Still wondering what to get for Christmas?

If you’re like me, you may have to buy yourself your own Christmas presents. If you’re like most women, even if you don’t have to buy your own presents, you’ll have to buy Christmas presents for everybody else in your life (and your husband’s life) too. “What to get for Christmas” — either for yourself or others in your life — is always a difficult question to answer. Laura Keegan has made it easier. I know I just blogged about her book Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, but I want to do it again, because I didn’t realize when I wrote my earlier post that there were excerpts from the book available on her website — just click on the picture of the front cover to view 9 pages from the book.

This book is self-published, and is available only from her website. Since she has to do all of the promoting and distributing herself (not having a big publishing house to undertake the marketing), even if you cannot purchase a copy of the book right now, she would sincerely appreciate any help you can give in “spreading the word”, by telling people about her website (The Breastfeeding, on your blog, or any birth, baby, or “natural living” or “alternative” email lists or groups you’re a member of, or even the old-fashioned way of talking one-on-one.

Some of the people I thought of who would be interested in the book include the following:

  • midwives
  • doulas
  • childbirth instructors
  • obstetricians
  • La Leche League groups or leaders
  • breastfeeding consultants
  • lactation specialists
  • WIC offices (since they serve low-income mothers and babies, who are at higher risk of many negative occurrences, these women and children can especially profit from the benefits of breastfeeding)
  • pediatricians
  • L&D nurses
  • nurses or other workers in hospitals or doctors’ offices
  • family physicians
  • any “birth junkie”
  • pregnant women
  • new moms (and this is not limited to first-time mothers — I just recently found out that one of the people on an email list I’m on has for the first time managed to successfully breastfeed her child beyond 2-3 weeks… and this is baby #5! Nursing was excruciating for her with all of the babies, and she always gave up; finally she decided to stick with it, even through the intense pain, for at least 6 weeks. Getting past the three-week mark finally made breastfeeding not (as) painful for her, and she can actually see herself continuing to nurse her baby.)

If you want to give a meaningful gift to any of the above people in your life — whether for Christmas, a baby shower, a “thank you” gift, a birthday present, Mother’s Day, or “just because” — this will be truly appreciated. Even if you can’t get this book in time to present it at Christmas, you can order the book, and give a beautiful card telling the recipient that the present will be arriving very soon. Also, when you get those, um, less-than-wonderful gifts on Thursday, and you’re tempted to exchange it at the store — why not get a refund, and then buy yourself what you really want? And why get just one book? — order several, so that you’ll always have something to give when those gift-giving occasions sneak up on you or slip your mind.

I can’t wait to get mine!


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