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Leave a Comment to Enter to Win a Copy of Mama Knows Breast

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Update: To see who won, click here.
Welcome to Part Two of my Mother’s Day Giveaway Contest. Yes, ladies, May 11th is right around the corner. Time to start dreaming about breakfast in bed, and a silent start to your morning…
I’m now giving away away ten copies of my very own book, Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding. How can you win a copy? Leave a comment answering this question:
What is the funniest, or most outrageous, thing that has happened to you as a breastfeeding mom? (April 27th is the contest deadline. I’ll pick my favorite ten responses).
Mother’s Day Giveaways Update: I’m also giving away a Baby Enstein discover & play center by Graco. Click here to win.
I’ve also put up a post about two books you can win– Margarita Mama and The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Click here to enter to win.

Book Giveaway– Leave A Comment to Enter To Win A Book

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Mother’s Day Giveaways Update: I’m also giving away ten copies of my book, “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Click here to enter to win. PLUS…I’m giving away a Baby Enstein discover & play center by Graco. Click here to win. Now, back to the original post…
Hot off the press… I’ve got two new books for all you moms out there. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook and Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be are both from my publisher, Quirk Books. In honor of Mother’s Day (May 11), I’m doing a series of contests for the next few weeks. So we’ll kick things off by giving away ten copies of each book. The authors themselves will be the judges and pick the winning entries. The deadline to enter is May 11.
First off, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Here’s what the publisher says:

Bookshelves abound with activity books for babies and toddlers, but The Rookie Mom’s Handbook is the first designed exclusively for first-time mothers. Here are 250 enjoyable activities to help rookie moms maintain their individuality and boost their confidence about leaving the house, socializing, and doing things they’ve always liked to do—either with or without baby. Inspired by the popular Web site, the book offers bite-sized activities arranged according to the baby’s age. Some are crafty, some are adventurous, and some simply help get a meal on the table.

To win a copy, leave a comment answering the following question: What was your biggest rookie mistake as a pregnant, or newly minted mom?

Now for Margarita Mama. The publisher says…
Margarita Mama offers a pitcherful of delicious “mocktails” designed specifically for moms-to-be. Every drink is 100 percent alcohol free. And they not only taste great, they also provide a healthful treat for both mom and baby! Recipes include twists on old favorites such as Mudslides, Mojitos, Cosmopolitans, and Mimosas, plus yummy new libations like the Materni-Tini, the Raging Hormone, and the Chocolate Crave.
To win a copy, leave a comment answering this question: What was the craziest craving you had when you were pregnant and how did you satisfy it?

A Video Interview With Me

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The website recently interviewed me, and the story (click here) has some of the best breastfeeding puns you’ll ever come across. It all starts with the headline, “She’s Stacked, Baby.” Now why didn’t I think of that?
If that’s not your thing…just surf around the site to find profiles of people doing pretty cool stuff in all sorts of fields…people like a sneaker designer, a landscape architect and a jazz club founder.
Now click here to watch this video.

Keeping a Feeding Log

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When our first son was born I kept a meticulous journal of his feedings. I’d note the time he ate, which breast he ate from, and how long he fed. I also marked down wet and dirty diapers. I was on top of things, and pretty proud of myself. At least I was, until his pediatrician more or less dismissed my note taking. I handed him a copy of the log, and he gave it right back to me. “I don’t need this,” he said. But look at all my hard work, I felt like saying back to him. Look, even my handwriting is neat!
What I realize now, is that he was essentially saying, your son is fine. He’s peeing and pooping and most importantly gaining weight– you can relax.
But fast forward to our second son, I did the same thing again. I kept a journal for a couple of weeks because I found it helped me keep track of what was going on. In a post-delivery fog, and sleep-deprived state, it helped me to remember when he ate. It was especially important because he was a sleepy baby, and I had to wake him to make sure he ate frequently enough.
So, I still like the idea of keeping notes for a little while, at least. And I’m sure some moms do it longer. That’s why I was excited to get a copy of this journal from Random House. “Time to Feed: A Journal for Recording Your Baby’s Feeding Schedule” is a great gift for a new mom. In fact, I just gave it to a friend today. It has simple entry spaces for each feeding, whether its boob or bottle, breast milk or formula. Best of all, there is a basic guide to breastfeeding at the back of the book, written by La Leche League.
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Some Parenting Sites for You To Check Out

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Here’s what I’ve found recently: has a new breastfeeding Guide. Melissa Nagin is a lactation consultant in New York City. Click here for her bio. She has a great post right now on how she tried to teach her son economics using breastfeeding to illustrate the concept of supply and demand. (Full disclosure, my husband works at About, but I promise, he had nothing to do with this post!)
Jennifer at the Black Breastfeeding Blog, who I’ve mentioned before, has added a cool new audio function to her blog. (She’s using utterz). If you want to hear the sound of her lovely voice, you can check out a review she posted of my book.
Finally, take a look at The Well Mom. Former ABC News Anchor Heather Cabot is running this site. The Well Mom aims to help moms take care of themselves while they are taking care of everyone else, too. She has a fantastic post on her site now about post-partum depression, and legislative efforts to increase funding for PPD research and outreach to moms. Heather also recently interviewed me about my book. Click here to read her piece.

Mama Knows Breast is Available on Amazon and In Barnes & Noble (and Borders)

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I took this picture with my cell phone today. The soft focus somewhat accurately depicts my utter disbelief. I went into Barnes & Noble at Broadway and 82nd Street because I was doing an errand nearby, and lo and behold, there it was. My book! All four copies of it!
I bought two, and at the suggestion of the salesperson, signed the remaining two copies (they put the “Autgraphed” sticker on them). She said they only had four copies in the entire store but would order more.
And as equally exciting…I went onto Amazon last night and ordered some copies of the book. As I was completing the order I seriously expected to get a message saying the books would be shipped at an unknown date. Again, shock of all shock! With a two day delivery, the books should be here this Friday.
A couple more options for buying on line:
Barnes & Noble has their own website.
Borders book stores has the book too. If you buy on line, the site connects to Amazon.
Quirk Books, the publisher, will sell it to you too. They also have a link to a photo of an interior illustrated page.
P.S. Can you tell I’m a little excited?! This is my third blog post tonight.

Breastfeeding123 Reviews Mama Knows Breast and Interviews Me Too

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Angela, over at Breastfeeding123, has been one of my blogging friends for the past year. She’s also been one of the driving forces behind our monthly breastfeeding carnivals.
So I was thrilled when she said she’d review my book and do an author interview with me. Click here for her review of my book Mama Knows Breast. And click here for a Q&A she did with me.
Angela…your turn now to write a book!

Some Mama Knows Breast Book Reviews

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For two reviews of Mama Knows Breast, check out Mamanista and She Knows: Pregnancy and Baby.

Mama Knows Breast Book Excerpt on The Celebrity Baby Blog

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A number of months ago a friend got me a subscription to US Weekly magazine. I never knew, until the magazine started showing up in my mailbox, that I had a celebrity fascination. Likewise, I never knew, until I discovered The Celebrity Baby Blog, that I actually wanted to read about celebu-tots.
If you haven’t read Celebrity Baby yet, check it out. I recently met the founder, Danielle, and she is really impressive. She’s got a whole team working for her now, and they are the go to site for celebrity baby news. The site even has a page devoted to celebrity breastfeeding stories.
And best of all…Celebrity Baby is running an excerpt of my book right now. It’s a synopsis of the first chapter. So for a sneak peak, click here. And while you’re reading the post, check out the rest of the Celebrity Baby site. You, too, may find yourself hooked.

Books I’m Reading Now

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Here’s what’s on my desk:
Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle. My husband discovered this book for me. It’s fantastic– a way to re-examine what you are doing with your career and any other component of your life. There are also Ladies Who Launch meetings across the country. Check out Ladies Who Launch.

The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How To Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life
by Renee Peterson Trudeau. This workbook helps you re-examine your life, your priorities and how you spend your time. On line you can find out information about joining or starting a PRG, or personal renewal group. Personally, this book helped me realize that I needed to make time to exercise; I remembered how much I missed taking modern dance classes. So I’m giving it a go again…after a four year hiatus. Ouch.
Now…for some chick-lit. Momzillas by Jill Kargman. On the surface, this is nothing like The Mother’s Guide, but in many ways it has the same message. A new mom searches for her place in the hyper competitive world of being a mom in New York City and finally finds her calling. I’m impressed by Kargman’s ability to take the little details of life…the things we all see every day…and weave them into a narrative.
Motherhood, The Second Oldest Profession. This is an Erma Bombeck classic from 1983.
Finally, A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder. This book taught me to embrace the inherent state of disorder in our apartment, and look at it as an indication of fun, energy and creativity.