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So That's What They're for: Breastfeeding Basics Paperback – March 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corp; 2nd edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580620418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580620413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best breastfeeding book I have ever read.
Danielle Burge
I highly recommend this book as a gift for a friend who is unsure if they will breastfeed or you are unsure if she will take the time to read a boring book.
Anne Woods
At a time when reaching for the formula samples seemed like a good thing to do, this book convinced me that breastfeeding is worth it.
Phoebe's Mommy

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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful By ltp1 on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
What sets this apart from other breastfeeding books is
1. It has a readable, friendly presentation.
2. It combines solid information with emotional support (lighthearted, not sappy). There's more to breastfeeding (to DOING it) than you think, and it's explained here.
3. It's short enough not to overwhelm. You're too busy/tired to read encyclopedias.
4. It imparts technical facts AND practical advice from people who've been there.
My complaints with the book are outweighed by the good things I got out of it, but here they are:
1. Occasionally I picked up a hint of near bashing of non-breastfeeders, as in "Breastfeeding represents a style of parenting: Right off the bat you're willing to adjust your life to your baby's and give a lot of love. You might save your child a lot of time and money he'd have spent in therapy" (p. 28). Not only is this statement silly and of questionable purpose, it's a backwards argument. You don't breastfeed to prove you have a certain parenting style. You start with the style, and then you breastfeed. Tamaro seems to be arguing that you should breastfeed because it will mean you have a good parenting style. I consider this complaint minor because the rest of the book doesn't carry this tone.
2. Too little info about sources of some claims. "Did you know a study in Sweden showed that...?" is insufficient. "Breastfed babies have better eyesight" (p. 29) is insufficient. I want a few details and a citation . I know I said above I was glad this book is NOT an encyclopedia, but I'm talking about the addition of just a few words here. Overall, though, the book seems credible. Can't argue with the personal-experience bits.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2003
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I bought this book five years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I did not want to breastfeed. I didn't know a single soul who had breastfed. I thought breastfeeding was pretty weird and gross and had already told my husband I was going to bottlefeed. After I read a lot of information on the benefits of breastfeeding in several different magazines and pregnancy/childbirth books, I decided I better look into it a little more. I bought this book simply because I liked the title, and I have been SO extremely grateful ever since.
This book is very non-threatening and completely NOT militant! I'm surprised by the reviews I see here saying otherwise - the author was so laid back and respectful, that it actually allowed me to open my mind to the possibility of breastfeeding. If she had been some kind of militant breastfeeding person, I never would have read more than the first few pages - however, I found a funny, sincere author who tried to fairly present breastfeeding [both the advantages and the (often humorous) disadvantages]. I thought she was brilliant.
This book is a very "basic" breastfeeding book. It doesn't have all the level of detail of some other books [like "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by La Leche League - a book that has EVERYTHING you'd ever need to know, but is definitely [obviously!] biased towards breastfeeding]. I think this book is a great basic guide for new mothers and a WONDERFUL place to start if you are just considering breastfeeding or trying to make that decision.
Incidentally, I did end up nursing my first child successfully, mainly due to this book. My original goal was to breastfeed for 3 months, but it went so well that I ended up nursing her for a whole year! I also used this book when I got pregnant with my second child and nursed him for a year too. Now I am re-reading it while pregnant with my third baby and I am STILL enjoying it! This is money well spent in my opinion!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm keeping myself anonymous because I am a physician who shouldn't have needed this book. But deciding to breastfeed was a real struggle for me because it wasn't something that I grew up with--no one that I knew growing up nursed their babies and it was considered to be a dirty thing. Once I got into med school and understood all the benefits I knew that I had to nurse my future children but psychologically the idea of it repulsed me. When I finally got pregnant and started reading the standard books they didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know. What I needed I found in this book. It is funny, practical and by the end of the first chapter I was inspired and excited about the challenges of nursing. I couldn't put this book down and I swear that it made all the difference for my perception of breastfeeding. My mother undermined my dedication to nursing every step of the way and while she didn't mean to be hurtful I couldn't have dealt with it as smoothly as I did if I hadn't read this book. I still almost never nursed in public and am so happy for the women who do. One of the other reviews said to read this only if you were dedicated to nursing and I feel exactly the opposite--This book convinced me when I was wavering because of my ingrained bias against it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debbie C. on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
After I had breastfed my youngest daughter for 2 months, I had to go back to work. I wanted to give up and put her on formula. But my husband had read all the stuff I brought home about how good breastfeeding is for babies and wouldn't let me quit. Instead, he found this book in a bookstore for me and made me read it. Sure it's funny, but it is also filled with easy to read and understand information that can get you through whatever problems you might have. The author is a working mother whose stories and ideas really helped me figure out how to balance work and breastfeeding. Her book even gave me some ideas on how to manage my boss! Anyway, it worked for me, and I was able to breastfeed Savannah till she was 20 months. I am buying a copy for my sister now.
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