succeeded in creating a safe space for people to be able to share the true emotional complexity of this phenomenon. She has finally collated all the information -- the biological and psychological and anthropological -- together with stories, hints and tips and important resources, and it is a masterpiece! In this often strangely-divided world of infant feeding, she is the one brave enough to talk about how much it can SUCK, then giving tools to cope and overcome this without being told to simply stop! This is an absolute must-read for anyone in the peripartum industry to understand the true emotional complexities of breastfeeding, and to know how to provide better support. And for those going through this right now, this powerful book will give you brilliant tools and remind you that you are not alone. Pinter and Martin, kudos for publishing this important work.