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Mama Knows Breast

by Tiffany in Book Reviews

breastfed babyI don’t really talk about breastfeeding all that much on this blog but I really should because it is one of the most natural and “green” things you can do as a mom.

I have breastfed three kids now. My oldest only got 4 months of breast milk because I had to return to work and my place of employment was a big corporate office with a shared bathroom and my office was all glass in front. I would have had no place to pump so he was weaned a lot sooner then I would have liked. I STILL feel guilty about it.

3.5 years later my daughter was born and not a drop of formula ever passed her perfect lips. It was one of the happiest times in my whole parenting career getting to stay home with her and breastfeed on demand. I loved every second of it…well except that time she bit me and I had a huge, infected gash on my nipple. That sucked (no pun intended). ;) I breastfed her through my third pregnancy and after my last baby was born I was still nursing her. I would have continued nursing her and my youngest just as long as they wanted. I used to estimate that I had another 3-4 years of nursing left but that plan was foiled by cancer and my daughter ended up weaning at 2 years old and my son at six months. I didn’t even get to gradually wean them since I was in the hospital having my colon cut out and reconnected. My family got to wean two kids for me. Have I told them today how much I love them??

Reading the book Mama Knows Breast¬†by Andi Silverman was a welcome trip down memory lane for me. Right away I knew I would like it after reading some of the informal, girlfriend’s style writing. The way she worked breast into many of the titles was cute too…Mama Knows Breast, The Breast of Times and Worst of Times, etc. The illustrations were awesome too and made me very nostalgic.

Ms. Silverman and I had different values as to length of time to breastfeed and tandem nursing but mama knows breast coveroverall it is a good beginners guide to breastfeeding. It is not preachy and it doesn’t incite feelings of guilt.

Chapter one addresses the ups and downs of breastfeeding. I have romanticized breastfeeding so much I forgot about the downs but there a few, such as the fact that only you can feed the baby and there are many sleepless nights (at least in the beginning). The positives include bonding, giving your baby the best nutrition, and health benefits for mom and baby. The book also goes into the mechanics of breastfeeding, the lack of sleep issue, breastfeeding in public ( I was a shamelessly public breastfeeder), getting support from your spouse, your sex life while nursing, and the issue of weaning. It is a well rounded look at the issues that most commonly concern nursing mothers.

I really like the real mom anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book. Moms that have lived to tell about it are inspiring right? It was an enjoyable read, even if breastfeeding is part of my past now…sniff, sniff. :(

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

31 Comments on Mama Knows Breast

  • LeighAnne

    Hey mama! I love your blog! I just wanted to comment and say that I truly identified with today’s entry. I have breasted three children also…my oldest was bf’ed about a month because of having to return to work. The second one is now 2 years old…she bf’ed until she was about 15 months old. I had to stop bf’ing her because I got pregnant with my youngest and my milk dried up. My youngest (now 1) and I had a beautiful bf’ing relationship…bf on demand and exlusively. Just beautiful. It abrubtly came to a halt for me as well at 8 months, because of a medical condition. There was no weaning about it….and it was torture. Pure torture. She couldn’t understand why I wasn’t nursing her…and it made me an emotional mess. I just wanted to say, you aren’t alone. And I am very happy you are here today…healthy and writing all of these wonderful entries. Thanks for the heads up on sippie cups…we have some coming any day now! Take care mama, and thanks for posting such cool AP stuff!! Rock on!

  • I was blessed to nurse my two kids a total of 18 months, and wet nurse a cousin’s baby (pumping for her) for four months during that time. If health had enabled (hormones) then I’d have continued for a long time. Anyway as I type this comment from my hospital room fresh from my hysterectomy I can empathize with your memories and the wish that I could have continued longer or birthed more, etc. But I have a fabulous sister-in-law that is due this summer with her first and is getting quite excited about nursing and the benefits of it. So if I won she’d be getting it as a gift.

    Nursing is amazing, and wonderful and really I think the highlight of that first year or two or three. Enjoy it ladies!

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  • I’ve heard others give this book good reviews too. I’m currently nursing my second child (5 months old) and I’m still loving it. Yes, there are those cons but in my opinion the pros outweigh them tenfold.

    I’d love to read this book too and after I think I’d pass it on to a friend who’s pregnant with her first!

    Thanks for sharing,

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  • rachel

    Thanks for the great post! I’m expecting my first baby in late April/early May. I consider myself very fortunate that I work from home and have a flexible schedule that will allow me to breastfeed for years (potentially). At this point, I don’t really have a clue how to go about it but was encouraged to see my baby sucking its thumb on the 23 week ultrasound. That’s gotta be a good sign, right!?

    By the way, these things do stop growing at some point, yes? ‘Cause I’m at 25 weeks and they’ve been growing since day 1 and aren’t showing signs of stopping! At 26, the thought of having grandma boobs does NOT thrill me. ;)

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  • Hello! I’m new to your blog. I found it when exploring blogs through google reader and have been following for about a week now.

    I would love a copy of that book. I have now been breastfeeding my first child for 18 months. I hadn’t really expected to go this long but here I am. I would do it again in a heartbeat, challenges and all!

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  • Enter me please! We are still nursing on demand at 17mos over here, but I doubt my DS will want to go much past 2yo.

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  • Jenn

    I have tried twice to breastfeed my two littles and was not as successful as I would have liked. I am hoping with our next one to be able to bf on demand as long as my little one would like. I have heard wonderful things about this book as well. Thanks so much for sharing your copy.


  • danandmarsh

    Wow, I am going to Italy to meet my new grandbaby in March, my daughter is breast feeding and this would be a perfect gift to take along to give to her!!!

  • I would love to read this book I am currently going on 4 months and hoping to make the year mark. I would love to read this book.

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  • What a great post. I am such a breastfeeding advocate. With my first I too had to work and managed to nurse him for 10 months. My second nursed ondemand until she was 23 months old and I was 4 months pregnant. She just weaned herself. It was sad. I had 5 months of no nursing until my third was born. It seems like I nurse longer and longer with each baby and I will nurse her til she is ready to stop. Never heard of this book and would love to read it and pass it on to a few friends of mine with new babies and those who are pregnant! Thanks!

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  • Great book! I would love to win. I plan to have baby #2 this year so it should be a wonderful addition, along with the baby of course! Please count me in.

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  • Brooke

    Sounds like an interesting book and a great gift for any new mom. I just made it past the first year mark with my daughter and have managed to work now without pumping and still continuing to breastfeeding (working part time). I’ve often thought it would be great if there was a breastfeeding survival guide other then what LLL has out right now. Breastfeeding is a battle against society it seems like at every stage. Right now I’m in the “I don’t really need to give my breastfeeding child milk” and “yes, breastmilk IS FOOD” stage. Luckily no one has mentioned weaning yet.

  • dawn

    I have nursed two babies, a boy and a girl. I was really lucky to not have any problems with the first but I had some problems nursing my second which I didn’t expect at all considering the first had done so well. I can definitely identify with your walk down memory lane. I just weaned my son (almost 3 now) and it was quite a better experience than weaning my girl. I miss it a lot. If I win the book, I plan to read it first then pass it along to a really close girlfriend of mine who is still nursing her second child, now almost one year old. (or possibly donate it to my local LLL group)

    This is the first time I have read your blog, by the way, and I can’t wait to read more. I happened to run out of dishwasher detergent unexpectedly with a full load of dishes all ready to be washed and a snowstorm on the way so I started searching around for an all natural substitution. I love the natural dishwasher soap recipe you provide as I had all of those ingredients on hand and my dishes have never been so clean. (I regularly use 7th generation but I love your recipe even more) So thanks for your blog and all the information you provide on your site. It really saved me.

  • yes please!

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  • Hillary

    I love your site.
    I breastfed my daughter for 15 mos. and my 7 month old shows no signs of giving up mommy milk any time soon. I am so fortunate to be able to feed on demand and have such great support for breastfeeding in my husband. Our daughter, now 3, has hardly ever been sick. Go breast milk!!! I’d love to read the book.

  • Liz J

    I’m due in 8 weeks with my first and nervous excited.

  • Erica

    Plain and simple… I will soon be new to breastfeeding and would love any support I can find – the book sounds great.

  • Lexi

    I am breastfeeding my 7 month old and we are still going strong! This book sounds fantastic!

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  • Hi Tiffany and everyone else…Andi, the author here. If anyone has any questions for me, I’m happy to answer them.

    Andi’s last blog post..Celebrities and Breastfeeding– Salma Hayek, Helena Bonham Carter and Jessica Alba

  • Sinead@BMums

    Gosh, how on earth did you cope with not being able to wean gradually?

    I breastfed all three of my children until toddlerhood and found it the most amazing experience. I will do it again if I ever have any more children. Like you I weaned my first daughter earlier than I would have liked simply because I was back at work and found it happened almost accidentally due to supplementing with formula. The second time around was much better as my daughter more or less self-weaned. And my son has just recently stopped breastfeeding after 25 months!

    You’re right about Andi’s book. I reviewed it a while back and thought it was a little gem – especially for a first-time mother who doesn’t know who to turn to or whether what she’s experiencing is normal or not!

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  • Barbara

    I liked the idea that breastfeeding is a green lifestyle choice. It’s good when something I do anyway turns out to be both hip and good for the planet :+) I’m glad that you participated in the carnival. I’m looking forward to reading more on your blog.

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  • i just randomly stumbled on your site + i was looking all around to acquaint myself, when this breastfeeding post caught my eye, because i too am a breastfeeding proponent. then i noticed you breastfed your daughter til 2 when you were diagnosed with cancer + had to wean. me too!!! i hope you’re doing well! that’s fantastic that you have 3 children :)
    i’m adding more environmentally + socially conscious posts to my blog.
    i have a degree in environmental science, so we have a lot in common.

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