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Breastfeeding News Updates

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Here’s a quick round-up of some breastfeeding stories that have popped up lately…
First off… congratulations to Tanya at the Motherwear Breastfeeding blog… she’s having a baby in June!
In the celebrity breastfeeding space… we’ve got Modern Family star Julie Bowen who is nursing twins; and Jennifer Garner talks about breastfeeding.
In more serious news… a recent study found that using antidepressants can delay breast milk coming in just after birth.
And finally, on Hobo Mama, there’s a review Mama Knows Breast and a giveaway contest.

Some Reviews of Mama Knows Breast

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Here are links to some reviews of my book, Mama Knows Breast. These all date back a few months. It just took me a while to remember to post them here.
Here’s an audio interview with David Wilk on Writers Cast. Writers Cast features podcast interviews with authors; its sister company is LiveWriters, which has author videos and book trailers.
Here’s a bunch of video reviews by moms on the site Expo TV. If you don’t know Expo TV, its a really cool site where people post video reviews of consumer products.
And here’s a video interview with me by Lysette at She also did a review you can watch on YouTube. Chichmommyusa focuses on holistic living.

Go See This Show If You’re in New York

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When was the last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt? Can’t remember? If that’s the case, I have a strong recommendation for you. Go get this book: “Afterbith: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine.” Better yet, if you live in the New York area, go see the author, Dani Klein Modisett, in action. She’ll be bringing her show to the New York Comedy Festival on Saturday, November 7th.
Modisett emcee’s her show… which includes well known writers and actors reading essays they wrote about becoming a parent. The show runs mainly in LA, but travels around the country as well. For this stint, she’ll be joined on stage by Dana Gould (“The Simpsons”), Andrew McCarthy (actor/director, “Lipstick Jungle”), Caroline Rhea (mom on “Phineas and Ferb,” real mother of Ava Rhea), Dan Bucatinsky (“Web Therapy,” “The Comeback”), Lew Schneider ( “Everybody Loves Raymond,” writer, “Men of a Certain Age”), Caroline Bicks (“Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England,” Professor Boston College), and Andrea Martin (actress, “Wag The Dog,” “Nurse Jackie.”
Now watch this video:

The Most Important Book You Could Read This Year (If You Have Kids)

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How’s this for a big statement…this book should be required reading for all new parents. In fact, you should get it right after your first OB appointment. The “Wall Street Journal’s Financial Guidebook for New Parents,” covers virtually every financial planning issue you need to think about when you have kids.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of feeding, sleeping, bonding and educating. It can be truly overwhelming at times. Especially when you’re sleep deprived. And of course, the most important thing is to love your kids with all your heart and soul. But at the end of the day, you can’t avoid confronting how you’re going to pay for everything… daily needs, housing, college tuitions and even your own retirement.
I know I faced a very steep learning curve with all of this when our kids were born. And it’s always a work in progress. So it’s nice to see everything you need to consider, organized in an easy to read book that is fine for those of us who freeze every time we have to calculate the tip in a restaurant.
Here’s what the publisher has to say about the WSJ book on Amazon:
“The average family will spend between $11,000 and $16,000 during a new baby’s first year, and more than $200,000 before a kid’s eighteenth birthday. Unfortunately, a second child only doubles your costs, with little economy of scale for each additional baby…
The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents shows you the way, with information on how to:
• Safeguard your child’s well-being with wills, trusts, and life insurance
• Best weigh your child-care options and decide whether to go back to work
• Save on taxes with child-friendly tax credits and deductions plus tax-advantaged benefits at work
• Manage your family’s health-care costs
• Save for long-term costs by setting up a college fund
• Spend smart and save money at every stage of your child’s development
• Continue to contribute to your own retirement savings
There is certainly no shortage of financial advice books out there. I’ve recently read Rich Dad, Poor Dad and The Wealthy Barber. Both are excellent for learning how to think about assets versus liabilities, the beauty of compound interest and saving for retirement. But this WSJ book is by far the best thing I’ve come across. I’ve been dog-earring my own copy. You may want to too.
If you have other financial planning books or websites that you like, share them here.

Two New Breastfeeding Books

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Two of my blogging friends have written new books for you to check out. It’s really exciting. I’ve known these women for the past few years, and it’s great to see their work come to fruition. One book is a memoir, and the other is a guide for breastfeeding educators who need to learn Spanish in order to help their clients.
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First off, we have Sinead of Breastfeedingmums who has written a memoir about her breastfeeding experiences. It’s called “Mama Milk: A Breastfeeding Mum’s Story.” Here’s her blog, and here’s a link to where you can buy the book on Lulu. It’s an e-book and costs only $5.27.
What I love about Sinead’s book is her realistic descriptions of the ups and downs of breastfeeding. She breastfeed three kids and she doesn’t sugar coat anything. She covers everything from buying a bra to weaning, mixing her personal experiences with practical tips. Sinead is from Ireland so at times her turns of phrase are truly charming. For example, she writes:

The very first night I spent with my new daughter was probably the first and only time she slept through for the next five years! I, on the other hand, missed out on that precious opportunity as I was simply too excited to sleep. I had waited for what seemed like forever to be her mummy and now that she was with me I quite literally couldn’t take my eyes off her. Even when I went to the bathroom I happily wheeled her along with me! The rooming-in policy adopted by our hospital suited me down to the ground. There was no way anyone was taking my baby to the nursery. I was her mummy and any mummy stuff would be carried out by me! Me and my baby together at last…

Now for the second book. Tanya of the Motherwear Blog has written a book called “Spanish For Breastfeeding Support” (Hale Publishing 2009). Tanya’s co-author is a former Medical Spanish instructor and translator. The book is intended for anyone who works in breastfeeding support: nurses, lactation consultants and counselors, La Leche League leaders, doulas, physicians, midwives, WIC nutritionists and peer counselors, and others. Lactation consultants can earn over 12 CERPs for completing the exercises in the book.
The book teaches you how to support nursing moms in Spanish using dialogues, vocabulary, listening comprehension exercises, grammar lessons, quick reference sheets, and great lists of Spanish breastfeeding resources. The book also comes with two CDs.
Tanya is doing a give-away of the book on her site right now. Click here to learn about the contest. The deadline is July 17th. And finally, there’s a website for the book, (Here’s the link for buying the book from Amazon or the publisher).

Attention Bloggers… If You Want a Copy of My Book for World Breastfeeding Week

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The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week. So in advance of this, I’m giving away review copies of my book, “Mama Knows Breast.” If you’re a blogger or journalist and would like a copy, send me an email.
Events for World Breastfeeding Week actually go on all of August… so it’s sometimes called Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Click here to see what’s going on in your area.

A Toilet Training Book That Is Working For Us

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At long last, I think we are making some progress on the toilet training front. And I do have to credit “The Potty Train” by David Hochman and Ruth Kennison. Seriously, what child doesn’t want to shout, as loud as possible, “chugg a chugg a, pooooo pooooo!”

And More Parenting Books

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Seems like a lot of parenting books have come across my desk lately. Maybe it’s my imagination. Maybe it’s because of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Any one in the industry care to comment?
Anyway, here are four more titles I’ve got on my desk to read:
Better Birth: The Ultimate Guide to Childbirth from Home Births to Hospitals is by Denise Spatafora. Denise is the creator of the Born Clear Method, a childbirth prep course that focuses on the mind-body connection. (A disclosure: Mama Knows Breast is cited in this book).

The Essential Breastfeeding Log
allows you track your baby’s eating and sleeping habits. It evolves over time, with four different formats depending on the baby’s age.

The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk
is focused on remedying low milk supply. It’s recommended by La Leche League. The Motherwear Blog had a good review of this book.

The Ultimate Mom: Uplifting Stories, Endearing Photos, and the Best Experts’ Tips on the Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love
is edited by Maria Bailey, the host of Mom Talk Radio and the co-founder of


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Four years ago, before our first son was born, I had no idea what I was in for. I had no idea that some day, I’d watch in horror as one of the kids deliberately stepped in dog poop. I had no idea that I’d say things like, “Stop licking the pole on the bus.” And I definitely couldn’t have imagined that extreme frustration could co-exist with extreme happiness. Often in the same day.
It’s this very sense of shock and awe that’s at the core of the new book “afterbith: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine”. Without a doubt, this is the most hilarious thing I’ve read in a long time. If you, like me, thought it was virtually impossible to find a unique parenting book, think again. And then go buy Afterbirth.
Comedian Dani Klein Modisett edited the book, which is a collection of essays about how parenting changes you in ways you’d never imagine. All of the pieces are written by top writers and performers… a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.
The book itself sprang from Modisett’s long-running show that features these writers reading their essays. It started in LA, but she now takes it on the road. And if it’s near you, go see it.
I was lucky enough to catch the show in NY recently, after meeting Modisett in a dance class. She was wearing a t-shirt of the cover of her book, so I practically pounced on her to see what it was all about. We were quickly reprimanded by the teacher to stop talking. Thanks to email, we continued the conversation later.
Yes, little did I know, four years ago, that I would come to worship our babysitters so that I could go out to an event like Modisett’s show. Then again… I don’t think I ever envisioned saying, “Get off of your brother RIGHT NOW or someone is going to get hurt!”
Too bad I didn’t have “Afterbirth” BEFORE I gave birth.

“If You Give a Mom a Martini”

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Here’s my assessment of Mother’s Day when you have small kids. In my case, boys. Two of them. 18 months apart. Under the age of 5. Mother’s Day is the place where aspiration meets reality.
My husband aspired to give me a break yesterday. I aspired to relax. But in reality, it didn’t quite happen.
Sure, they let me sleep in. (Thank you! Thank you!) And yes, they made an awesome pancake breakfast. (Loved the flowers.) But one parent is not enough to handle these two steamrollers, so I decided to tag along on their trip to Central Park. One massive toddler meltdown and a near collision with a golf cart collecting trash later, we retreated home. I never made it to the yoga studio.
Over the past few years, I’ve slowly come to terms with the fact that “down time” is something to catch as catch can. If you’ve got a half an hour to yourself… take advantage of it. Don’t wait for that free afternoon. It’s hard to find, and even when you do, it might be fleeting.
A new book embraces this very notion. “If You Give a Mom a Martini” has tips for making the most of your free time. The subtitle…”100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Minutes For Yourself”… says it all.
The book is co-authored by Julie Klappas and Lyss Stern (with a foreword by Christie Brinkley). Full disclosure… Lyss organized my first speaking engagement when my book came out.
Give a Mom a Martini is a quick read and has the usual suggestions of taking a nap and getting a manicure. But it goes further, and may even leave you chuckling at some of the pointers… I liked the idea of using a baby mop. Unfortunately my kids are too old. I think buying a lottery ticket is a good way to day dream… so I’ve done that. And I’m planning on decluttering our mailbox by trying out

All in all, even if you only have ten minutes of peace and quiet, this book is all you really need. Just lock the bathroom door and tell the kids you’ll be right out. Soon. When you’re ready. After all, shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day.