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post #21 of 106
I liked How Weaning Happens by Diane Bengson. It is about natural weaning and has a lot of stories of how mother's weaned. I found it to be great support when nursing and weaning my toddler.
post #22 of 106
I Love that book recomendation Boosmom! I am going to totally check that out. Thanks!
post #23 of 106

I'm new to the forum. I have a 19 mo daughter who i am still bfing. We've had serious supply issues from week one and have had to supplement with formula for her first year.

Anyway, here's a title that may help others with supply issues. It isn't your "typical" breastfeeding book....and would be of interest mostly to those with supply issues. Hope it helps others.



post #24 of 106
I read ALOT of books when preparing to nurse and when I had tons of problems with my first...my favorites by far were:
-The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins
-Nursing Your Baby by Karen Pryor and Gale Pryor (this little paperback may get overlooked due to it's mass paperback look but it was a great bk IMO)
post #25 of 106

breastfeeding book

I loved "Mothering your nursing toddler"
Don't remember the author.

It really spoke to me at a time when I didn't know a lot
of other mom's nursing toddlers.
post #26 of 106
Babies, Breastfeeding and Bonding by Ina May Gaskin
Out of print and may be $ but great!
post #27 of 106
Originally Posted by OTMomma
So that's what they're for! Breastfeeding Basics by Janet Tamaro

Its got all the instructions with a great sense of humor.

#1 in my opinion! I owe my breastfeeding success to that book.
post #28 of 106

LLL Womanly Art of Breastfeeding....

I had some serious problems being overengorged (My 2 day old couldnt eat because he couldnt latch on because I was overswollen) I thought it would all come naturally...and didnt read anything about breastfeeding before Wyatt was born. Ooops!
I learned quick, quick, quick. It was a pretty tough experience for our family for one day. Thanks to that book(which my mom left on my kitchen counter) and a very helpful angel Lactation Cousultant via telephone everything has gone wonderfully ever since.
post #29 of 106
I second/third/whatever...Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and also Dr Sears books. I also found breastfeeding forums to be a valuable source of information when I was getting started!
post #30 of 106
Originally Posted by ramlah
I also wanted to make sure everyone knows about Thomas Hale's book, Medications and Mother's Milk. He is a pediatrician who has dedicated himself to the question of what truly passes through a mom's system and into her milk, and how this affects her baby.
I think every doctor's office should have this book on hand, but most don't. Any time a doctor tells you you'll have to wean or pump&dump in order to take a medication for yourself, make sure s/he's checked into this resource! A new edition comes out each year. If the office doesn't have a copy of the book, there is a website with a terrific catalog of information. Only health care providers are allowed to register to ask questions, to enable Dr.Hale to keep up with the volume of mail- so check there to see if your question is already addressed, and if not, get your provider to go there for you.
Here's a link:
I was so amazed and happy that Hale's book is out there!

I also recommend The Nursing Mother's Herbal by Sheila Humphrey. It was helpful for figuring out which herbs I can still take for my seasonal allergies.

Since my DD was born 13 years ago, I've been happy with LLL's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding for general information.
post #31 of 106
The author to MYNT is Norman Jane Bumgarner.

Mom to three boys
post #32 of 106
LLL Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was a great starter book. That was the only one I read. I had minimal problems though on breastfeeding so not sure if the book would have been helpful or not according to the one lady here that mentioned it. It does dispell a lot of myths and junk that our previous ERA of people believed about breastfeeding and that was very much part of how I became resolved to breastfeed come Heck or High water! A good pump helped too!
post #33 of 106

Breastfeeding Naturally by Hannah Lothrop

Breastfeeding Naturally: A New Approach for Today's Mother by Hannah Lothrop
ISBN: 1-5561-131-1

* I cannot recommend this book enough.

* I have had severe, prolonged engorgement issues for all three of my babies, as well as painful let-down, sore nipples, plugged ducts, spraying milk, and mastitis.

* I have checked out over 3 dozen books on breastfeeding from several library systems.

* This is the only book that I have read that deals fairly with herbalism and makes homeopathic recommendations. I have been very turned off by the ignorant, conventional comments that other books make about herbalism and homeopathy.
CORRECTION: Oops. I'm looking at it now and it does NOT have good herbal information. I can't find a decent list of herbs that do and do not promote milk flow. And, now that I am using it, I am remembering that it has a horrible index! It does deal well with homeopathy and aromatherapy... the psychology is good, but not as complete as I'd like. It has a list of Bach Flower Remedies to help with various nursing issues. That's nice... if you are comfortable dosing yourself and can figure out your metaphysical issues relating to BFing.

* This book combined with the advice on one of the popular breastfeeding websites (is it called kellymom.com ? ... it is listed on the sticky.) is the only book a mom could need. Adding some of the advice from that website to this book would improve it, but it still outshines all other breastfeeding books that I have seen.

* One thing that I have yet to see in a book or on a website are positive affirmations for breastfeeding. Louise L. Hay's _Heal Your Body_ has only two for general breast problems, and these can be adapted. I am very surprised that no one has put together affirmations and forgivenesses around specific breastfeeding issues both to prepare mama's before birth and to troubleshoot breastfeeding problems. This is the second most urgent area of breastfeeding that needs to be addressed.

* Two other issues that need to be addressed in books that I haven't seen done fairly, without fear, and holistically:

(1) the unjust problem of toxic chemicals in breastmilk and the critical role of even contaminated breastmilk in mitigating babies' other toxic exposures [This is the most urgent area of breastfeeding that needs to be addressed in BFing books, and if anyone is revising such a book, I am the expert that you should consult to edit the final text for you!] AND

(2) a description of the problem of babies' sensitivities or allergies to consituents in breastmilk. Some experts say that breastmik is perfect; some acknowledge that a baby could have farting or colic or other health issues if, for example, the baby is sensitive to wheat and the mother is eating wheat.. but they confine the problem to the major eight allergens (wheat, corn, soy, dairy, etc.)... Other people say that a baby can be sensitive to anything in the mother's diet. ... and, I would like to see this diet issue treated holistically. In my own case, my first child was sensitive to wheat in my diet and her colic cleared as soon as I stopped eating it. My second child was colicky due to a sensitivity to peppermint, and I was drinking peppermint tea (and "Mother's Milk" Tea because I assumed that it was "safe." For all my children, I consulted health professionals who used applied kinesiology to "muscle-test" them to find out what the allergy/sensitivity was. Yet, I have never seen this extremely practical tool [muscle-testing/MT] referred to in a BFing book. So easy and so cheap: every lactation consultant and MW should learn to MT.

Caitlin who has a newborn baby boy!!!!!!!
post #34 of 106
Dr. Jack Newman - The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers is the only book I reccomend. I gave it to a friend and changed her life, totally!
post #35 of 106
Originally Posted by stafl
for anyone having problems, big or small:
Dr. Jack Newman - The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers (I think it's published under a different title in Canada)

for the average new-mom-to-be:
Dr. Sears - Breastfeeding Book

I didn't like LLL's book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding when my first was little and unable to nurse because it made me cry every time I read it. But, after my 2nd DD has had no problems at all nursing, I can see how it would be a really good book for a woman who just needs some information and support, and is not faced with any serious difficulties. I would not recommend that book to anyone who has any serious breastfeeding problems, or who had a cesarean, or who plans to return to work. There are better books out there that address those topics. JMHO
I second this loudly and entirely!


mama to Aviva Thomas
born at home 06.04.05
post #36 of 106
I was given Dr. Sears Breastfeeding book. So far it's been very informative. I've also borrowed Tandem nursing from the LLL library.

post #37 of 106
Sorry, didn't read all the posts- but a wonderful book I'm reading is called
"Mother Foods, for Breastfeeding Mothers"
By Hilary Jacobson.

It's SOOO good!
post #38 of 106
Definitely Jack Newman's book. I also like having Dr. Hale's book, "Medication and Mother's Milk." He publishes a new updated book every 2 years and it is really helpful if you have to take any medications, prescription or over the counter. He also is listing some herbs now too. In his book Dr. Hale goes into detail about how much of the medication is in breastmilk and how long it stays there. It is very technical, but reassuring if you are facing a choice of taking medication. It is not too expensive for a professional book at only $25 or so. So even if you don't own a copy personally, make sure your doctor does!
post #39 of 106
Originally Posted by Alison
The Canadian title for Dr. Jack Newman's book is "Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding", by Jack Newman and Theresa Pitman. Everyone should read this book, I wish I'd read it BEFORE I started breastfeeding, rather than after we were already having problems. I would have been much better prepared. And his advice on weaning/extended breastfeeding/introducing solids etc is all so common sense. I have started giving that book at baby showers, and recommending it to all women I know who are expecting.

LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #40 of 106
My 2 favorite are The Womanly Art of Bfing and The Nursing Mother's Companion
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