Thursday, October 02, 2008

Breastfeeding Secrets Revealed!

After giving birth to four babies, I thought I knew everything there was to know about breastfeeding. Boy, was I wrong! After watching the Simply Breastfeeding DVDs, published by, I now wish I could have a “do-over” when it comes to breastfeeding my boys. Although I had few problems with my first two boys, I had a difficult time with my last two, who were twins. It seemed like I didn’t have enough milk, which I attributed at the time to my “advanced maternal age” (39). And, unfortunately, my doctor didn’t have a clue about how to help me. I ended up breastfeeding for a much shorter time than I wanted and supplementing with formula. Now that I’ve seen the Simply Breastfeeding DVDs, I know there were a lot of things I could have tried before giving up.

These DVDs should be required viewing for every expectant couple. (And, yes, fathers-to-be are also encouraged to watch because there are many ways in which they can help their wives achieve breastfeeding success.) The first DVD covers the benefits of breastfeeding, both for the baby (better immunity, higher IQ, bonding, etc.) and for the mother (weight control, less expensive, lower cancer risk, etc.). Although you may think you’re already sold on the idea of breastfeeding, these benefits are important to know because, when you encounter breastfeeding problems down the road, they will inspire you to be persistent and keep trying. Part I also covers topics such as how much milk your baby really needs (I was amazed at the small size of a newborn’s stomach) and how your milk comes in.

The second DVD gets into the “how” of breastfeeding: how to position your baby, how to get a good latch, how to prevent nipple soreness, and more. It made me realize why the “football hold” that I used with my twins may not have been the most ideal position for them. And I never thought about how important it is to make sure the baby’s head is pointing up so he can breathe and swallow properly!

Simply Breastfeeding’s instructor, Shari Criso, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, a certified nurse midwife and board certified lactation consultant, points out that almost all women can achieve breastfeeding success by using this method. It’s unfortunate that too many women become frustrated and give up on breastfeeding too early because they don’t have the information that’s contained in these DVDs.

I won’t be having any more babies, so you now have the opportunity to win this wonderful DVD set. If you’re an expectant or new mother, or want a terrific gift for someone else, you’ll definitely want Simply Breastfeeding. To win, just log on to and come back here by October 15, 2008, to comment on something you learned while on the site. A winner will be randomly selected from among the comments posted (one entry per person, please).

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Erica G., who won these wonderful DVDs. Please visit MyBabyExperts to order!

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  1. Yay, finally, a comprehensive DVD on breastfeeding! As a childbirth educator, I know that many women need to "see" in order to absorb and learn the many facets of breastfeeding properly.

    Too many Moms doubt their ability to nourish their babies with breastmilk and give up unnecessarily. By preparing to breastfeed and arming themselves with correct breastfeeding information such as the one in "Simply Breastfeeding," more women will have a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience.

  2. You won't be having any more babies nor will I but would lovethis for my daughter in law

  3. I would love to win this for a friend of mine whose expecting her first baby. I am a breastfeeding mom & understand how hard breastfeeding can seem at first.

  4. I learned that I am not the only one that had some emotional issues about breastfeeding. I would like this for my sister who is due in March.

    egreca (at) hotmail {dot} com

  5. Angi Herbison3:49 PM

    Great giveaway! I had no idea the right bra helps with breast feeding.

    My guys are 4 and we're not planning on having anymore but if I should win I would donate the DVD's to our local twins club ( It's especially hard to breastfeed twins and any and all tips would be much appreciated by our members.

    Angi Herbison

  6. I learned that it is a natural process when done with correct technique, starting with the right bra. My daughter is expecting and could really use this because she was not able to breastfeed with her last child.

  7. I learned that it is a natural process when done with correct technique, starting with the right bra.

  8. I think knowing going in that it takes some practice and may not automatically happen is something new mothers should know so they're not upset if breastfeeding isn't always successful.

  9. I nursed my daughter and struggled so much. Where was this 15 months ago?!? :) I'd love to have this to learn more for my second time around and to share with my friends who are expecting.

    I learned that Shari has delivered over 600 babies in 19 years...I bet she has tons of knowledge to share and I'd love to see it!


  10. I learned what Shari's qualifications are including delivering over 600 babies in the past 19 years. Thank you for the contest!


  11. I learned that I'm not the only one that has many questions about breastfeeding.

  12. I would love to win for my sis who hopefully will be expecting soon :)

    ktgonyea at

  13. This looks like an incredible resource. I'm expecting twins and had always planned to breastfeed. However, people are discouraging me because it will be "too hard." Knowing the benefits of breastfeeding, it is hard to give up on that. I did find a couple of resources on feeding twins, but they just mentioned the football hold and some formation where the babies bodies cross each other. To say the least, I'm confused and can't help but be discouraged--already!

    It was nice to hear the couple on say that they found so much success and help from the Crisco method. I would really appreciate that kind of help, too. What I learned from the site is that it is doable, that someone actually knows what to do and will share that knowledge. I'm sure a DVD would be much more helpful than the text descriptions I have thus found. I also learned that the creator has been a Midwife for many years.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with your twins and thanks for the giveaway!

  14. i learned Although breastfeeding is “natural”, the skills and techniques needed for success need to be taught


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