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Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond [Paperback]

by Hilary Flower
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

July 2003 0912500972 978-0912500973
There is no doubt about it—when breastfeeding and pregnancy overlap, the questions abound! In this, the first full-length book ever on the topic of tandem nursing, Hilary Flower gives comprehensive and in-depth answers to a wide range of questions related to breastfeeding during pregnancy and tandem nursing.

Drawn from a great reservoir of mother wisdom, this book pools the stories of over 200 mothers from around the world. Extensive reviews of medical research and discussions with experts in the fields of nutrition, obstetrics, and anthropology have provided the author with a thorough understanding of what we know and what we can surmise on this important topic. Each mother’s experience will be a one-of-a-kind adventure, full of surprises and choices. Adventures in Tandem Nursing provides an essential source of support, humor, and information for the journey.

Editorial Reviews


"...Flower’s book provides an invaluable resource." -- Norma Jane Bumgarner, author of Mothering Your Nursing Toddler

...Flower’s book provides an invaluable resource. -- Norma Jane Bumgarner, author Mothering Your Nursing Toddler

Every page of Hilary Flower’s book delights me! It’s full of helpful information and personal support. -- Peggy O’Mara, editor, Mothering Magazine

About the Author

Hilary Dervin Flower lives in Florida with her partner Ben and their two children Nora Jade (5) and Miles (2). She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Tandem nursing her children provided the passion and curiosity that fueled her pursuit of this subject. Adventures in Tandem Nursing is her first book.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent resource, highly recommended January 20, 2004
By A Customer
I remember the first time I saw an eleven month old baby who could walk nurse. "disgusting!" I thought. A few years later, I saw a toddler walk up to her mother and say "mommy, can I nurse?" I was appalled.
Well, fast forward to the present. I am now nursing a 26 month old toddler who can walk and talk in complete sentences and I am ALSO nursing her four month old sister! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be a LaLecheLeague type. I thought they were so extreme. Hahaha! Life is funny sometimes. Now I wouldn't have it any other way, and I can hardly believe that I was so ignorant and judgemental in the past.
I just wanted to give my background so you could understand that this review is sincere. This book is fantastic. It goes into every possible thing you ever wanted to know about nursing during pregnancy and then nursing (and caring for) two very young children at once. She *really* understands and she has some great advice. I find myself turning to it again and again as a resource. It goes into the real nitty gritty... will nursing while pregnant cause problems for the baby in utero... how do you really entertain an active toddler while you are caring for a newborn, all by yourself? The author doesn't judge anyone for choosing to wean, if appropriate, and she lets you know that this is not as simple as it may sound.
It is a great book. I am planning on buying it as a gift for a dear friend who is now trying to decide whether or not to wean during her pregnancy. I think the book will cover that for her better than I ever could.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Resource on Tandem Nursing April 14, 2004
When I went in for my first prenatal appointment with my third child, my doctor thought it was my six-month checkup after having my second. Once we cleared up the confusion about why my chart said I was pregnant, (because I was!), her first statement/question was "Well, you'll wean the other one now, right?" My negative answer elicited a roll of the eyes and small sigh, but really she knew me too well to be surprised, and well enough to know she couldn't change my mind. After listening to my spiel about the research I'd been doing, her only requests were that I see a nutritionist and that if I experienced pre-term labor I would consider weaning.
Not every mother is fortunate enough to have a supportive doctor or the resources to find out the truth about nursing while pregnant, or tandem nursing. But thanks to Hilary Flower, the topic is out of the proverbial closet and right out there on the shelf at Borders Books. ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING is a fabulously comprehensive guide to tandem nursing and everything surrounding the experience. The first book of its kind, it is being celebrated as a well-researched, authoritative resource for mothers and health care practitioners alike.
One of the things that makes this book great is the easy-to-use format. The book can be read straight through, but it really shines as a quick reference. The chapters address everything from making the decision to wean or continue nursing while pregnant to finding positions to adoptive nursing of a second baby. Common fears and myths are also addressed, such as the real facts about miscarriage and who gets what nutrients first. Frequent anecdotes and stories from real moms add an enjoyable element as well.
Hilary Flower should be commended for her sensitive, pragmatic approach to this topic.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The only book of it's kind November 4, 2010
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When I became pregnant I was nursing my daughter, who was 10 months old. I did not anticipate how much being pregnant would affect the nursing. Unfortunately, I have essentially stopped nursing since the time I purchased the book. On the "pro" side, the book validates the needs of the nursing and pregnant mother to continue nursing. It was very important to me to continue nursing, and I wanted a book to help me through this process. The book assumes that you have a toddler, however, and that your toddler is able to drink whole milk and that you are not nursing exclusively. While my daughter was 10 months and did eat many other things, she was not yet having whole milk and I was still giving her the equivalent of at 20-25 oz of breast milk daily. I was hoping that this book would help me with the challenges of being pregnant and dealing with a decreasing milk supply and it did not offer much help with this issue. I think that it would be a great book for the mom who has a toddler who does not need the amount of breast milk that a baby under 1 year old needs.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Amy
I cannot say enough good about this book! Though there is a great deal of accurate info on nursing, the field narrows considerably regarding nursing while pregnant or tandem nursing, and this well-written book fills that void!

I first read the book while my nursling daughter was 12 months old, right after we discovered I was pregnant again. I did not want to take this source of nutrition and comfort away from my daughter but didn't want to jeopardize the health of my new baby, and this book gave me the information I needed to make a well-informed decision to continue nursing her. Today, we're happily tandem nursing with her 10 month old brother!

I especially appreciated the chapters on nutrition (for Mom, new baby, and older baby), the scientific research provided, and most of all the stories by real Moms who had nursed while pregnant and tandem or triandem-nursed!

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the subject of nursing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE BOOK but price it EXTREMELY high
I love the book, very useful and realistic suggestions. love the personal stories included. BUT you can get the same book for a WAY lower price elsewhere.
Published 7 days ago by Cortney McConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and very detailed book
I am second year through my tandem and happy with it.
Can't tell it is only because of this book, but it encouraged me as well. Read more
Published 7 days ago by T. Russita
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Anecdotes and Useful Advice
I bought this book when I was pregnant with my second child and nursing my first who was two years old. Its a great book full of anecdotes and advice. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Parish
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
This is a great book full of useful information for mothers and their breastfeeding children. It should be a must-have for people and is a better (well-researched) document that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mlloydLGT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for anyone breastfeeding during pregnancy
This book was very helpful to me when I was breastfeeding while pregnant. It was a really easy read. Lots of scenarios and examples from all sorts of moms. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barbers
5.0 out of 5 stars I only wish I had read this sooner!
I didn't read this until my second child was several months old, so I had already been tandem nursing for a while and learned a lot the hard way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dr. J. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Twins and a Toddler
I decided to buy this book for myself last year on my birthday. I was pregnant again, had a one-and-a-half-year-old I was breastfeeding, and I didn't want to stop nursing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emily Martha Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book
I love this book! Really anything that the La Leche League publishes is on my bookshelf. It had great first hand information on what to expect while nursing through pregnancy and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jennifer
2.0 out of 5 stars if your nursers will be close in age don't waste your money
I was discouraged to find that this book constantly referred to the older nursing child as a "toddler". Read more
Published 16 months ago by carson mcneal
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, not inspirational
The is the bible for tandem nursing. I wish there were more success stories and more advice to avoid pitfalls.
Published 17 months ago by M Chan
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