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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on caring for twins, February 28, 2000
This review is from: Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More (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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Initial post: Jul 10, 2008 1:02:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2008 1:04:39 PM PDT
Just think- you could have picked up some of that valuable advice- the sensible and specific suggestions- from your local La Leche League- with your first baby or even earlier with your twins. Take what you like, and leave the rest! I'm so glad you posted this review because too many women think/feel that because they have already decided to use formula -or more commonly, because they have been *forced* into using formula by worries about baby's weight gain, a persistent low milk supply, inadequate break time for pumping, no space to pump at work, etc- that LLL can't be for them. LLL is for every mom who wants to breastfeed. Some mothers come for 4 months, 6 months, a year, or longer. Some mothers continue to come, even after weaning is complete, because of the value of interaction with other mothers and free playtime for their babies and toddlers. Some of my best friends as a new mother came from attending LLL- and some of my most fun playmates as a child as well.

Thanks for posting the great review!
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