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Annotated Bibliography of Breastfeeding Books

Abramov, Tehilla
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART: A Torah Perspective on Mothering Through Nursing
Targum Press, 1990

A beautifully written exploration of mothering through breastfeeding for families who draw inspiration from Jewish law and custom. For up-to-date information on medical questions, such as treatment for thrush, the reader should refer to current LLLI publications.

American Academy of Pediatrics; Joan Meek, ed.
NEW MOTHER'S GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING
Bantam, 2002
This comprehensive resource is designed to prepare new mothers for all aspects of breastfeeding. From preparing for the first feeding to adjusting to home, family, and work life as a breastfeeding mother, this guide addresses how to prepare before the baby is born; establishing a nursing routine; the father's role in the breastfeeding relationship; and solutions to common breastfeeding challenges. Unlike LLLI, the AAP recommends iron-enriched cereal as a first solid food, and is more cautious in some areas, such as cosleeping, nighttime nursing, and weight gain.

Barber, Katherine
THE BLACK WOMAN'S GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING
Sourcebooks, 2005

Katherine Barber tackles the reasons why breastfeeding is important to the African American community, the how-to's of breastfeeding, as well as the unique socio-economic concerns of African American women.

Behan, Eileen
EAT WELL, LOSE WEIGHT WHILE BREASTFEEDING
Ballantine Books, 2007

The new edition of this book includes the latest information in nutrition and dietary concerns. The author provides expert tips for eating well and shedding pounds safely as a breastfeeding mama, and the latest research on: vitamins and minerals, toxin levels in fish, various popular diets, and preventing childhood obesity. Eating plan and recipes included.

Behrmann, Barbara
THE BREASTFEEDING CAFÉ: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing
The University of Michigan Press, 2005

A series of stories detailing the wide range of experiences of breastfeeding mothers, The Breastfeeding Cafe explores the culture and realities of breastfeeding while offering valuable insights to all breastfeeding women. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, March-April 2006.)

Bengson, Diane
HOW WEANING HAPPENS
LLLI, 1999

Written by an LLL Leader, HOW WEANING HAPPENS includes the personal experiences of mothers who have weaned in a variety of ways. It covers the kinds of questions parents have about natural weaning, explains how weaning can be accomplished at various ages, what to do if weaning is necessary for medical reasons, how to handle pressure from others, how mothers feel about weaning, and what to do if weaning isn't going well. Above all, it reassures parents that weaning is a natural developmental process. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept.-Oct. 1999.)

Bumgarner, Norma Jane
MOTHERING YOUR NURSING TODDLER
LLLI, rev. ed., 1999

Practical, reassuring, informative, and supportive book for the mother of a nursing toddler. Emphasizes meeting child's needs. Discusses importance of breastfeeding relationship, natural weaning, temporary changes in lifestyle, society's expectations vs. child's and family's needs. Written by an LLL Leader. (Revised edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, July-Aug 2001.)
Available in English, French, and German.

Colburn-Smith, Cate & Andrea Serette
MILK MEMOS: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Buisness with Babies and How You Can, Too!
Tarcher/Penguin, 2007

This unique guide to balancing motherhood and employment comes right from the pages of journals that were kept by a group of breastfeeding women during their time spent in their company’s lactation room. Actual journal entries are blended with information to support and help moms. Issues addressed by the authors include child care options, getting enough sleep, finding a place to pump at work, and managing workloads.

Cox, Sue
BREASTFEEDING WITH CONFIDENCE
Finch Publishing, 2004

This book is a revised edition of a previously approved book titled Breastfeeding -- I Can Do That. Provides straightforward advice from one of Australia's leading lactation educators and includes tips for common difficulties and reassuring stories from breastfeeding mothers.

Eiger, Marvin & Sally Olds
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING
Workman, 3rd ed. 1999

This updated edition thoroughly explains and explores nursing. Encouraging, positive and complete, logically organized. Includes chapters on the father's role, diet, beauty and nutrition, as well as information about nursing multiples, preemies and other special situations.

Flower, Hilary
ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING: Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy and Beyond

LLLI, 2003
The first full-length book on the subject of tandem nursing provides comprehensive answers to a wide range of questions related to breastfeeding during pregnancy and nursing siblings. Flower shares her thorough understanding of what we know and what we can surmise on these important topics based on a great reservoir of mother wisdom, including stories of over 200 mothers from around the world. Additionally, she provides an extensive review of medical research and many discussions with experts in the fields of nutrition, obstetrics, and anthropology. (Featured in NEW BEGINNINGS May-June 2003.)

Gotsch, Gwen
BREASTFEEDING PURE AND SIMPLE
LLLI, rev. ed., 2000

Provides new mothers with a basic introduction that will guide them through the early months of their nursing relationship. Clear, straightforward text combined with lots of photos makes this book inviting and easy to read. Revised edition includes new information on newborn jaundice and treatment of inverted nipples. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 1993.)
Available from LLLI in English and Spanish

Gromada, Karen
MOTHERING MULTIPLES: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More!
LLLI, 3rd ed., 2007

“Can I breastfeed twins?” “How will I coordinate nursing triplets?” “Will my body produce enough milk for quadruplets?” Many mothers of multiples find themselves asking these questions. The simple answer: Yes! In this third revised edition of Mothering Multiples, author Karen Kerkhoff Gromada offers valuable information with an emphasis on breastfeeding and attachment-style parenting. All aspects of caring for multiple babies are addressed, including possible complications of pregnancy, preparing for a multiple birth, coping with newborns who might need to spend time in a NICU, establishing a milk supply for multiple babies, adjusting as a couple, and caring for toddler multiples.

Hale, Thomas and Ghia McAfee
A MEDICATION GUIDE FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS
Pharmasoft, 2005

This resource offers basic information that mothers can understand. Using the latest research to rate the safety of each drug, the authors provide easy-to-understand explanations of how drugs enter human milk and possible side effects. Common herbs for breastfeeding mothers, re c reational drugs, and some medical conditions are also discussed.

Huggins, Kathleen
THE NURSING MOTHER'S COMPANION
Harvard Common, 6th ed., 2005

This book provides guidance on all breastfeeding-related issues, plus easily referenced "survival guides" to help moms quickly identify and resolve problems at different stages of the breastfeeding relationship.

Huggins, Kathleen & Linda Ziedrich
THE NURSING MOTHER'S GUIDE TO WEANING
Harvard Common Press, 2007

Many breastfeeding mothers express concerns about weaning when their babies are just a few weeks old. This book explores all aspects of weaning, starting with historical aspects and ending with weaning a child over three and life after weaning. Offers practical and helpful advice that respects the needs and feelings of both mother and child.

Humphrey, Sheila
THE NURSING MOTHER'S HERBAL
Fairview Press, 2004

The Nursing Mother's Herbal is a comprehensive book that addresses nearly all aspects of breastfeeding. Written in a warm, engaging manner, this book is well researched and accurate in its information about breastfeeding and the use of herbs and natural remedies. Although it is written directly to the nursing mother, Leaders and health care professionals will also benefit tremendously from this unique lactation resource. Prescription of specific remedies goes beyond a Leader's realm; mothers should consult with a qualified practitioner. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 2004.)

Johnson, Claudia
MOMS, BABIES, AND BREASTFEEDING: What Resilient Mothers Know About Making Breastfeeding Work
1st Books, 2003

Using the stories of fourteen low-income mothers who were able to overcome great difficulties, this book offers encouragement to others to keep pursuing the loving and gentle breastfeeding relationship between mother and child.

Kippley, Sheila
BREASTFEEDING AND NATURAL CHILD SPACING
Sheila Kippley, 5th ed. 2008

This informative book  explores an aspect of breastfeeding often misunderstood and underrated--its contraceptive effect. With factual information based on scientific research and personal experience, the author explains the difference between "ecological" and "cultural" breastfeeding and how each method affects fertility.

Kippley, Sheila
THE SEVEN STANDARDS OF ECOLOGICAL BREASTFEEDING
Sheila Kippley, 2008

Mothers average 14 to 15 months without menstruation after childbirth when they breastfeed according to the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding. The author analyzes the research and focuses on the seven mothering behaviors that define ecological breastfeeding. This form of baby care is the gold standard of going for the green. It is eminently healthy for mother and baby and will save parents many times the small cost of this life-changing book.

La Leche League International
THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING
LLLI, 7th ed., 2004

This classic guide to breastfeeding reflects current research while maintaining its trademark style of mother-to-mother sharing. The language in this edition reflects a gentle shift toward breastfeeding as the norm. Updated references and resource lists provide mothers with the tools needed to make informed decisions about birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. (Fifth edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1992.)
Available from LLLI in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, and Polish

Lang, Sandra
BREASTFEEDING SPECIAL CARE BABIES
Balliere Tindall, 2nd rev. ed., 2002

Updated edition of previously approved book.
A complete guide to life with a baby who needs special care in the hospital. It begins with a discussion of why breast milk is so important for these babies and covers what both mothers and babies experience during the hospital stay, including solutions to many common problems. It is well-indexed and very helpful to anyone supporting a mother and her child in a special care situation. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Oct-Nov 2000.)

Mohrbacher, Nancy and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
BREASTFEEDING MADE SIMPLE
New Harbinger, 2005

In this easy-to-use resource, the authors share seven basic principles of breastfeeding that can help mothers dramatically increase their likelihood of success and make breastfeeding the enjoyable experience it should be. Common problems and special situations are addressed and the implications of social, psychological and cultural reasons why breastfeeding is not the norm are also discussed.

Moran, Elaine
BON APPÉTIT BABY
Diane Publishing Co., rev. ed., 2005

Meant to be used for the first six weeks of a baby's life, this "Breastfeeding Kit" for the new breastfeeding mother is filled with supportive and succinct breastfeeding information. The journal section includes feeding and diaper count charts. It has especially good information on the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby, knowing if your baby is getting enough milk, and dehydration. It would be valued by the mother who wants a sense of order or reassurance that breastfeeding is going well for her baby or herself. Although the book generally agrees with LLLI information, Moran states that 10% weight loss in the first few days is normal, whereas LLLI suggests 5-7%. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Mar-Apr 2001.)

Neifert, Marianne
DR. MOM'S GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING
Plume, 1998

Marianne Neifert shares her experiences as a pediatrician, lactation specialist and mother of five in this thorough guide to breastfeeding. In contrast with the focus in THE WOMANLY ART on the normal course of breastfeeding, the author's focus is the causes, treatment and prevention of breastfeeding problems. Generous with her personal opinions, there are several instances where her observations depart from La Leche League experience and practice. Nonetheless, she is very supportive of La Leche League and her enthusiasm for breastfeeding is sincere and inspiring.

Newman, Jack and Teresa Pitman
DR. JACK NEWMAN'S GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING
HarperCollins, 2000

Newman focuses on the causes, treatment, and prevention of breastfeeding problems, and provides a useful reference for breastfeeding counselors. There are some disagreements with LLLI information particularly involving treatment of sore nipples with an "all-purpose ointment" and preference for the cross-cradle hold.

Newman, Jack and Teresa Pitman
THE ULTIMATE BREASTFEEDING BOOK OF ANSWERS
Prima Publishing, 2000

American edition of Dr. Jack Newman's Guide To Breastfeeding (See above) Reviewed in LEAVEN, June-July 2001.

Nice, Frank J.
NONPRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR THE BREASTFEEDING MOTHER
Hale Publishing, 2007

This reference will help breastfeeding moms make safe decisions regarding the use of common nonprescription medications. Complete, easy-to-read descriptions of more than 1400 medications and their relative risk to a breastfeeding mother make this a must for all breastfeeding mothers and the health care providers who work with them.

Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia
BREASTFEEDING THROUGH PREGNANCY AND BEYOND
Nursing Mother's Association of Australia, rpt. 2001

A fresh look at tandem nursing. This pamphlet covers questions a nursing mother may have about how continuing to breastfeed through pregnancy may affect her unborn baby, her breastfeeding child, and herself. Beautiful photographs of nursing children and mothers' stories make this a valuable resource.

Pryor, Gale
NURSING MOTHER, WORKING MOTHER
Harvard Common Press, 2007

Mothers who combine breastfeeding with working will find this an immensely helpful and reassuring book. The author includes practical information on planning for and returning to employment; clear, concise tips on breastfeeding; pumping, storing, and transporting milk; and possible alternatives to full-time employment such as job sharing, working from home, and staying home full-time. The book suggests numerous ways mothers can build and maintain closeness with their babies in spite of separation.

Pryor, Karen & Gayle
NURSING YOUR BABY
Collins, 4th ed. 2005

For more than 40 years, mothers have depended on the wisdom and warmth of Nursing Your Baby. Now authors Karen Pryor and Gale Pryor have revised and updated their classic guide for today's generation of women.  Includes new information on the health benefits of breastfeeding, tips for employed mothers, legal rights of breastfeeding mothers, choosing a breast pump, and the father's role in supporting a new mother. 

Renfrew, Fisher, and Suzanne Arms
BESTFEEDING: How to Breastfeed Your Baby
Celestial Arts, 3rd ed., 2004

This guide combines extensive research and hands-on experience to create an extraordinary resource for the breastfeeding mother. Complete with detailed photos and drawings to illustrate important aspects of breastfeeding such as proper positioning, latch-on, and milk expression, Bestfeeding is designed to give the mother confidence -- before baby's birth, during the first few days of the breastfeeding relationship, and while mother is learning to integrate breastfeeding into every day life. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 1990.)

Rubin, Stacey
THE ABCS OF BREASTFEEDING: Everything a Mom Needs to Know for a Happy Nursing Experience
Amacom Books, 2008

This practical and reader-friendly guide will help every mother feel comfortable and confident about breastfeeding her baby. Read about finding a breastfeeding-friendly health care provider, following baby’s cues to know when he’s hungry, breastfeeding and employment, preventing common breastfeeding problems, and more.

Ryan, Regina Sara and Deborah Auletta, RN, CLE
BREASTFEEDING: Your Priceless Gift to Your Baby and Yourself
Hohm Press, 2005

A concise book that cites 20 reasons why breastfeeding is a "priceless gift" to babies, mothers, families, and society. Illustrated with beautiful photos of nursing babies, this book is a useful resource for all who want to encourage mothers to breastfeed.

Sears, Martha and William
THE BREASTFEEDING BOOK
Little, Brown, 2000

The Breastfeeding Book is the newest addition to the Sears Parenting Library. The book is easy to read and thoroughly indexed. Dr. and Martha Sears cover everything from the basics of breastfeeding, such as how to get the baby to latch on properly, father's role, working and breastfeeding, toddler nursing, and weaning. The authors' logical step-by-step approach is honest and realistic, and makes this a very accessible reference. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Feb-Mar, 2001.)

Spangler, Amy
AMY SPANGLER'S BREASTFEEDING BOOK
Self-published, 7th rev. ed., 1999

This easy-to-read presentation on the basics of breastfeeding contains detailed illustrations of breast physiology, latch-on, and various baby holds, including those useful in special situations. A good resource for employed breastfeeding mothers and useful for parents without access to an LLL Group or breastfeeding classes. Readers should refer to LLLI resources for our current recommendations on milk storage and jaundice.

Spangler, Amy
BREASTFEEDING: Keep It Simple
Amy's Baby, 2004

Using a question and answer format, this short book uses simple language to provide information on how to breastfeed a baby. Breastfeeding: Keep It Simple is divided into short sections addressing the questions that new parents frequently ask, with the most important points highlighted for easy reference. The clear instructions will be reassuring to new or expectant mothers who are nervous about breastfeeding.

Tamaro, Janet
SO THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE FOR: BREASTFEEDING BASICS
Adams, 2nd ed., 1998

A light-hearted and humorous look at breastfeeding in contemporary society, full of factual information and down-to-earth answers to the universal questions breastfeeding mothers ask. LLL does not agree with the author's warning not to let a baby over six months old fall asleep at the breast or her statement that HIV, tuberculosis, or hepatitis B prevent a woman from breastfeeding. (First edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1997.)

Wiggins, Pamela
BREASTFEEDING: A Mother's Gift
LA Publishing, 1996

A short, easy-to-read, positive guide to breastfeeding. A good choice for the first-time mother or the mother planning to breastfeeding for the first time.

Wiggins, Pamela
WHY SHOULD I NURSE MY BABY?
LA Publishing Co., 3rd ed., 2005

Using question and answer format, this book addresses common problems and gives practical information about the early days of breastfeeding.  Recommendations on the use of hormonal contraceptives while breastfeeding disagree with those of LLLI.  Spanish and French editions differ slightly from the English version.

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