Favorite Books to Help on the Breastfeeding Journey

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This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about your favorite parenting books. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!

Generic Breastfeeding IconAs La Leche League played a very important part in my journey as a mother from P’s birth until J’s birth, I am a bit biased. I truly believe every expectant mother should be introduced to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.  Beyond some of the basics and help with common bumps in the road, the title really approaches breastfeeding as a way that women can mother their young ones.  It is not a technical read, but rather one that seeks to take the tone a good friend sharing from her experience might have.

There are some other great printed resources, though.

General Resources for Mom:

So That’s What They’re There For? takes the humorous approach to the topic of breastfeeding and could be a good book for a somewhat reluctant expectant mother.

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers is on my list to read some day soon as I respect the authors.

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America, Revised & Updated Edition Jack Newman is one physician that I appreciate.

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning is a title by the Sears family.  I adore pretty much everything they’ve written and appreciate the balanced approach they take.

Some ‘specialized’ titles for moms:

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book)  is not a title I’ve personally needed, but have heard it has inspired moms to multiples to breastfeed their children.

Nursing Mother, Working Mother – Revised: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding Your Baby Before and After Your Return to Work helps the mom preparing to return to work breastfeed.  As someone who did work and breastfeed for a spell, it is NOT always an easy thing to do.

Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding: The Complete Nutrition Book for Nursing Mothers is the reference to make sure you eat healthy and allow your body to shed weight while producing the best milk possible for your baby.

Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing is for anyone wanting to avoid artificial contraception options and still avoid close spacing of kids.  Like lots of things in life, there is NO guarantee you’ll avoid pregnancy strictly through breastfeeding your child.  But, coupled with natural family planning you can achieve spacing.

For those helping moms that breastfeed:

The Breastfeeding Answer Book is a must have for all La Leche League Leaders, but is a great reference for other medical professionals working with nursing mothers.  While it is more technical compared to other titles readily available, the language is still easy to understand.

Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Fourth Edition (Riordan, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation) is one book I do not own, but would definitely be adding to my bookshelf if I pursue certification as a lactation consultant.  This is a much more technical book and really geared for professionals.  (Although, I’ll admit the geeky part of me wants a copy regardless.)




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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


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