Children, it's time for a story. Are you ready?
Once upon a time, there was an author named Beating Off Bob, who wrote no end of enjoyable little erotic pieces, usually featuring some form of incest or other unusual behavior and almost always ending with someone getting pregnant. A number of those stories were grouped in the "Uncle Bob" series, even though all the Uncle Bobs and the nieces they loved were different characters.
But if you work at any kind of craft long enough, you (hopefully) grow and mature and get better and better at what you do. So Beating Off Bob began creating longer and more involved stories, and picked up a classier moniker (Lubrican). But he occasionally still adds to the "Uncle Bob" collection, which includes more than three dozen stories.
"The Breastfeeding Blues" is not listed in that series, although it certainly could be, becasue it stars an Uncle Bob and his niece, Penny. More than that, though, this story is an example of how Lubrican continues to grow as a writer, in a career that has seen him become one of SOL's best and most prolific storytellers.
No Lubrican fan would likely categorize this as one of his major stories, but maybe that's the point. The tale is based on a simple premise, but the author has populated it with two wonderfully developed characters, who sound, act and feel like very real people. Compare them to similar characters in earlier, very enjoyable Beating Off Bob pieces, and the author's growth is easily seen.
So what could have been a throwaway short story becomes something memorable. It even includes an enjoyable bit about a pet bird, around which a lot of writers would have built an entire story, but here simply serves to both clarify and confuse Uncle Bob's thinking.
And that's what makes Lubrican a true gem, that we get a number of stories of this quality every year, from an author that just keeps getting better at what he does. "The Breastfeeding Blues" is a story that almost any reader will enjoy, and can easily be handled in a single sitting. You won't regret sticking it in your reading queue.