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Why Audiobooks

Question from a reader -

You strongly recommend audio books but I have a bit of trouble seeing myself listening to them regularly.

It just seems vastly inefficient compared to books, and even though it has the same content (perhaps even more through intonation), I feel as though I lose a lot of context when I listen to or watch things instead of reading them - perhaps a different part of the brain is being used? I think the exception to this is motivational work such as Brian Tracy (who I dismissed without reason as some sort of get-rich-quick schemer but gave a listen after your recommendation and enjoyed). Actually, I think conversational style books such as Gladwell's tone, or the research-heavy but not-too-deep books might work well as audio so I may have answered my own question.

Anyway, how did you make the jump to more audio books? What great books switched you over? Why are you such an audio book fan (all the extra books is a good argument, but I feel like there's a lost cost of all the books I now won't read and would hate to risk the greatness of a good book, just as one should usually read the novel before watching the movie).

Okay, this is a common question, observation, and mistake I see. You're thinking "audiobook = replacement for book"... but it's not. Audiobooks are a replacement for staring at your shoes while you're waiting to clear customs and immigration at the airport, while you're in line at the grocery store, or while you're going for a walk or otherwise running errands.

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On Toddler Breastfeeding

Not all of us long time breastfeeders had it easy. In the beginning, breastfeeding was hard. It felt like my nipples were being sucked off of my body. When we get hurt, we know exactly where the pain is. If someone pinches us, we can touch the troubled spot without having to see it. But the nipple pain was nothing like that. It was nowhere and it was everywhere. Each time I carefully latched him on. My fingers felt all around his mouth to make sure everything was where it should be. His latch was fine. Not too shallow, not off center. But the pain was still there. After each nursing session my nipples were smashed, cracked, and often times bleeding.

I did everything I could think of to stop the pain. Relatched a hundred times. Tried every nursing position on the internet. Held his mouth open wider as he latched (this probably made things worse, hindsight is 20/20). Nipple shields. They lessened the pain somewhat, but using the shield I could see the bloody milk that Chase was drinking. Some blood mixed in with breast milk is fine. But seeing it like that, it pushed me over the edge. There I was sitting against the wall on the bed, bloody nipple shield hanging off one boob, a pack of frozen peas pressed against the other balling my eyes out.

I'm gritting my teeth just thinking about it now, years later. That time was so frustrating! The pain was always there no matter what I or Chase did. The first 10 weeks of Chase's life he spent listening to me scream and curse when he nursed. Daddy's nerves must have been shot. He had to watch me writhe in pain all the time. No amount of cuddling, holding, rocking, singing, would calm Chase down. He wanted to be latched on 24/7. Thankfully, one day, the pain went away. I never figured out what was wrong. But my best guess? Inverted nipples. He really was sucking my nipples out. Heh.

Some things are worth fighting for. Worth digging in. Breastfeeding is one of those things. Each of our paths to Breastfeeding Mastery will be different (fantastic book for developing any skill beyond basic competency). But we will all have hurdles we need to overcome. It's important to know that you can overcome them. Like I have. Like so many other mom's have. If you're in a tough spot, buckle down and dig in! Read some breastfeeding books. Find support groups. Take care of yourself (drink lots of water, eat healthy nourishing foods). Approach the problem with the mindset that you will succeed. And keep in mind the solution may be time and practice.

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