It is the end of World Breastfeeding Week, but the journey to support breastfeeding mothers never ends. I am a fan of books. Even though I have three children, I bought new books on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding each time I was pregnant and I learned something new each time. Most of these I have owned and read at one time, but some are new to me although they still look amazing.
Best books on breastfeeding:
The Nursing Mother’s Companion is the perfect basic guide to all things breastfeeding. Research-based and accurate information beginning with preparations during pregnancy and goes all the way through weaning. Clear, concise and written with the mother in mind.
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers provides mothers with the simple tools that will ensure a successful breastfeeding relationship for mother and baby, despite the cultural, social, and economic factors that can often prevent one.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is the classic book dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers. Consistently updated with the latest, best, and most modern information, this is one of the most comprehensive books on breastfeeding.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding has everything you need to know to make breastfeeding a joyful, natural, and richly fulfilling experience for both you and your baby. I absolutely love Ina May, the best childbirth and lactation consultant, and wish that this book was available while I was still in need of good breastfeeding books.
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers is just that: a book of answers. Breastfeeding may be the most natural way to feed your baby, but it is often difficult. The majority of the book tackles common problems and solutions, however may be best for moms who are able to be home with their babies.
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent is written by an anthropolgist looking at why we raise our children the way we do–and to suggest that we reconsider our culture’s traditional views on parenting. This book goes beyond breastfeeding and is a wonderful way to explore cultural assumptions about breastfeeding and parenting in general.
Mothering Your Nursing Toddler is the updated version of the classic book for women nursing toddlers. Extended breastfeeding has been supported by biological, cultural, and historical evidence, but brings more questions and support needs. This is the book to provide that.
If These Boobs Could Talk: A Little Humor to Pump Up the Breastfeeding Mom is for the mom that needs a little more humorous approach. A fun read with some good information thrown in.
Which is your favorite book on breastfeeding? Do you have one not listed?
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