Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Spotlight on Joy!

I've had some great news on the book front today:
  1. Things are steaming along at the printers.
  2. Mother's Direct - the selling component of Australian Breastfeeders Association - have decided they will stock the book in their online store.
  3. Have heard from three more media contacts about possible reviews/articles/promotions.

But, while you're waiting for more, I thought I'd give you a little insight into why I believed that I should include Frequently Asked Questions answered by a breastfeeding specialist (i.e. lactation consultant) in the book.

Although I strongly believe the book is helpful due to the stories from many different mums about their many different breastfeeding experience, I thought having an expert's advice in the book, meant that Breastfeeders Anonymous offered a whole package. There are a number of informative books out there on the topic and a fair few containing personal experiences, but I beleive the key to a great breastfeeding book is combining both.

Luckily, after a brief search, I found Joy Anderson... and I thought I'd give you a little bit of background info on the lady behind the FAQs sections in the book.


Joy was originally a medical laboratory technologist but following the birth of her first child in 1984 became passionate about the importance of breastfeeding. She has been helping mothers as a breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (formerly the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia) for over 20 years, and professionally as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for over 15 years.
Joy lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and two adult children, who were each breastfed for about two years. Joy has a special interest in food intolerance and breastfed babies, and is currently studying full-time towards qualifying as a Registered Dietitian.


4 comments:

Nicola Marsh said...

Rachael,

Thanks for leaving your blog sig line on mine, otherwise I wouldn't have found you! Hope the collages work for you. I'm hooked, and they really do get the creative juices going.

The breastfeeding book sounds fabulous. Congrats on such a huge achievement!

I fed my first son for 16 months, and my second is 6 weeks old and feeding happily.
I think it's the most incredible experience in the world being able to breastfeed :)

Nicola
http://www.nicolamarsh.com

Rachael Blair said...

Hey Nic

Thanks for popping by! I'm with you on the feelings about breastfeeding and I think it's so sad that many people end up not feeding because they are convinced they can't! I want to help the people who want to breastfeed, do so...

Kathi said...

Great news Rachael. I look forward to buying and reading Breastfeeders Annonymous in August.

Rachael Blair said...

Kathi - great to see ya on here! Thanks for your support.