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Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins! ...Plus More Tips for Simplifying Life with Twins [Paperback]

April Rudat

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Feb. 26 2007 0979154901 978-0979154904
Book Description: From successful breastfeeding mother of twins April Rudat comes a practical, fun, and educational guide to breastfeeding and caring for multiples. "Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins!" makes breastfeeding and parenting multiples a simpler feat with its up-to-date research and witty anecdotes. Packed with staple information for pregnant or new moms of multiples, "Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins!" includes photos, charts, logs, illustrations, and troubleshooting tips. Finally, as a Registered Dietitian, April Rudat imparts readers with nutrition tips for each stage from lactation through the toddler years. About the Author: April Rudat is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Counseling, and she has successfully breastfed her boy/girl twins for well over a year. She also freelance writes on breastfeeding, breastfeeding multiples, parenting, and nutrition-related topics.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a bible May 3 2009
By J. Rufo - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book during my twin pregnancy, and while I agree with the reviewers who say this book is wonderful encouragement for moms who hope to breastfeed twins, I would warn those who purchase the book to also purchase other books, such as Mothering Multiples (the La Leche book). In addition, a lactation consultant who comes to your house, and will answer emails and phone calls, is a MUST.

On the good side, Rudat offers very practical advice, especially the step by step portion on how to tandem breastfeed the babies (including pictures), and she has great tips on how to successfully breastfeed through proper nutrition and hydration.

However, there are a lot of obstacles and difficulties that come up with nursing twins that Rudat does not fully address - for instance, she has a section on plugged ducts that she casually mentions, because she never really experienced them. Also, there is an overall tone of superiority throughout the book - I was very determined to breastfeed my babies at all costs because I felt that if Rudat could do it, so could I. However, this attitude is not the healthiest - if a woman is going through postpartum depression, sore nipples, poor milk production (a definite reality when nursing twins), fussy hungry babies, and extreme exhaustion, it can be detrimental to everyone involved (mom, dad, babies) for a mom to be so determined to breastfeed at the expense of everyone's sanity and health. I know this because I was one of these moms. I strongly support breastfeeding, and I feel that all obstacles associated with nursing twins can be overcome through hard work, determination, and the advice of a lactation consultant; however, I also support those mothers who decide for whatever reason that they need to make the switch to formula. And I feel that Rudat does not support this at all, because her breastfeeding experience was relatively easy.

I suggest that if you decide to purchase this book, that you also read a variety of other women's experiences, find a good lactation consultant before the birth, and most importantly, keep an open mind. Any amount of breastfeeding is good for the babies, and you should not feel guilty in any way for making the decision to feed formula. The babies' happiness, and YOUR happiness, is paramount.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good on breastfeeding, stay away from sleep May 15 2008
By grizzlymama - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book quite helpful for tips on breastfeeding twins - though not so useful for those of us with toddlers at home. Most of her ideas really aren't practical if you have another child to care for. In addition, I was quite bothered with the sections on sleep, and feel she should have remained on the breastfeeding topic instead. I strongly disagree with leaving your babies to cry to sleep, and can attest to the fact that a child will indeed learn to go to sleep without being left to cry at such a young age.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 1/2 months and still breastfeeding my twins.... Sept. 17 2008
By Karen Bianchi - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book very helpful. I am a mom of 4 boys - and exclusively breastfed my first two boys for one year each. When I found out I was pregnant w/ twins I was nervous thinking I would not be able to nurse them. I heard about April's book - and bought it. The book helped me so much and made me realize I can breastfeed them - and I have been doing great for 5 1/2 months now. It was just what I needed to give me the courage to nurse the two of them. I found a position that worked well for me - one in cradle hold and one in football hold - and loved the hint about putting them down on the couch, sitting in between them...and being able to get them latched on w/o help. I don't think I would have figured that out by myself. There are so many other good hints - about starting solids...and different stages of the first year and what to expect. I still reference the book often and recommend it. Thanks to April I'm saving a ton of money on formula (spending on diapers and wipes is enough)...and Maxx and Mason are getting the best nutrition I can give them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, Yes you Can Breastfeed Twins" -A Bible for New Moms Aug. 15 2009
By Alicia Kelly MS Education - Published on Amazon.com
"Oh Yes You can Breastfeed Twins is the bible for all mothers and mothers-to-be who want to breastfeed one or two babies. April Rudat, a registered dietitian and successful breastfeeding mother of twins, writes a complete guide for every step of the breastfeeding process. The book begins by explaining the benefits of breastfeeding such as the wonderful bonding benefits, the benefits for the babies immune systems, and the significant financial benefits. Breastfeeding can save $400 per month! Chapter Two provides a complete list of everything needed for the baby nursery. This chapter will be very helpful for mothers who are expecting twins because Ms. Rudat explains all of the following: Health and First Aid Supplies, Bathing Supplies, Items needed for Diaper changes and items needed for inside the diaper bag, as well as wardrobe tips and safety supplies. The book also explains items that you will not need. Chapter Three explores creating a nursery environment which s conducive to Breastfeeding twins including tandem breastfeeding (breastfeeding both babies at the same time). This chapter also provides helpful pictures as well as tips for establishing a routine.

Each chapter of this book provides valuable information about nutrition and useful tips for breastfeeding twins. The seven steps to breastfeeding twins are well written and easy to follow. The food pyramid is also broken down to be sure that you have enough calories to make good quality milk. The book also provides useful money saving tips ....the first one is to breastfeed your twins! Ms.Rudat also provides her favorite books and websites. Chapter Eight provides a superb reference guide which explains all about the breasts. It explains the anatomy and physiology of the breasts. I learned so much from this chapter! In Chapter Nine Breast Care is explained. The chapters following include: breastfeeding outside the home, traveling with twins, fashion tips, fashion tips, the first few weeks at home with twins, nursing strikes, and colic. At the end of each chapter Ms. Rudat sums it up for you by providing ten simple steps to follow. Each steps of the way the author is a motivator guiding you thru the breastfeeding journey. At the conclusion of the book there are appendixes provided for babies ages 0-4 years old as well as tips about water and fluoride.

This book is an excellent guide for mothers wanting to breastfeed or even for those who are in the process of doing it. Ms.Rudat provides easy to follow nutritional advice and practical tips. Most importantly she helps you to believe that you can breastfeed your babies )or baby and helps you to enjoy the journey. This book would be a unique, helpful baby shower gift!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource!! Oct. 25 2009
By CP3 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am still breastfeeding my twin boys and they are now 13 months old. The first 5 to 6 months I used this book often. I read most of it first and then I'd go back and review it if I was having a problem. One of the main things I liked about it was the encouragement to keep going. It helped me realize what was going on when I got a yeast infection so I was able to get medical help right away. My supply was one of my biggest concerns in the first 5 months or so and I have to say the key to that is nurse often!! So hard to do with a toddler in the house and the busyness of life. I spent so much time nursing the first few months it was unbelievable. TANDEM nursing is the only way to go!! If I can do it so can you and I really don't think you'll be sorry to have this resource.

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