- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media; 2nd edition (March 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580620418
- ISBN-13: 978-1580620413
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So That's What They're For (2nd Ed) Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Filling the gap left in a market glutted with dated or dry books on breastfeeding, So That's What They're For! lends support and encouragement to those wondering whether they sould try breastfeeding, for pregnant women who are sure they will breastfeed and for new moms who are having trouble and are considering stopping. With hilarious anecdotes and wonderful illustrations, this comprehensive guide offers a supportive, pragmatic view from the real world.
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Unlike another reviewer, I really didn't find any of the non-breastfeeder bashing... but then I had the previous book to get over--and that one REALLY ran you through the mill if you considered doing anything other than staying home to feed your child.
This book gave you information that really helps dealing with reality. After all, some of us have no choice but to work. And even if you stay home--how do you deal with life situations (like death in the family) that throw you and baby off course? They will tell you what to be prepared for in backlash if your schedules get thrown off or you need to pump for baby--but in a way that instructs you on getting through it. Not in a way that scorns you for it like other books might.
I found the tone of this book to be overall supportive of mothers in a variety of situations; and the information was so detailed. Sometimes they didn't give you every last detail, but let you know that something existed (specifically with positions--of which I only had read about 3 in the "authority" book, and this one described 4-5 and named several others for you to investigate on your own if need-be). They also dove right into the information without wasting your time on "the joys of motherhood" in general (which I find hard to imagine anyone trying to convey through the written word! Especially when they take up multiple chapters to do so!). This book is to the point and complete!!
A few quibbles: as another reviewer noted, this author suggests that painful nursing, even at the very start, is not normal but reflects improper positioning or latch-on and can always be avoided. From my and my friends' experience, the first few days are always tough, simply because you're getting a strenuous new workout on a delicate part of your body! Don't rush to assume you've done something wrong. Also, the author spends an awful lot of time steeling you against an alleged tidal wave of social resistance and disapproval toward breastfeeding. I think this defensiveness is not really necessary, and just makes prospective nursing mothers more nervous. I've certainly encountered no disapproval from anyone.