According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, breastfeeding rates in the United States have increased significantly within the past two decades, rising from 60% of infants born between 1993 and 1994 being breastfed to 77% of infants born 2005-2006. Human milk is the ideal food for most infants, as it provides infants with anti-bodies that protect against infection in the early postpartum period. Aside from being less expensive than formula feeding, nursing a baby can help a mother get back to her pre-pregnancy weight sooner. Perhaps most importantly, breastfeeding is one of the simplest, most natural ways in which she can bond with her child.

However, people have many different opinions about breastfeeding, both positive and negative. In Unbuttoned (Harvard Common Press), a collection of essays edited by Dana Sullivan and Maureen Connolly, 25 women share their thoughts and feelings about breastfeeding, all from the standpoint of personal experience. Their stories are, by turns, enlightening, entertaining, moving, and thought provoking.

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