Need help breastfeeding? I know I did… I am fully convinced that if I would have had more knowledge and support around me during my breastfeeding journey that I would have lasted more than two months. I was the first person in my immediate who attempted to breastfeed and I wish I could have had the support of other mothers, but I didn’t and it was a learning experience for me. I know next time I will be so much more educated and prepared for it. Breastfeeding is really hard and that’s the honest truth. Even if your baby latches perfectly like mine did you still have to deal with your roller coaster emotions, raw nipples, leaky nipples, public shaming, and that’s just the beginning.
I recently saw two pregnant bloggers who were both having their first child discussing how nervous they were about trying to breastfeed for the first time. I just wanted to throw tons of advice their way! Instead I decided to put together a resource for bestselling books on breastfeeding. Reading is the best way to absorb information and these writers are the experts. Here are the best books on breastfeeding:
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League- “All parents want the best for their babies, and there’s no doubt about the fact that human milk is the ideal food for human babies. What’s the secret of successful breastfeeding? For almost fifty years mothers who have been in touch with La Leche League have found the kind of information and support they needed to breastfeed their babies.In this newly revised edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, you will learn…”
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett- “In this second edition of Breastfeeding Made Simple, two breastfeeding specialists explain the seven natural laws of breastfeeding that can help new mothers breastfeed successfully and easily.”
The Nursing Mother’s Companion – 7th Edition: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy through Weaning by Kathleen Huggins- “Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for over 30 years, with over 1 million copies sold. It is respected and recommended by professionals, including The International Lactation Consultant Association, T. Berry Brazelton and The American Academy of Pediatrics, and is well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.”
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin- “Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body. Whether you’re planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.”
Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding by Marianne Neifert MD- “In Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding, Marianne Neifert, MD, one of America’s leading pediatricians and a nationally recognized lactation consultant, gives nursing mothers all the advice they need to breastfeed their babies successfully. Distilled from Dr. Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding, this is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and effective book on the subject. Neifert has spent the last 25 years addressing the situations that nursing mothers routinely encounter; her sound, reassuring, and practical advice makes this a must-have for all new moms and mothers-to-be.”
Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work by Jessica Shortall- “The practical, relatable, and humorous guide to surviving the difficult, awkward, and rewarding job of being a breastfeeding, working mom.”