- 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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So That's What They're for: Breastfeeding Basics Paperback – March, 1998
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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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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book for first time mom's who plan to breastfeed. This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'm so thankful to her. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dustin Evans
Such a life saver of a book. This book humorously and easily covers all the concerns I ever had about breast feeding. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Reese
I think the advice in this book is slightly outdated and makes it hard to read. She suggests renting videos and plopping yourself down with the VCR. ..Published 11 months ago by ChristyCPA
I've read so many books on breastfeeding. This is by far my favorite. It offers practical advice, interesting facts (which are important to have in your back pocket just in case... Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Joanna L Lefebvre
Got it 10 years ago before my first daughter was born and then found it again and reread it for my second one. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Danelle
Funny and informative! I planned on breastfeeding just because I was educated in the benefits for both mother and child but wasn't sure I wanted to... Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Top Notch
This was recommended by a friend- and I learned more in the first few chapters than I did with any other book. It really tells it like it is for breastfeeding. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Mary Jardine