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    Hi ladies,
    I'm sure this question has been asked a million times, but can anyone recommend any good books that I should read before bub arrives? I'm not into co-sleeping but do want to try to breastfeed... So I guess a somewhat natural approach lol... I'm a bit lost I guess even to how to approach parenting! So anything to start would be great :-)

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    I'm sure that I will get grilled for this, but I found Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall to be great in regards to sleep and routines. I didn't follow her routines to the tee and use cio method, but I found it helped with giving me a good idea on dd's cues for wanting sleep, feed etc. and a basic structure to go by.

    Other than that, I read a vast array of books about baby lead feeding, steiner approach, other sleep and routine books, vaccinations and everything else. Visit thr library and borrow a variety of books, you'll soon find out what appeals to you.
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    I'm expecting first baby in a few weeks do can't say from experience. But I had a friend recommend me tizzie halls book save our sleep which I've read cover to cover. I intend to try it. I've also bought what to expect in the first year and have read all the relevant sections too.
    I've found them both helpful in preparing my 'brain' (haha) for our newborn.

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    I wish I had read save our sleep before DD was born. I started her on routines at 9 weeks and never looked back. Routines aren't for everyone but really worked for me.

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    Baby Whisperer by Tracy (last name escapes me) was one I liked too

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    It is daunting and hard to believe, but your natural instinct will kick in and you will know what to do. You wont know what 'type' of parent you are until bub is here so it is hard to know what books to recommend (eg Tizzie is imo hard core and I could never read that book). Breastfeeding is hard, you cant learn from a book, I would find a good lactation consultant in your area and get her in from day 1 - life is so much easier without cracked nipples so breastfeeding has to be done right from day 1 (coming from someone whose nipples bled for 3 weeks despite thinking we were doing it right!). I got so hung up on what the books said I forgot that only I knew my baby and actually knew her pretty well. For times you dont know what to do there are help lines, community health centres, forums, friends. Good luck.

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    Parenting by Heart by Pinky Mckay.
    I've been mumming for 7 years now and have read masses of books and Pinky is my hero.

    In terms of breastfeeding, I'd get a subscription to the ABA mag and it comes with a book called "Breastfeeding, naturally" and that was a great resource for me. I'd look for an ABA group in your area and start attending meetings before bub is born - it will give you a wonderful support network when you need it.
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    "The Happiest Baby on The Block", "The Science of Parenting" by Margot Suderland. Lots more that I love but they're a bit more into co-sleeping. Following prescriptive routines (as espoused by Tizzie Hall and Tracey Hogg) can really harm your chances of breastfeeding.

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    I say avoid all of them. I have save our sleep by tizzie hall and baby on board by dr Howard chilton. They were just stressing me out because I was doing everything wrong according to the books. After the first two weeks I threw them in the drawer and am trying to forget about them and just trust my instincts. The books don't know my baby, I do.

    That being said ds is only three weeks old so I am no expert but just my opinion. I've had no tears from me in the last week since ignoring the books, before that I was bawling my eyes out daily.

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    I second baby whisperer by Tracy Hodge.

    Routines aren't for everyone, but it really helped me when I couldn't figure out what my DS' cries were for. Structure has actually helped me be flexible as I could predict what was next.


 

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