Mother to Mother

Mother to Mother

You've read all the books, but you still want to know what it is REALLY like in those first few months after having a baby. Your wife/daughter/daughterin- law/sister/friend is about to deliver and you want to know what you can do to help her. If

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You've read all the books, but you still want to know what it is REALLY like in those first few months after having a baby. Your wife/daughter/daughterin- law/sister/friend is about to deliver and you want to know what you can do to help her. If you are asking yourself these questions, this book is for you! Author Kathleen McCue, surveyed mothers in her practice to find their answers to 20 questions, including What is the most important advice you received before birth?, What was the most unexpected part of becoming a new mother?, What things did spouse/family/friends do that were helpful/ unhelpful?, and What would you do differently next time?

Sample survey comments included:

  • Boobs are like children and require structure and predictability.
  • Support and reassurance. No gadget or book helped me more than people telling me that I was doing a good job and just needed to stick with it.
  • Make lists before the baby comes for things you'll need - grocery shopping, pets' grooming appointments, vacuuming the house... People will want to help you, so have a clear idea of what you'd like them to do.
  • Really, really sleep whenever you can.
  • My in-laws insisted on coming to visit for an entire week right when the baby was born. While it was nice to have a hand around the house, it was actually pretty stressful having visitors staying at my house during that time.
  • I wish they had come a couple of weeks later.
  • I wish my husband had complimented me on my pregnant body.
  • A certain unnamed relative loved to take off with my daughter, even if she was crying, and she would just say "oh, babies cry sometimes" without givingher back to me. This drove me crazy!

Author McCue follows up the answers to each survey question with her thoughts, suggestions, and advice. This book really "tells it like it is!" And
sometimes it's not easy and doesn't always come naturally as you'll learn from the mothers' comments. But knowing what to realistically expect and
being prepared may make your own experience easier and better!

Author: Kathleen McCue, FnP, IBCLC

ISBN: 978-0-9847746-1-6

Copyright: 2012

Total Pages: 256

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Released February 9, 2012

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Alicia I
11/19/2012

© International Lactation Consultant Association
ILCA Print and Multimedia Reviews
May 2012 – Available at www.ILCA.org
Mother to Mother: Honest advice from women who have been through it already
Kathleen F McCue, MS, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC
Hale Publishing, 2012
252 pages, resources, no index, US$19.95, softcover
Orders: Hale Publishing, 1712 N. Forest Street, Amarillo, TX 79106 USA
Tel: 800-378-1317, fax 806-376-9902
E-mail: books@halepublishing.com
URI: www.ibreastfeeding.com

The journey to motherhood can be both very exciting and scary. In this new book, Kathleen McCue has tried to give mothers a realistic view of what to expect as this journey begins. In the foreword we read that mothers get bombarded with information from many people including family and friends. During the wait for baby, one group that often is not heard from is the “chorus of peers.” Mother to Mother has captured the comments of this group through a questionnaire that looks to honest feelings and experiences.

The 57 respondents from all walks of life, ages, and birth experiences are women the author knew while working in a pediatric practice. The questions were developed in 2 parts and then distributed by email or letter. The mothers were asked to answer questions about birth and breastfeeding honestly; not all moms answered each question.

The responses are very interesting and in some cases eye opening. For example: “What one thing helps more moms succeed at breastfeeding?” A mother who is in the throws of it answers: “Talk to other moms who have been through it while … you will think, “I can’t do this anymore. I have a leech … This baby wants to eat 20 out of 24 hours!” Having friends who can tell you that you will come out the other side is what got me through it” (p. 49). Another example: “Do you have a favorite gadget you either purchased or devised?” (p. 123). Answer: “Definitely my breast pump.”

At the end of each question section the author summarizes and gives her thoughts on some of the answers. In some sections, she clarifies misconceptions and incorrect information. For example, in the section Three Most Helpful Coping Strategies, she responded to a comment on alcohol and improving milk supply (p. 142).

Mothers make the best decisions when they have all the information and they are continually seeking that information. How they process the information may empower them to meet the challenges or may frighten them to dig deeper for answers. This book has the potential to foster both.

Vicki Carlson, IBCLC
Oak Island, North Carolina USA

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