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So That's What They're for: Breastfeeding Basics Paperback – March, 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: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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As an expectant mom with NO knowledge of breastfeeding, I needed a resource that would get me comfortable with it and get me started with everything I need to know. I got about 5 different books from the library, and this was the only one I read cover to cover. It's now on my registry and wish list for some kind soul to buy for me.
The lighthearted approach makes for easy, enjoyable reading. It was a joy to spend time with this book, rather than a chore. In fact, I think my husband will even enjoy it!
The information is top-notch, and very motivational. If I ever doubt the value of breastfeeding, all I have to do is re-read Section 1. It gives the real story behind formula and the formula companies. It convinced me once and for all that breastmilk is what babies should eat.
The practical suggestions and solutions will be very welcome once the kidlet comes along. The book is divided so once you hae your baby, all the info you need for that stage is in one spot... no hunting around in the index or table of contents.
So in short, BUY this book, and get the others from the library.
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