New Book Offers Moms-to-be Peek into Non-Textbook Realities of Motherhood

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In honor of 2013 World Breastfeeding Week, author Kathryn Michaels is offering a complimentary download of "Crazy For Milk" for new and expectant moms.

Crazy for Milk
This book should be read by every new mother & mother to be. It hit so many nails on the head it was just frightening ... I remember so many of these feelings as a new mom & couple. ~ Amazon review

If you are a mom who is expecting, you have likely been reading endlessly about the technical aspects of pregnancy, but what about the aspects of new motherhood no one discusses? In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, author Kathryn Michaels is offering a complimentary download of her book "Crazy for Milk" to prepare soon-to-be moms for some of the emotional challenges that may come with motherhood.

Most mothers bring their bundle of joy into the world with the expectation of being able to breastfeed their infant and indeed, many succeed after delivery. Approximately 76.9% of women in the United States successfully breastfeed their child at birth. However, some are unable to continue as time goes by. The rate drops to 61.3% at 3 months and 47.2% at 6 months. According to a survey by the Department of Health and Human Services, only 36% of new mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months and this declines to 16.3% at 6 months.

Hopefully, by catching a glimpse of the non-textbook realities of motherhood, expectant moms will be better prepared to deal with the unexpected when their bundle of joy arrives and they start nursing.

So, what are some of the non-textbook realities?

Apart from dealing with the sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion of motherhood, the reality of nursing a newborn in her life often brings about emotional challenges arising from:

  •     renewing intimacy in the new mother’s relationship with her husband/partner/father of her child,
  •     managing social pressures from her extended circle of family and friends, and
  •     dealing with her own internal guilt if she is unable to continue breastfeeding.

In line with the 2013 World Breastfeeding Week theme ‘Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers’, the book also highlights the importance of having a solid support structure from the new mother’s husband/partner/father of her child, family and friends while she is nursing ... and how the lack thereof can impact her ability to continue breastfeeding her child in the months to come.

Kathryn Michaels is the author of Bedroom Secrets, a reality-inspired series about millennium moms, released by Islandreamz Publishing and available on Amazon in paperback and on kindle. Interested parties can download a complimentary copy of “Crazy For Milk” at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AQBDRFI. For more information about her books or Kathryn Michaels, please log on to http://www.writemekathryn.com/ or contact the publisher, Islandreamz Publishing at +1 (416) 275-5195.

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Breastfeeding Report Card – United States, 2012