Adventures In Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy And Beyond

  • Manufacturer: La Leche League International
There is no doubt about itâ€"when breastfeeding and pregnancy overlap, the questions abound! In this, the first full-length book ever on the topic of tandem nursing, Hilary Flower gives comprehensive and in-depth answers to a wide range of questions related to breastfeeding during pregnancy and tandem nursing.

Drawn from a great reservoir of mother wisdom, this book pools the stories of over 200 mothers from around the world. Extensive reviews of medical research and discussions with experts in the fields of nutrition, obstetrics, and anthropology have provided the author with a thorough understanding of what we know and what we can surmise on this important topic. Each mother’s experience will be a one-of-a-kind adventure, full of surprises and choices. Adventures in Tandem Nursing provides an essential source of support, humor, and information for the journey.

Customer Reviews

Definitive Resource on Tandem Nursing, April 14, 2004
By Kristy Dallas Alley

When I went in for my first prenatal appointment with my third child, my doctor thought it was my six-month checkup after having my second. Once we cleared up the confusion about why my chart said I was pregnant, (because I was!), her first statement/question was "Well, you'll wean the other one now, right?" My negative answer elicited a roll of the eyes and small sigh, but really she knew me too well to be surprised, and well enough to know she couldn't change my mind. After listening to my spiel about the research I'd been doing, her only requests were that I see a nutritionist and that if I experienced pre-term labor I would consider weaning.
Not every mother is fortunate enough to have a supportive doctor or the resources to find out the truth about nursing while pregnant, or tandem nursing. But thanks to Hilary Flower, the topic is out of the proverbial closet and right out there on the shelf at Borders Books. ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING is a fabulously comprehensive guide to tandem nursing and everything surrounding the experience. The first book of its kind, it is being celebrated as a well-researched, authoritative resource for mothers and health care practitioners alike.
One of the things that makes this book great is the easy-to-use format. The book can be read straight through, but it really shines as a quick reference. The chapters address everything from making the decision to wean or continue nursing while pregnant to finding positions to adoptive nursing of a second baby. Common fears and myths are also addressed, such as the real facts about miscarriage and who gets what nutrients first. Frequent anecdotes and stories from real moms add an enjoyable element as well.
Hilary Flower should be commended for her sensitive, pragmatic approach to this topic. She looks at tandem nursing honestly, not through a fuzzy filter. Not every writer can acknowledge that some choices are not for everyone, while at the same time supporting and informing mothers on every side of the issue at hand. In the end, she lets the world know that "real, beautiful mothers are actually doing this!" And with the help of this book, they can now do it even better.

Everything mothers need to know about breastfeeding, September 14, 2003
By Midwest Book Review

Adventures In Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy And Beyond by Hilary Flower is a comprehensive, definitive, "reader friendly" instructional resource offering everything expectant mothers need to know about breastfeeding, including its pros and cons, dealing with discomforts, dealing with disapproval, adopting a second nurseling, proper nutrition while breastfeeding, illustrative mothers' stories, and more. A solid, exhaustive, balanced, and readily accessible resource, Adventures In Tandem Nursing is very highly recommended reading -- especially to new and soon-to-be parents considering breastfeeding, as well as those who are presently breastfeeding older infants and toddlers.

A must-have for nursing Mommies who become pregnant again!, August 31, 2004
By Amy "ChinaDoll"

I cannot say enough good about this book! Though there is a great deal of accurate info on nursing, the field narrows considerably regarding nursing while pregnant or tandem nursing, and this well-written book fills that void!

I first read the book while my nursling daughter was 12 months old, right after we discovered I was pregnant again. I did not want to take this source of nutrition and comfort away from my daughter but didn't want to jeopardize the health of my new baby, and this book gave me the information I needed to make a well-informed decision to continue nursing her. Today, we're happily tandem nursing with her 10 month old brother!

I especially appreciated the chapters on nutrition (for Mom, new baby, and older baby), the scientific research provided, and most of all the stories by real Moms who had nursed while pregnant and tandem or triandem-nursed!

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the subject of nursing!

Couldn't have done without it, February 1, 2004
By Joanna

I'm a new 2nd time mom of a 3week old daughter and a 26.5month old son. Throughout pregnancy, I had many people telling me to wean my son as to continue nursing would harm both him and me. Hilary's book was a blessing as it listed the pros and cons in continuing our nursing relationsip all in one place. It serves as an encouragement for me as I read about other moms who had faced the same problems during pregnancy. And now, as I face issues with tandem nursing, I'm able to refer to the book and gain valuable insights and tips on how to handle two at the breast. It has really helped ease the stress and anxiety I face as I deal with two nurslings. I have absolutely no qualms about recommending this book to anyone considering nursing through pregnancy and then continuing to tandem nurse. Its chockablock full of good and relavant information written in an easy to read format. The cute illustrations are fun too! I wish there were more like it on the market.

Inspiration and how-to in one, August 31, 2006
By Sue Stuever Battel

I first read this book while breastfeeding my daughter and hoping for another child. It was inspirational, yet factual at the same time. I always enjoy reading stories from real moms, such as those sprinkled throughout this book. Now that my second child is here, I found myself using tips from it during the 5 months we tandem nursed. Some ideas will be helpful even for moms who don't intend to tandem nurse or nurse through a pregnancy, such as about setting gentle limits and dealing with twiddling. Hilary Flower made tandem nursing seem normal and possible.

A great book for Tandem Nursing, February 9, 2006

I LOVED this book. Not only was the information wonderful, helpful and supportive of nursing with two or more children, the pictures of families who chose to Tandem nurse were touching. It has great information on not only tandem nursing but on, also, how to decide if it is right for you and your family in an informative and non-judgmental way.

the definitive resource on this important topic, March 14, 2005
By Catherine Allison Granju "

Not only does this terrific book offer all the factual info mothers need when considering nursing while pregnant or nursing more than one child at a time, it's wonderfully warm, readable and supportive. I wish every OB, midiwfe and lactation consultant in the country had a copy. I do my part by making it my standard baby gift when a friend becomes pregnant with a second or third baby. Everyone I've given it to has raved about it.

Highly recommended.

I look forward to reading Hilary Flower's forthcoming book on gentle discipline.

Katie Allison Granju
Author: "Attachment Parenting"

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