Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins! ...Plus More Tips for Simplifying Life with Twins Paperback – Jun 21 2007
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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.
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!