In this hilarious breastfeeding tell-all, the newly titled reissue of How My Breasts Saved the World, Lisa Wood Shapiro recounts her misadventures of new motherhood from the delivery of her daughter and her rookie days as a food source to the bittersweet end of weaning.
This may be the information age, but so much of nursing and new motherhood know-how still exists in the smart gal's rumor culture. Only after Shapiro shares her own saga, complete with lactation consultants, chocolate binges, and a new use for green cabbage, do her friends and relatives confess to their own travails. New motherhood always happens to the childless, but it is not always instinctual, and one doesn't have to go it alone. There are professionals who can make it work without pain, and it does get easier.
Whether or not your breasts have been involved in any world-saving activities, you won't be able to put this book down until you've read the last line.
Lisa Wood Shapiro, a writer and an Emmy-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS, A&E, Nickelodeon, Noggin, and elsewhere, studied writing with the late Lucy Grealy and the poet Thomas Lux. She is currently finishing her second book and developing a series for television. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.