And the winner is…

Two weeks ago, I started the second giveaway for a copy of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, available at www.breastfeedingwithcomfortandjoy.com. Today, I drew the name of the winner, from all entries received:

Congratulations to the winner, and thank you to all those who participated!

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Win a copy of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

Today, I reached 200,000 hits on my blog stats!  Woo-hoo!! To thank all of my readers, I am going to be doing another giveaway:

a copy of the book Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy: A Photographic Guide for Mom and Those Who Help Her, by Laura Keegan!

Here is the review I wrote when I first read the book, and you can read other glowing reviews at Stand and Deliver, Permission to Mother, and Best for Babes.

And, here is photographic proof that it works — check out those fat rolls! 🙂

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Breastfed with comfort and joy!

This baby actually had to spend her first two weeks in the NICU due to a breathing issue, but her mom was able to pump and give her breastmilk, and then to fully breastfeed. Her mom said that the book helped out a lot, because although she had a lactation consultant in the hospital to help at first, after a few days, the LC didn’t come around any more, but she still had the book to help her out. Although the baby has started on table food, she rarely eats it, preferring to nurse. In fact, she is now over nine months old, but still almost exclusively breastfed. I’d call that a success story! 🙂

Now, onto the rules…

I will pick one winner at random from all entries received, and you can have more than one entry, to increase your chances. Here are all the different ways to enter:

  • Blog about the giveaway, linking both to this post and the book’s website: www.breastfeedingwithcomfortandjoy.com. Because Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy is self-published, it’s only available at this website.
    [If you have more than one blog, you can write a post about the giveaway and get one entry for each blog!]
  • If you’ve read the book, write a review! If you’ve already written a review, link to it in your blog entry about the giveaway.
  • Add Laura Keegan’s breastfeeding blog to your blogroll, if you have a blog; and/or add it to your reading list, subscriptions, Google Reader, bookmarks, etc. — however you keep up with the blogs you read — you get the idea! [if you do both, you’ll get two entries]
  • Spread the word – share about the giveaway and/or the book on email lists, bulletin boards, as a comment on other blogs [but, please, not in a spammy way!], internet chat rooms, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Del.icio.us, Digg, Mixx, etc., etc.,  or just good old-fashioned phone calls or in-person conversations.
  • Contest open to U.S. residents only.

As you do these things, drop me an email at kathy_petersen_283 at yahoo dot com or leave a comment on this post letting me know you’ve done it. If you tell someone about the book — whether through the internet or in person — please tell me a little about why you mentioned the book — is your friend a fellow birth junkie? a mom who has had trouble breastfeeding in the past? expecting twins? a new mom? a pregnant cashier at the grocery store? your midwife or doctor, or your baby’s pediatrician?

There is no limit to how many entries you can have, so the more you tell others about the book, in any way of communication, the more entries you will get. BUT, this is very important — you must tell me that you’ve done it, in order for me to know that you’ve done it! :-) The contest will run for two weeks (closing at midnight of Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving), and I will pick the winner at random. I will put each person’s name on a piece of paper, one time for every entry, and will put all the paper in a hat or bowl, and pull out one piece of paper. I will announce the winner the following day, which will be pretty cool since it’s Thanksgiving, it will give someone a little extra to be thankful for! 🙂

Good luck, everybody!!

“Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy” Discount

A few weeks ago, I posted about another blog doing a giveaway of the book Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy. Well, the winner was announced recently, and the book’s author, Laura Keegan, is giving a discount of seven dollars off the price of the book ($35 becoming only $28, a discount of 20%!), plus she is graciously donating an additional $3 for each book purchased to the Best for Babes Foundation, which sponsored the giveaway. You can get the discount code by going to the Best for Babes website. This would be such a wonderful gift for any birth junkie, new mom, midwife, doula, expecting mother, La Leche League leader, etc., for Christmas (yes! it’s coming quicker than you think!), birthdays, baby showers, or as a “thank you” gift to your birth support team. The discount is only good until Nov. 12, so act quickly.

Two book reviews

Recently, I reviewed the book Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy by Laura Keegan. Click here to read another review, both of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy and Dr. Denise Punger’s Permission to Mother.

Here are a few excerpts from the reviews. After saying she wasn’t sure she really needed the first book, since she had no problems with breastfeeding, she says,

I can easily say this is my new, hands-down favorite, must-have book for anyone who is going to be breastfeeding or is currently breastfeeding or for anyone who provides breastfeeding support. Even after three nurslings, I found some new ideas that I so want to try, I am almost tempted to have another baby … almost, but not quite. 🙂

Speaking of Permission to Mother, she says,

I especially enjoyed the basic ideas that ran through her book of being responsible for your own healthcare as a woman. It is so important to know that doctors can recommend certain treatment plans or procedures but that you, as the patient, have the final say.

“Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy” — a review

Wonderful!

Beautiful photography!

Excellent advice!

It’s hard to top the words of praise Dr. Christiane Northrup and others — both doctors Laura Keegan has worked with and mothers she has helped — have given:

like having a wise and loving grandmother show you exactly how to nurse your baby… Laura has created a manual of wisdom and celebration… what you need to know to get started in establishing a comfortable breastfeeding relationship and to solve problems should they occur… Before this experience, I never would have believed that learning the correct latch in this book meant that I would spend less time nursing my twins than I did nursing my firstborn and without the pain of sore nipples…

Plus there are many, many more in the opening pages of the book — a variety of mothers who had difficulties nursing for many different stated reasons (one mother was told that her baby had an “abnormal suck”, one baby was slow to gain weight, several mothers had cracked nipples), who resolved all those difficulties with the techniques brought forth and beautifully illustrated in this book.

Once you go past the introductory words of praise and the table of contents (which you can see by going to BreastfeedingwithComfortandJoy.com and clicking on “click here for excerpts”), there are beautiful photographs on every two-page spread — usually one large picture on the left-hand page with explanatory text on the right-hand page, but frequently a series of smaller pictures (for instance, several photos taken just seconds apart showing a baby properly latching onto the breast). These pictures show a variety of babies, from the tiny, still-wrinkly newborns to those oh-so-chubby babies of several months old, with several “milk-drunk” babies who have fallen asleep while nursing, and smile that sweet, satisfied smile. The pictures primarily show good latches and good positioning, with only one “what not to do” picture — this is important, because it is much better to show what to do rather than what not to do. In this way, women get strong and repeated correct images of how to properly breastfeed.

One thing that struck me the strongest while reading this book is the statement she made about how that women in this country often “automatically hold their babies and their breasts in ways that work for bottle-feeding since that is what most of us have imprinted in our minds” — as opposed to women growing up in cultures where breastfeeding is the norm. And it is this “incorrect imprinting” that is the root of so many problems with breastfeeding.

I remember my Daddy kind of poking fun at organizations like La Leche League, or wondering out loud why it was that women should have such problems with nursing their babies when animals don’t have that problem. To be honest, I never had any problems with nursing either. The only times it hurt were when my children got to that stage (about 6 months old?) where they are easily distractable and frequently turn to see what made that noise without letting go of the breast first; and also a couple of times when I was pregnant and nursing, my 10-month-old son would occasionally latch on incorrectly (I don’t know why — we’d obviously been nursing for quite some time), and it would hurt, so I would take him off and start him again (and I couldn’t tell you what was the difference), and it wouldn’t hurt the second time. And sometimes when I hear stories of women who have had just dreadful pain while nursing — like my sister-in-law whose nipples cracked and bled the whole time she nursed her oldest child, and she had terrible pain with every feeding (I give her full kudos for sticking with it for 11 months — I think I’d’ve given up much sooner!) — when I’d hear stories like that, I’d sometimes wonder why it is so hard for some women, when it was so easy for me. Now, I think I know most if not all of the answer.

The next several pages go into detail (in words and in pictures) about the differences between both maternal and baby positioning with breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding. And it is this that makes all the difference in the world. When the breast and baby are not in proper alignment, the nipple is subjected to abuse which causes pain initially, and if not changed, can lead to cracked and bleeding nipples. I’ve not had that, but I can imagine it to be not fun in the slightest. Yet, often women are told that even when they are in pain that there is nothing wrong — that happened to my sister-in-law I just mentioned. (Just for background, she didn’t tell me about her problem with breastfeeding until well after she had weaned her daughter — she first mentioned it a couple of weeks after I had my first son, when she asked if I was having any problems with pain, cracking, or bleeding. I think she was a little jealous and quite astounded when I said ‘no.’ She may have been a little perturbed at her “bad luck,” but I don’t think “luck” was the problem.) Anyway, when she was in the hospital after having had her baby, the nurse told her that she was doing everything right — despite the pain she was feeling. Because this “authority figure” (I believe she called her a “lactation consultant,” but I’ve heard that sometimes nurses are given that appellation or a similar one when they’ve had little or no training in breastfeeding, but they may be the only L&D nurse with breastfeeding experience, so they are the “go-to person” whenever a mom has a problem) told her that there wasn’t a problem, she persisted with an incorrect latch through months of pain and bleeding. It shouldn’t happen.

There are other sections (see the table of contents in the excerpts of the book) that deal with several other common problems or areas of concern — including many, many pictures of mothers breastfeeding twins, showing different positions for the babies to be in — as well as skin-to-skin contact, kangaroo care, colic, engorgement, etc.

Again, the pictures are just beautiful and both pictures and text are quite informative. It’s a must-have for any woman who has problems with nursing, or anyone who has contact with such women (midwives, doulas, nurses, childbirth educators…). I’m going to loan my copy to a woman at my church who is expecting her first baby any day now. I hope I get it back!

$10 off “Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy”

I had previously mentioned M.I.L.C.’s Facebook awareness effort that breastfeeding is not obscene. In honor of the beautiful pictures of women breastfeeding their babies, Laura Keegan, author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy is offering $10 off the price of her book, bringing the cost down from $35 to just $25. (Clicking on the picture of the book’s front cover will allow you to see excerpts from the book.) The code you’ll need to enter is Joy10 — and it’s only for today! I got a copy of the book a few days ago, and would highly recommend it to anyone who has any contact with a woman who may by any stretch of the imagination ever nurse her babies — pregnant women, just-had-a-baby women, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants — everyone! The pictures are just gorgeous — all those chubby “milk-drunk” babies are just delicious, plus the wonderful close-up pictures of correct positioning and latching, and the simple step-by-step instructions. As Dr. Christiane Northrup said, it *is* “like having a wise and loving grandmother” teach you how to breastfeed your baby, with comfort and joy.

I’ve just finished reading the book, and will be posting my glowing review of it soon, but I had to dash this off quickly to give you time to order the book today, December 27.

Still wondering what to get for Christmas?

If you’re like me, you may have to buy yourself your own Christmas presents. If you’re like most women, even if you don’t have to buy your own presents, you’ll have to buy Christmas presents for everybody else in your life (and your husband’s life) too. “What to get for Christmas” — either for yourself or others in your life — is always a difficult question to answer. Laura Keegan has made it easier. I know I just blogged about her book Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, but I want to do it again, because I didn’t realize when I wrote my earlier post that there were excerpts from the book available on her website — just click on the picture of the front cover to view 9 pages from the book.

This book is self-published, and is available only from her website. Since she has to do all of the promoting and distributing herself (not having a big publishing house to undertake the marketing), even if you cannot purchase a copy of the book right now, she would sincerely appreciate any help you can give in “spreading the word”, by telling people about her website (The Breastfeeding Book.com), on your blog, or any birth, baby, or “natural living” or “alternative” email lists or groups you’re a member of, or even the old-fashioned way of talking one-on-one.

Some of the people I thought of who would be interested in the book include the following:

  • midwives
  • doulas
  • childbirth instructors
  • obstetricians
  • La Leche League groups or leaders
  • breastfeeding consultants
  • lactation specialists
  • WIC offices (since they serve low-income mothers and babies, who are at higher risk of many negative occurrences, these women and children can especially profit from the benefits of breastfeeding)
  • pediatricians
  • L&D nurses
  • nurses or other workers in hospitals or doctors’ offices
  • family physicians
  • any “birth junkie”
  • pregnant women
  • new moms (and this is not limited to first-time mothers — I just recently found out that one of the people on an email list I’m on has for the first time managed to successfully breastfeed her child beyond 2-3 weeks… and this is baby #5! Nursing was excruciating for her with all of the babies, and she always gave up; finally she decided to stick with it, even through the intense pain, for at least 6 weeks. Getting past the three-week mark finally made breastfeeding not (as) painful for her, and she can actually see herself continuing to nurse her baby.)

If you want to give a meaningful gift to any of the above people in your life — whether for Christmas, a baby shower, a “thank you” gift, a birthday present, Mother’s Day, or “just because” — this will be truly appreciated. Even if you can’t get this book in time to present it at Christmas, you can order the book, and give a beautiful card telling the recipient that the present will be arriving very soon. Also, when you get those, um, less-than-wonderful gifts on Thursday, and you’re tempted to exchange it at the store — why not get a refund, and then buy yourself what you really want? And why get just one book? — order several, so that you’ll always have something to give when those gift-giving occasions sneak up on you or slip your mind.

I can’t wait to get mine!