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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: April Rudat, Registered Dietitian (Feb. 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979154901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979154904
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fa841f8) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa51a38) 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
HASH(0x9fa51ab0) 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
HASH(0x9fa51f54) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa51e58) 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
HASH(0x9fc9c090) out of 5 stars Needed more actual breastfeeding how-to for tandem, less parenting advice. Not much here for experienced parents. July 4 2014
By Mom Of Many - Published on Amazon.com
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I definitely expected a LOT more actual breastfeeding solutions and less parenting advice. A lot of what's in this book is going to be irrelevant to you if you have other children and there's quite a bit of parenting advice that the author can't possibly know since her twins are her first children. Ex: How does the author know that co-sleeping will ruin your sex life if she's never done it and so against it. We have always done it and have 6 children so clearly not. I didn't need parenting advice from a first time mom but, an actual description of latching on twins to tandem nurse would've been really nice. It's not that this book is bad, perhaps mistitled. This is really just one woman relating her personal experience nursing twins and less of a how-to with the nuts and bolts of breastfeeding twins which was what I was looking for. I will say that a lot of the parenting advice is clearly from an inexperienced parent. Cloth diapers are maligned as completely impossible and foolish (what were you thinking). In reality, if you've done it before and/or are currently cloth diapering another child, it's a God send. That's as bad in my opinion as someone telling you it's impossible to breastfeed twins. If it's important to you, you can find a way. Sure, if you've never done it before and you're busy learning to change a diaper in the first place along with everything else a new parent has never done, it might be too much for you. But, seriously, don't tell people its a waste of time or impossible. If you already have a routine nothing could be farther from the truth. Again, how does the author know this if she's never done it? Bottom line, take the advice here with a grain of salt and understand that other people have different ways of doing things. Its one person's experience and I think there are better actual resources out there like Mothering Multiples. I will echo other reviewers in saying that if you have other children, especially a toddler, the sleep advice can go in one ear and out the other. If you have no other kiddos, have live-in help for a month, and take as gospel every word the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say then this is the book for you. If you are an experienced parent, listen to your gut, and have any interest in attachment parenting, you're better off looking elsewhere. There won't be much here for you.