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#1 of 9 Old 10-08-2005, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
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This is a spinoff of the are you gonna BF thread. Someone was asking about books.

My Favorite Breastfeeding book is by Dr. Jack Newman, He addressess all sorts of problems/issues and has a message throughout the book which tells the mom that she is normal and can do it. I randomly had this book with my first and it was amazing how it helped me through all of our troubles (Which were abundant and seemingly never-ending ).

For Birth books, I love "Ina May Gaskin's birth book" and her "Spiritual Midwifery", both which have beautiful birth stories. In fact, in her birth book (not sure if that is the exact title) some of the women giving birth are the babies who's birth stories were told in Spiritual Midwifery a generation before. They are so inspiring and lovely to read. "Spiritual Midwifery" is also interesting and can be appreciated because it captures the history of an important time in our country, from the perspective of birthing families. I also love "Birthing from Within", and did a BFW class before I had DD2.

So what books do you think are terrific and worth the read?


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Out of print and hard to find but a treasure if you can:
"Babies, Breastfeeding and Bonding" Ina May Gaskin
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OK, not necessarily breastfeeding but an overall great newborn book (looks at BF, cosleeping, touch,...
The Vital Touch by .... (I'll have to look it up because DS is sleeping in the room with the book shelf)
also LOVE
Our Babies, ourselves by Meredith Small
Easy great reading!
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My fave birth book hands down is Spiritual Midwifery. I those mamas! There are other good ones, but that is a classic.
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I like the LLL and Sears books for breastfeeding.
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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and her book Spiritual Midwifery are both great but I read them both since I had my youngest. Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent is great too! My most helpful acutually during pregnany and birth was Birthing From Within.

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LOL, I have several favorites and I'm slowly adding these to my personal library!

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth by Martha Sears, William Sears
Birthing from Within by Pam England, Rob Horowitz
Giving Birth, Naturally by Peggy O'Mara
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn Penny Simkin
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
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OK - I added lots more books to my amazon cart. LOL.

Babies, Breastfeeding and Bonding I found on Ebay for $132!!!!!!!! It MUST be a gem. Literally. :LOL Ironically that price REALLY made me want it. hee hee. Iwill check my library....

As for the OP - Your baby from birth to age two was always by my bedside!

I cannot wait to read the secret life of the unborn child.
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I have never read a BF'ing book, as I never needed to, although I'm really considering buying "Adventures in Tandem Nursing!"

Favorite birth book is "Birthing From Within."
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