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So That's What They're for: Breastfeeding Basics

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Filling the gap left in a market glutted with dated or dry books on breastfeeding, So That's What They're For! lends support and encouragement to those wondering whether they sould try breastfeeding, for pregnant women who are sure they will breastfeed and for new moms who are having trouble and are considering stopping. With hilarious anecdotes and wonderful illustrations ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Adams Media Corporation (first published 1996)
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My mother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas and I read it while pumping. The book was very informative and entertaining and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and light read on the subject of breastfeeding. The author shares some real-life examples of do's and don'ts that even I could relate to as a breastfeeding newbie.

I have one complaint that is not unique to this book. Every piece of printed material about breastfeeding I've come across (even the directions to the breast pum
Mar 28, 2008 Arlynda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: expecting parents
My sister lent me this book when I was pregnant with my first baby. I really liked reading it, it was funny and informative. Little did I know how informative it was until I actually had my cute little baby home from the hospital. Besides my husband, I would have to credit this book with keeping me breastfeeding even when it seemed impossible to keep going. I bought my own copy when I was pregnant with my second child, and have been loaning it to friends ever since. Make the dad read it too, it ...more
Working on baby number 2 has sent me to the book shelves to brush up on new baby parenting skills. I did not actually read this book when I had my first child. I just skimmed it, picking out nuggets I thought would be helpful. I was under the mindset "I am a woman, I have breast, how hard could breast feeding be?" So why bother reading a book on something that would just come naturally. I WAS SO WRONG! Information is a good thing and breast feeding does not "just come naturally". My experience n ...more
I really liked this book. It had good information but wasn't condescending like a lot of breastfeeding books tend to be. Most importantly it gave me a lot of confidence that I can in fact breastfeed.
3 1/2 stars. If you are committed to breastfeeding your baby, this book will reaffirm that you are doing the right thing. If you are on the fence about it, it will convince you to at least try it out.Breastfeeding is definitely the best thing for baby. I knew that before of course but I never really gave much thought to formula. All that said, I don't know for how long I personally will breastfeed or how long I will exclusively breastfeed. The author is kind of all or nothing, as in she doesn't ...more
An accessible and easy-to-read book on how to breastfeed and what to do if things don't go well. If you've already decided to breastfeed you can skip a fair amount of the beginning which is just spent convincing you it's a good idea.
Lea Minniti
Unlike books in La Leche League's library, this book assumes a certain level of emotional discomfort with breastfeeding. It's written to confront the attitudes of mainstream U.S. culture toward breastfeeding, but sometimes the assumptions made were frustrating.

The tone is informal and casual, it's as if you're reading a book from a friend. This book does provide extremely useful information on how to overcome large and small problems with the mechanics of breastfeeding, how to deal with friends
One of my sisters recommended this book to me. Though a little outdated and opinionated to the point of being a little ridiculous at times, it was an extremely informative resource. I simply skipped over the beginning parts that made you think you might as well murder your baby if you chose not to breastfeed them. It covers everything from positioning to latching, weaning, and even toddler breastfeeding (if you get that far). I will definitely be referencing this book later when I go back to wor ...more
Laura Lucy
This book has some good tips, but like many parenting/pregnancy/baby books I think it belabors many points. What could be boiled down to a pamphlet takes up hundreds of pages. The author is obviously very pro breastfeeding. Other books I've read conflict with the mindset that the breast is the first, best and only answer to your baby's every cry, whine or grunt. I'm still a couple of weeks away from the arrival of my first child, so I'm no expert. I think I'll use some of the tips in this book, ...more
I hear there's a story in this book about a gorilla who didn't know how to breastfeed (killed her first baby b/c of it), so the zoo called up LLL and they sent moms over to breastfeed their babies in front of the gorilla during her pregnancy and immediately postpartum so she could watch and learn how. I want to read it just for that story.


Ok. I really really think this book would be the perfect gift for a mom who has never breastfed before. It's light and funny and has very practical advic
Oct 28, 2011 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crazied baby people
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Great book! Humorous, but filled with serious, no BS advice. I love me a diagram! I wanted to know exactly how to insert Boob A into Mouth B; and that's exactly what I got. I actually read the 2nd edition (1998) because that's the one I found for cheap at Half Price Books. I've decided that I will be buying the 3rd edition to catch up on 13 years worth of updates. I don't think Dad needs to read this whole book, but I marked a few spots to make sure we are on the same page, at least mechanically ...more
Lillian Christiansen
This is the book I give anyone I know who is expecting and contemplating breast feeding. I read several books on breastfeeding before having kids and most of the books left me feeling like there was no way I could live up to the lofty perfectionist ideals that breastfeeding mothers are supposed emulate. This book made me laugh, cry, ponder and most of all it made me feel like I really could be a successful breastfeeding mom, even if I wasn't always perfect. The advise in the book helped me find ...more
More of a read through book than a reference book. It was a great book to read when I was still pregnant and knew nothing about breastfeeding. It made the subject fun and do-able, more than other books that are super serious. This has made my breastfeeding relationship with my baby much more easy-going - having this attitude toward it from the beginning. Once I had breastfeeding established I wish there were some short reference pages in this book that I could quickly look up things. I now find ...more
This was a book recommended to me by a couple of different friends. For a new mother, this book covers everything: why breastfeed, the advantages and importance of breastfeeding, starting to breastfeed, dealing with minor problems to more serious ones, and handling the life adjustments that come with nursing a newborn.

While at times I felt overwhelmed by what I learned, I feel much more prepared for nursing after reading this. I'd recommend this book to any mother new to breastfeeding. It's one
One friend recommended this more conversational book on breastfeeding, and I thought it was pretty good. I am more interested to peruse The Nursing Mother's Companion and The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, 4th edition which were recommended to me by two or more friends.
I skipped the first half of the book because it was all about convincing you that breast feeding is the way to go. I'm already there and my college classes have already covered the benefits so I moved along to the how to. I haven't actually breast-fed yet so I'm not for sure that their techniques will work for me but I liked the way it was written. The author gave a lot of different positions and techniques. I feel a lot more prepared than I did before I read the book! If they don't work I'll re ...more
While the author comes across as a little bit militant at times about her subject, she gives lots of research as well as anecdotal information concerning breastfeeding that is a fairly easy read for soon-to-be mothers.

If you need any convincing that breastfeeding is worth it for however long you are able to do so, this is the book for you. The author also goes through (what seemed to me) every conceivable discomfort and inconvenience of learning to breastfeed and how to deal with these problems
If breastfeeding can be funny then this book is perfect! It has more than enough scientific text to make it credible, but the author is witty enough that I actually looked forward to reading about the topic. I have read a few other related books and this is by far the best for expecting, new and experienced mothers regardless of their choice to breastfeed or not. My only complaint is the cover looks outdated but the book is so relevant and contemporary. The cover art does no justice for the cont ...more
I looked around online when I was pregnant to find a book on breastfeeding so it would be a bit less of a mystery when my baby arrived. This book is hilarious! I would read the funny parts aloud to my husband, who was not into any of my prenatal reading, and even he had a good laugh and backs me up when I recommend this book to friends. Great stories, great examples, will make you feel good about your choice to breastfeed and will give you the info you need to succeed.
this is a great book. i was surprised that some reviewers on amazon claimed that it was too lighthearted to be worthwhile. it does have kind of a funny, easygoing tone. (for example, she advised telling family members who may be opposed to/not supportive of breastfeeding that michael jordan was breastfed and michael jackson was not.) but it also has a lot of really interesting information about the benefits of nursing and a lot of practical "how-to" tips. an important book
Aug 14, 2008 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Great for moms expecting their first or their fifth.
A witty, enjoyable read that helped a ton with the details of how to breast feed. I have leant mine to four different women who gave it good reviews and one even said, "If I had read that before my first child I would have know what to do when she stopped breast feeding at 6 months." So, even experienced moms can learn something.
My husband read the first 80 pages while I was gone one evening and was so converted to the health benefits of breast feeding.
This is the funniest book on breastfeeding. I love it. I get a kick out of giving it to my pregnant friends at baby showers, especially first-time moms or those who haven't had much success with nursing. I love the author's conversational, girlfriend style and her willingness to tell the truth about artificial baby milk and the ingredients it is made out of, like hydrogenated oil and the byproducts of the dairy industry.

So That's What They're For! is an awesome book if you're considering breastfeeding or have already decided that it's for you, but would like some guidance. Tamaro addresses just about anything you can think of asking and has an excellent sense of humor! Not only was this great to read before the baby arrives, but I expect this will be invaluable once he's arrived and I need a quick answer to a question.
Caryn Vainio
My best friend lent me this terrific book when I was pregnant. There's tons of breastfeeding info out there but very little of it is as fun to read and informative as this was. I especially enjoyed the section on things to say to those who judge your choice to breastfeed as wrong. If you're pregnant, get this book now and read it BEFORE your baby is born, then refer to it frequently once you're home!
so i made the mistake of flipping to the end where she talks about feeding twins and tandem nursing and was totally put off by a weird personal story she shared about letting her 4 year old breastfeed so put it down. but after the babies came and i was learning firsthand just how little i knew about breastfeeding i picked it back up and it was SO, SO helpful (and not weird at all). thank you nancy!
I can't give it 5 stars, because I haven't tried to use any of the information in the book. This was presented to me at one point as being a book on parenting. It's not, just breast feeding and lots of 'this is the best thing for your child'. But, its written in a relaxed and informative tone. It was very fast reading, read it in less than a weekend.
Funny, but super opinionated. She was such a nursing diehard that she made any woman who decide not to breastfeed sound evil. There was A LOT that I didn't care to read about, but with all the headings and subtitles it was really easy for me to find the answers to ALL my questions. I feel more prepared and I loved LOTS of her advice.
Oct 26, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant and breastfeeding moms
I read this book before I had my son and then referenced it many times in the early days of breastfeeding. It was great to have such a good book to lean on when I needed some reassurance. It was easy to read and added some much needed humor to something that can be overwhelming at times.
Deena Scintilla
A great book for a soon-to-be or breastfeeding mom to have in her library. It's concise, easy to understand, and humorous. Many of my "moms" have said it was their favorite book about breastfeeding because needed info was easy to find during those sleep-deprived days postpartum.
This was my favorite breastfeeding book to recommend to my students back when I taught natural-childbirth classes. It is so funny and informative. There are definitely some great breastfeeding books that are also very helpful but none of them will make you wet your pants laughing.
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