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An Interview: Breastfeeding101 – A portrayal of the pleasures & pains of breastfeeding

This is Sarah

South African, age 34
Location- at the Christ Church in Kenilworth, Cape Town.
Feeding her 7-month-old child
Photographed October 2019

After struggling with infertility my husband and I are thrilled to be parents. Breastfeeding is one of the hardest and one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The bond that it has forged between my son and I is very precious.

I felt so emotional hearing the stories from your book and hearing from other women in the Moms Connect group. Emotional because I know how much of a sacrifice it is to breastfeed, how discouraged one can feel on some days and how much it is a tool for nurturing a child.

In 2019 I published my first book, Breastfeeding 101, which features candid portraits of 101 breastfeeding women as well their honest stories. In this blog post you see one of the mothers represented with a short personal blurb about her breastfeeding journey.

The idea for this book was unexpectedly sparked three years ago when I started seeing a lot of controversial social media content about breasts, nipples and breastfeeding.

Looking forward I hope my book can help normalise what is already a women’s most natural act. I would love to see the breastfeeding percentage rate in South Africa double. It came as a surprise to learn that, according to the 2018 statistics of the World Health Organisation (WHO), our country has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world.

Breastfeeding 101 features mothers from South Africa as well as around the globe and serves as a first-hand body of information – an unintentional handbook – directly from the women it captures.

Breastfeeding 101 is a book that wasn’t intended as a manual but may serve as one.

Basic info about the book:

Title: Breastfeeding 101
Publisher: Self-published via Staging Post
Format: Hardcover, 22 x 27cm, 224 pages
Price: ZAR385
Available for purchase via Exclusive Books, The Book Lounge and directly from the author.