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Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About Breastfeeding

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By Ashley Benz, CLC

Updated May 14, 2009

Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains and Politics of


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Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains and Politics of Breastfeeding covers the pains and politics of breastfeeding but forgot to add the pleasures. This made for a very one sided look at breastfeeding.
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  • Multiauthor book gives many accounts


  • Did not hit the pleasurable parts as promised.


  • Paperback
  • Several short stories for easy reading as you nurse
  • Available at many locations

Guide Review - Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About Breastfeeding

I have a small list of books that I recommend people do not read while they are pregnant and nursing. I am adding Unbuttoned to that list. As I read this book, as a nursing mother I found myself really upset with the authors' portrayals of their nursing relationships. For most of the book, you read about people who think that breastfeeding is a hindrance, or how they weren't successful and went on to formula feed. If this were the real-life situation for most mothers, I would understand including all of these stories. However, it is not.

Missing were the stories of moms who overcame difficulties and loved nursing their babies and toddlers. There were no stories of moms who found nursing came easily and they never experienced an issue. The negative tone of this book would discourage any mother from wanting to breastfeed. Including some of the negative stories in the book would have been reasonable, however, fair and balanced would have been better. I just kept waiting for the pleasure parts as promised.

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