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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (July 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594860408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594860409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,181,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally! A commonsense book on breastfeeding that abandons dreary, holier-than-thou approaches and instead embraces what's loving, healthy, and wonderful about one of the coolest ways to relate to your baby. Just relax, get real, and take the practical, lively advice from mom Andy Steiner. You'll be fine!" --Pamela Hill Nettleton, editor, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond and mother of three children (all breastfed, all healthy, all grown, none of them chainsaw murderers)

"Like a rollicking conversation with your best girlfriends-honest, intimate, and hilarious-Andy Steiner's down-to-earth guide to breastfeeding is a refreshing blend of straight talk and practical wisdom." --Karen Olson, editor, Utne magazine

"If you're having a baby, do yourself a favor--ditch some of the mommy manuals and read this instead." --Monika Bauerlein, senior editor, Mother Jones

"Andy Steiner is the woman to turn to for all the nursing issues that get glossed over. In the weirdly political world of breastfeeding, Steiner stands out as a sympathetic compadre. She knows the difficulties, the rewards, and the judgments that come with infant feeding." --Jennifer Niesslein and Stephanie Wilkinson, editors, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers

"In this spirited mamafesto, Andy Steiner boldly and wisely challenges myths not only about the process and protocol of breastfeeding itself, but about what our culture expects-often unfairly-of its mothers. Steiner and her fellow breastfeeders share their stories of both the joys and the, well, letdowns of lactation in voices that are so blunt, sassy, and loving you'll want to keep them around even after the breast pumps and nursing bras are packed away." --Andi Zeisler, editor, Bitch magazine

"This is not your mother's how-to book about breastfeeding! Andy Steiner is a fresh voice: lively, informative, sassy, personal. The result is a book that will empower and comfort women who are breastfeeding, or thinking about it, and will even engage and inform those who aren't." --Mollie Hoben, founding publisher, Minnesota Women's Press

"Andy Steiner's brave and honest book is a helpful companion during the
tenuous process of learning to nurse, and learning to accept the social
awkwardness about exposing our breasts that ironically pervades our
culture. I smiled in recognition. I was heartened by her attitude and
suggestions." --Nanci Olesen, producer and host, MOMbo, a radio resource for moms

"This is a wonderfully wide-ranging book. Women who love breastfeeding, those who find it incredibly difficult, strange, or painful; and those who don't yet know what they will decide or experience, will all feel welcome in Spilled Milk.... If you've ever breastfed, or thought you might, this is a book you'll want to read."
--Faulkner Fox, author, Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life

"Instead of guilting moms with ‘best for baby’ moralizing, Steiner serves up a warm chat-fest of real-life mama experiences that help readers make fully-informed choices. And because of its big-picture look at breastfeeding's impact on sex, love, and life in general, this book provides an engaging preview of life during Babytime that any would-be mom will prize." --Helen Cordes, editor, Daughters magazine

"I loved this book. It's humorous, honest, and empowering without being unrealistic. It paints a very full, complex, and real picture of what it's like to breastfeed--and that's exactly what moms need." --Nancy Gruver, founder and publisher, New Moon Magazine

"Spilled Milk is filled with the voices of the wise and witty girlfriends I wish I had had when my first baby was born and I was struggling to keep the milk bar open 'round the clock. It's warm, compassionate, funny, and just the thing for a late-night nurse-a-thon." --Beth Hawkins, senior editor, City Pages (Minneapolis)

"Wise, witty, deliciously reassuring. The perfect pick-me-up for mothers convinced that they're the only ones on the planet who are doing it wrong which is pretty much all of us." --Barbara Graham, author, Women Who Run with the Poodles

About the Author

ANDY STEINER, former senior editor at Utne, is a prize-winning writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Ms., Glamour, Mademoiselle, Self, and Modern Maturity. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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After I received the book, I couldn't put it down and once finished, I started it over again and again.
Michelle Simpson
In the end, the book applauds any attempts you make to breastfeed and refrains from making you feel guilty about any decisions you may make to quit.
C. Kennedy
Steiner is very reassuring and encouraging and offers a lot more helpful, practical advice than many of the other breastfeeding books out there.
Scarlett C. Fisher-herreman

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Simpson on November 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a new mother, I purchased this book because one of the advertisements stated 'it is for those of us who think we are doing it (breastfeeding) wrong, which is all of us.' After I received the book, I couldn't put it down and once finished, I started it over again and again. Yes, I am reading it for the third time now. It is extremely motivating and forgiving. You usually see one or the other, motivating or forgiving, but in this case you got both perspectives. The book is definitely pro-breastfeeding, but it also provides testimonials of women who for one reason or another were unable to breastfeed and it shows that is ok too. I was touched by the "weaning" chapter with all the love and sweetness only us mothers will understand. I already bought two more copies and sent them to new mothers. The book really made me feel lucky and special to breastfeed my baby.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Kennedy on August 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished Spilled milk. I wish it were by my side three years ago when my breastfeeding adventures began. I'm going to give it to a friend who is pregnant with her first child.

The author gives an honest look at breastfeeding, from sore nipples to mother's guilt to embarrassing public nursing tales to what happens to your breasts when it is all done.

It is a compilation of breastfeeding from many women's perspectives. Women with many different perspectives.

I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of breastfeeding or is in the throws of breastfeeding and needs to understand it isn't always a bowl of cherries.

In the end, the book applauds any attempts you make to breastfeed and refrains from making you feel guilty about any decisions you may make to quit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett C. Fisher-herreman on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
While my baby isn't due for another 3 months yet, I plan to breastfeed and am looking for all the helpful advice I can get. This book provides the most common-sense and enjoyable reading I've found on the complicated subject of breastfeeding. It is very funny and "down to earth." As someone who is trying my best to prepare myself for motherhood and is also an admitted perfectionist about many things, I needed a book like this to help me keep everything in perspective. Steiner is very reassuring and encouraging and offers a lot more helpful, practical advice than many of the other breastfeeding books out there. Plus she provides a great bibliography at the end for further reading! I know I will be rereading this book when my baby is born and I would highly recommend it to other new mothers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne E. Lafave on September 29, 2005
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Why aren't there more books on breastfeeding? Spilled Milk fills a baffling literary gap. Steiner writes beautifully and inclusively about a complicated, highly personal subject. Mothering (parenting) infants and small children can be isolating and anxiety provoking and this book reduces those problems. I have given it as a gift to 2 new moms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MorganMom on February 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book- I read parts of it before I had my baby and laughed out loud! After I gave birth, the stories (especially the lighthearted ones), reminded me why I was doing such a bizarre and often unpleasant act for my son. I have loaned this book to several new moms, and I would buy it in a heartbeat as a new parent gift! The authors/editors have a way with words and stories that melt your heart and tickle the funny bone! There is also good advice/stories from moms who struggled with breastfeeding for various personal and medical reasons, and this could be invaluable to other women who share this experience but do not discuss it openly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Quinn on December 30, 2006
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I totally reccomend this book to anyone wanting to read about breast feeding and be amused doing so. She has a way of making you the reader understand that it's ok not to be perfect at it and that everyone can learn how to be a successful breast feeder.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Deschamps on September 23, 2005
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I thought this book was wonderfully written. It is the perfect book to explain how to breastfeed with lots of great advice. I live in Tokyo, Japan as an expatriot. This book helps to illustrate the complexity of feeding your child in a society (Japan) where showing your breasts in public is not accepted at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Piper on May 26, 2009
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I absolutely loved this book and re-read sections over and over again. I first read it when I was about 3 weeks post partum and contemplating quitting breastfeeding. I had just read "unbuttoned" and was feeling like I could tough it out but still felt like it was all a competition. I was scared to quit because people would judge me and I wouldn't be the "best" mom. I love how this author keeps re-stating that it is NOT a competition. If you are a mother who is trying to breastfeed but feel like people are being more forceful about it than supportive of how you feel then this book is for you. I soon realized that it is not a competition and I don't care what anyone thinks. I realized that I wasn't really doing this to be the "best mother on the block." I was truly doing it for my baby. It also helps me not to judge other mothers who have gone to formula. Why do people care so much that they have to make them feel bad. Who cares!
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