Non-Fiction Review: Lactivate!

LACTIVATE! by Jill Krause
LACTIVATE!: A User’s Guide To Breastfeeding
by Jill Krause, Chrisie Rosenthal IBCLC

5 out of 5 stars

This book has worlds of information about every conceivable situation that might come up while breastfeeding a baby. Whether to use formula, how to encourage baby to latch on, bonding with baby right after birth, breast milk storage guidelines, how to use a breast pump, even what to do if baby is in NICU. There are charts for tracking feeding times, tracking baby’s weight, instructions on burping baby, changing diapers, and how to know if something is wrong with baby’s digestion.

One of the things I really loved about this book are the inspirational quotes reassuring a new mom that she is doing great, she has the right to choose whatever she wants to do for herself and her child, and that each baby will be different. There is no guilt and no shame in doing what is best for your own well-being and for the health of your child!
There are also mental health check-ins for the mother in case she is experiencing post-partum depression or mood swings. There are charts for making sure that the mother is getting good nutrition while breastfeeding, and lessons on what you can and cannot have in the way of alcohol or medications.

The troubleshooting section addressed common questions and concerns that may come up while breastfeeding, from needing a lactation consultant to sleep deprivation and nipple pain.
It answers what to do if you have a cold, what to do if baby won’t latch on, what to do for back pain, when to introduce solid foods to baby, and whether or not it’s okay to give baby a pacifier.

There are also some diagrams and helpful illustrations that can help you determine if baby has thrush, or an improper latch, or is tongue-tied. From birth to weaning, this book has all the answers!

Disclaimer: I have never had a child. I have never breastfed. I have no plans to have a child anytime soon. I read this book because my sister-in-law is breastfeeding my sweet little baby niece, and I wanted to be able to share this book with her.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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