The Breastfeeding Café

Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing
Barbara L. Behrmann
A candid collection of stories exploring the full spectrum of emotions and circumstances that characterize the nursing experience


Compelling, moving, and diverse, the stories in The Breastfeeding Café —from women all over the country—reveal the nursing relationship in all its complexity and seek to create a culture in which breastfeeding women are visible, accepted, and valued.

Barbara L. Behrmann has a Ph.D from Penn State University. A sociologist by training, she is a freelance writer who has spent much of the last eight years researching breastfeeding and other maternity-related issues and interviewing women about their breastfeeding experience. She lives in Ithaca, New York, and is the mother of two breastfed children. Visit her Web site at

Praise / Awards

  • "This book should be a gift at every baby shower. Dr. Behrmann's wisdom, warmth, and information are heartwarming, reassuring, and practical."
    —Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

  • "Here at long last is a guided tour of women's actual experiences with breastfeeding. The Breastfeeding Cafe offers clinicians invaluable insights, and new mothers---whatever their backgrounds---will find in its pages their own place on the bell curve of the human experience that is breastfeeding."
    —Diane Wiessinger, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

  • "A fascinating mixture of storytelling and information, The Breastfeeding Cafe wisely and honestly explores the history, culture, and realities of breastfeeding. An inspiring, supportive, and influential book."
    —Penny Simkin, co-author of Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

  • ". . . intimate anecdotes offer emotional validation not found in how-to breastfeeding books."

  • "Behrmann deftly creates a tapestry of women's voices interwoven with well-researched background and thoughtful commentary. She validates the diversity of circumstances and emotions surrounding the embodied experience of nursing. She empowers women to persevere in a culture of oppression and devaluation of mothering and breastfeeding. . . . It would appeal to breastfeeding mothers, who could find at least one story that resonates in their own lives. It is also an important selection for lactation professionals seeking to learn more about women's personal experiences. The Breastfeeding Cafe is a sourcebook for discovering the underlying needs of nursing mothers."
    Journal of Human Lactation

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Copyright © 2005, Barbara L. Berhmann. All rights reserved.

News, Reviews, Interviews

Read: Barbara L. Behrmann listed in Brain, Child Magazine, Wilton, CT (Link) | 10/25/2015

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 328pp.
  • 15 drawings.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2005
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06875-3

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  • $24.95 U.S.