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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.

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.
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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.

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. mamaknowsbreast@yahoo.com.
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!”
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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 NewBaby.com.
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“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.
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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 catalogchoice.org.

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.

Books on My Desk Right Now

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Here’s what I’m reading, or planning to read:
Crafty Mama by my friend Abby Pecoriello. The subtitle says it all: “49 Fast, Fabulous, Foolproof (Baby & Toddler) Projects.” The only problem for me… I’m not crafty AT ALL.
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Pregatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be, by Natalie Bovis-Nelson. I had the great fortune to meet Natalie at a cocktail party for method that she bartended. She makes an amazing mojito. And the drinks in the this book look so good I’m going to give them a shot, even though I’m not planning on getting “preggatini.”
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The No-Cry Nap Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. This one is from the bestselling author of “The No-Cry Sleep Solution.” We’re having some issues right now with our 2 year old who has developed a strong aversion to naps. So this one is kinda relevant.
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A breastfeeding book of course… “Mommy’s Little Breastfeeding Book: 101 Tips Your Baby Wants You To Know About Nursing” by Michele Leigh Carnesecca. This book is amazing. It has all the main things a new mom needs to know about nursing. It’s presented as bullet points. Easy to read. Practical. A big thumbs up!
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And finally, Are You Chanukah or Christmas? by another friend, Felicia Miller-Stehr. This picture book helps young kids, ages 2 to 7, understand the true meaning behind the season’s holidays.
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Mama Knows Breast For Sale on BabyCenter Website

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This may have been here for a while, and I just discovered it. I’m not quite sure. But you can now buy my book, “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding” on the BabyCenter site. They’ve got it for 10% off. Here’s the link.

Win a Graco Activity Center for Your Baby– Leave a Comment

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UPDATE: FOR THE WINNER, CLICK HERE.
Welcome to third, and final, part of my Mother’s Day Giveaway Contest. No need to go shopping for yourself…or for another mom in your life. Just leave a comment to one of the posts I’ve put up for a chance to win some cool stuff.
So far I’m giving away ten copies of my book, Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding. Click here to enter to win.
I’m also giving away copies of two other books, Margarita Mama and The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Click here to enter to win.
Now for the third giveaway, we have an activity center, The Baby Einstein discover & play by Graco. I have to say, I LOVE this toy. When our first son was about six months old, we put him in it and he immediately “went to work.” He sucked on the “star,” flipped the book pages, and pressed repeatedly on the animal sounds. He was so focused, we called it “The Office.” All I have to say is “Graco, thank you for inventing this. Without it, I could have never taken a shower when the kids were little.”
The good folks at Graco, who have donated this center, have asked me to judge the contest. So for a chance to win, leave a comment, answering the following question:

How would this activity center make your life easier?
(The deadline is May 11th).
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