Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Breast Intentions – The Cover Explained

Ta-da! I can finally unveil the cover of my new book. After much too-and-fro with the publisher’s design team, we have finally reached a compromise, and here it is:

Now, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this dark and sinister cover would be better suited to a thriller novel rather than a breastfeeding guide – and that’s the point! Breast Intentions is NOT your average breastfeeding manual. The book takes you through the twisted world of mother-upon-mother manipulation, shining a spotlight upon the murkiest inner conflicts inherent within the maternal psyche. 

The cover features a mother clutching her baby. What’s that expression in her eyes.. Concern? Resentment? Guilt? Malice? Well, that’s for you to decide. The mother clearly loves her baby as she holds him close to her bosom, yet there’s tension between the dyad, as well as tension within the mother herself. The cover taps into the postpartum taboo - that motherhood (particularly early motherhood) is not all gurgling babies and exchange of blissful stares. Rather, early motherhood is wrought with tension - with guilt, envy, defensiveness and sabotage.


Elea said...

Can't wait to read it! Since I am not in UK, will it be available in Kindle format?

Alpha Parent said...

Hi Elea. It's being released worldwide so you can buy it in actual book form or indeed Kindle if you prefer.

asteria said...

I wonder why "early motherhood is wrought with tension - with guilt, envy, defensiveness and sabotage."

Maybe it's because people like you perpetuate exactly those things with your sanctimony and concern-trolling. Is that description intentional irony?

Chi Biusa said...

I'll definitely buy it, especially after reading your post about DFFs. I found you because some ff mums tried to rip me apart on an online forum because I dared to write down the advantages of bf-ing and your post (and it being unapologetically blunt) helped me cheer up. :)

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