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Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book) [Paperback]

by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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April 11, 2007 0976896931 978-0976896937 3rd
A mother of multiple babies may find herself wondering if she can produce enough milk, how to coordinate feedings, and if breastfeeding is even an option for her. The simple answer: Yes! In the third revised edition of Mothering Multiples, author Karen Kerkhoff Gromada offers valuable information with an emphasis on breastfeeding and attachment-style parenting. All aspects of caring for multiple babies are addressed, including possible complications of pregnancy, preparing for a multiple birth, coping with newborns who might need to spend time in a NICU, establishing a milk supply for multiple babies, adjusting as a couple, and caring for toddler multiples.

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About the Author

Karen Kerkoff Gromada has worked with thousands of mothers of multiples as a La Leche League Leader for more than 30 years and is a registered nurse and lactation consultant. A popular speaker on the topic of multiples, she has been published in the Journal of Human Lactation and various nursing journals. She co-authored Keys to Parenting Multiples for Barrons Educational Series and was a pioneer columnist for TWINS magazine.

Product Details

  • Series: La Leche League International Book
  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International; 3rd edition (April 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976896931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976896937
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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272 of 276 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on caring for twins February 28, 2000
Format:Paperback
I didn't buy this book until my babies were 4 months old, and I was reluctant to buy it because I feel the LaLeche League (the publisher) is very shrill and dogmatic. However, I was having trouble producing enough milk to keep my guys happy, and was about to return to work, and didn't want to give up breastfeeding completely, but really needed advice on how to manage all this. This is the only book I have found that discusses breastfeeding multiples in any detail. She DOES give the LaLeche League party line that ONLY breast is best (which we all know), but she also gives advice for maintaining milk production and including formula in the diet. In addition, she gives many suggestions for breastfeeding two at once, and very complete and useful instructions for when and how to express milk to maximize production. Beyond the breastfeeding discussion, however, she provides the best, most specific advice for all aspects of caring for twins throughout the first two years that I have seen anyplace. This includes extensive discussions of caring for preemies and low-birth weight babies, managing relations with the twins' siblings, and the psychological affects of taking on the responsibility of caring for twins. She also had many sensible and specific suggestions for making life easier that I wish I had known after I had my first baby (a singleton). Finally, she makes several thought-provoking observations about the psychology of twins and issues involved in raising them which I have not seen anyplace else. I found this book very very helpful, and very reassuring.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a life saver September 12, 2004
By Thorn
Format:Paperback
This is just the best book. I ordered it three weeks after my twin boys were born and I was beginning to despair that I'd be able to breastfeed them even to three months, much less six months as I'd hoped. As soon as it arrived, I couldn't put it down. Finally! A book that actually discussed how to breastfeed twins. Not just a little paragraph advising patience and talking about the double-clutch hold as if it were some holy grail, but details and encouragement galore. By the second day after the book arrived, my boys and I were already doing better. They're now 3.5 months old and while I don't have quite the support network in place to breastfeed them exclusively, we're actually using less formula than we used to. My goal now is to breastfeed them for their entire first year, and with this book to refer to, I feel confident we'll make it.

I echo the comments of another reviewer, that if you're expecting twins - get this book NOW. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. I didn't get nearly the support at the hospital I'd hoped for, as far as breastfeeding my twins goes, and so this book was just invaluable to me. Without this book (and a good breast pump), I doubt I'd still be breastfeeding my boys today.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness there is a book out there for me! June 7, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am in my third trimester with twins and with their impending arrival coming anytime, I thought I'd better brush up on breast-feeding techniques. And thankfully, someone from La Leche recommended this book to me! I even made my husband read it.
It is chock full of good suggestions and little things to keep one aware of what breast-feeding twins really consist of. It gives one an idea of the average time of breastfeeding ... how often, how to handle both of them at once, what to do when only feeding one of them at a time ... it just gives a good idea of what to expect. And it's extremely helpful for this first-time mother! It helps allay the panic that I've been feeling ever since the doctor said, well, they can come anytime, so be prepared!
I highly recommend this book to everyone ~~ even though my copy was dated from 1985 ~~ it is still sensible advice for new moms.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for mothers of twins or multiples December 31, 2003
By KellyF
Format:Paperback
Buy this book today if you are serious about breastfeeding. Other books are either vague or offer only a short paragraph on breastfeeding. The book is so well written and easy to read. I just finished reading it and made sure to highlight important tips before my twins arrive in Feb. In addition, there are several other chapters besides breastfeeding that are a must read (i.e. labor, caring for newborns, twin or multiple toddlers). I won't even let anyone borrow this book as I refer to it so often!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great! April 15, 2004
Format:Paperback
I just got a copy of "Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More" by Karen Kerkhoff Gomada published by La Leche League International. I haven't finished it yet, but I'd highly recommend it so far. While, it has a short section on pregnancy, it, as the title suggests, focuses more on after labor, so you might want another Twin pregnancy book as well. The great thing about this book for me was, as an "older" first time mom, I had already formed pretty strong ideas about the way I would have and take care of my baby if I ever got around to having one. My first reaction to twins was joy and excitement, then the worry set in. Would I be able to take care of two infants in the way I planned? (attachment parenting) The first evening this book was in my hands I was immediately calmed and reassured, now I can get back to that excitement!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to prepare for your twins! October 9, 2002
Format:Paperback
I'm not a big fan of La Leche League (the publisher), but breastfeeding my twins has been a wonderful experience for me and I couldn't have done it without this book. The number one thing I took from it was that I needed to be prepared and learn all I could BEFORE the babies got here. Because of this book, I contacted my local lactation counselor and rented a breast pump a week before my boys arrived. Within 12 hours of delivery (by c-section), I was pumping in-between feedings. Before we left the hospital, I had tried tandem nursing a few times. Now my boys are 10 months old and are nursing champs. The first three months were the hardest, but this book was such a valuable resource and encouraged me to keep at it. I'm SO glad I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave away
I gave this to my niece who is having triplets please pray for her and her two boys and girl due any day now
Published 1 month ago by Debby Ogle
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent of multiples needs this book
This book is wonderful! When you tell people that you are planning to breastfeed twins, you get a lot of discouraging responses. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reagan Violet
1.0 out of 5 stars This book gave me a panic attack
I read a TON of multiple books while pregnant with twins, this one was just so depressing I wanted to toss myself in front of moving traffic--and my experience with having had my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marnee Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Easy to read and full of fantastic information. You can read atraight through or jump around-and this mom need to be able to do both!
Published 4 months ago by Anna G
4.0 out of 5 stars Book didn't change my life, but did organize the info
I found that the advice offered in this book is also pretty much available online for free but it was nice to see it consolidated and organized into one book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zxe1103
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough info that I wanted
I thought this book would have more on raising multiples, it is almost all about breast feeding so it was not what I was looking for
Published 5 months ago by Amy Salzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Source to Have with Multiples!
A friend of mine recommended this book to me when I found out I was having twins and I am so glad she did! It is worth having!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jannay Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars My Handbook
I could not have achieved Thrival (Thriving and Surviving) without this book! It helped me find a schedule that worked for our family and I was able to nurse my twins past 1 year... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jessica Cruickshank
5.0 out of 5 stars Important resource.
If you or someone you know is having twins, then those babies should be breastfed. This books shows new mothers of multiples how to breast feed successfully, and gives great tips... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Ann McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for new mom
What I liked most about this book is the fact that it provides with a lot of tips and advices to mothering multiples and do not focus on breast feeding exclusively. Read more
Published 9 months ago by armelle nombo
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