Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book) 3rd Edition
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That said, I disagree with other reviewers saying that the book will leave you with a guilt trip if you cannot breastfeed, or you eventually give up.
The whole spectrum of possibilities are covered very thoroughly here, starting from the ideal "term, healthy babies and breastfeeding effectively from the start", to what to do if you are less fortunate and your babies are still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), how to "make up for a poor start", partial breastfeeding, supplementing/complementing with instant formula, alternatives techniques to feeding human milk (other than the breast, and still trying to avoid the bottle), etc.
It is true that there is an explicit axiom, whereby if a mother is determined to breastfeed, she *will* be able to breastfeed her multiples. However, I wouldn't say it makes one feel guilty for giving up or being unable to live up to this assumption, for whatever reason.
It is also true that the author does not particularly encourage getting babies on a schedule, but again the whole range of possibilities is discussed in the "Coordinated Feedings" chapter: feeding on cue, waking the other(s) up as one starts to feed etc. By the way, contrary to what another reviewer wrote, that chapter does cover very many ways of breastfeeding two babies at a time, complete with pictures.
Breastfeeding of multiples makes up much of the contents, so you would probably also need to complement with a pregnancy/birth book (not necessarily for multiples, I much much preferred good old "The Pregnancy Book" by William Sears over the terrorizing and dubious advice in "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads" by Barbara Luke), as well as a separate book for infancy (very happy with "The Baby Book", also by the Sears ).
However, this is not to say that this book is exclusively about breastfeeding. It comes packed with useful information around virtually every other aspect of multiple pregnancy and raising multiples (up into toddlerhood), logistical tips (for instance on "getting out and about"), whole chapters on mental health issues for parents and on enhancing individuality (on which subjects be sure to check out Emotionally Healthy Twins as well), etc.
So all in all a very thorough, important and highly recommended book.
The only downside I found, and I agree with some other reviewers here, is that the material is sometimes too verbose, repeating the same things many times in different parts of the book, which, at 430 pages, could do with a bit of trimming and perhaps a better structure, explaining the fundamental principles once, and referring to them from other chapters where the various applications are covered.
Not a lot of practical advice for more complicated situations. Ultimately fed is best.
I am so glad I bought this book.
I am normally a library-user but I had a feeling that this one might be a keeper. I was more than right. This is a keep-on-the-bedside-table kind of book. I read it cover-to-cover (nearly, I skipped the section at the end on raising toddlers because I can't handle that information right now :) and found it incredibly accessible. I really appreciated how positive and encouraging it is to those of us who feel strongly about breastfeeding (the book is published by La Leche League International so I expecting nothing less).
As I look at the sections that I dog-eared to return to later, I found the most helpful tips in these chapters:
* "Enhancing Individuality" - things I had never thought of about helping to create a unique relationship with each twin and helping THEM to be their own people
* "Breastfeeding and Birth Preparation" - birth plans, deciding beforehand what's really going to matter during/right after birth
* "Coordinating Feedings" - how to do two at once!
* "What You'll Need" - a realistic guide to what "stuff" will really make a difference in your home (living in a smallish townhome, I really need to not have anything superfluous around here)
* "For Mother's Only" - this was so down-to-earth, reminding me that's okay to feel completely stressed and out of control sometimes, with some ideas of how to combat it. I have a feeling I'll be returning to this one often :)
If you are NOT planning on trying to breastfeed at all, this one would still be good to get from the library, just to read the sections that interest you, I feel like the information is that good.
Here's looking forward to a few months from now :)
Great specifics on:
--Different positions to put your twins when nursing
--Pumping schedules if you are exclusively pumping
--Great pumping advice in general
--NICU babies (very common w/ twins) and how to deal with breastfeeding and NICU babies
--Nursing tips for latching, and other various nursing advice
All I can say is this: if you are even slightly interested in breastfeeding your twins, READ THIS BOOK! Preferably while you are pregnant so you have time to inform yourself and make good decisions when your babies come. I only recommend two books for my friends who have twins: this book and "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets" by Dr. Luke.
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When I found out I was expecting twins I bought this book and was I glad that I did! Many people (midwives included!) told me that it would not be possible exclusively to breastfeed twins, especially with the needs of a toddler to attend to and with my husband working away but, with the aid of the information in this book I managed it for over a year. I was able to stand up to my midwife who was muttering about "supplementary bottles" within a week of the birth because of the knowledge I had gained about the mechanics of milk production. Plus it gave me all sorts of information, comfort and support during my pregnancy and many other aspects of caring for twins. I now have two very lively, healthy 21 month old girls.
Any time I hear of someone expecting twins now, the first thing I recommend to them is this book. Fantastic!