AUDIO TAPES AND CDs
AROUND THE WORLD IN SONG
A delightful arrangement of folksongs from 15 different countries including Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan and Israel. With catchy and easy-to-learn tunes, this collection is ideal for children ages six and up.
BIRTHING: Making the Right Choices
Designed to help expectant parents choose the birth they want from among the many options. Four audio tapes discuss birth attendants, locations, classes and methods of childbirth, pain medications, anesthetics and cesarean birth. The program covers factual information, historical background, advantages and disadvantages, questions to ask, organizations to contact, and guidelines for decision-making. 2 1/2 hours.
BREASTFEEDING AND RETURNING TO WORK
Provides new mothers with the facts they need in order to make an informed decision about returning to work while breastfeeding. Includes commentary from health professionals and real breastfeeding mothers. Discusses the benefits of continued breastfeeding, how a mother can plan her return to the workplace, how a mother can talk to her employer, and answers to common questions. 2 minutes.
BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY
William and Martha Sears
This handy audio tape with accompanying booklet is perfect for the expectant and new mother who wants a quick, easy introduction to breastfeeding. One side of the tape encourages women to breastfeed and offers suggestions for common problems and questions. The other side provides a relaxation program which helps to dispel tension and anxiety, both of which can inhibit the flow of breast milk. Created with the help of Dr. William Sears, Dr. Len Bewerdorf, and LLLI. Produced by Medela.
BREASTFEEDING’S NUMBER ONE QUESTION
Milky Way Press, 2000
An audiobook every first-time mother should hear! Morgan, a La Leche League Leader and IBCLC, covers the baby’s first week of life and addresses many questions a parent might have about getting baby off to a good start and about adequate milk intake. Seven-day urine and stool output tracking chart included. Morgan provides accurate breastfeeding information and also stresses that breastfeeding is more than just food; it’s also a way of soothing and nurturing a child. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, March-April 2002.)
BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM IN CHILDREN
Dr. Louise Hart
Emphasizes the role parents play in their children’s self-esteem. Communication between parent and child shapes the child’s behavior, attitude and manner in which they communicate with others. Explains stresses of family life and offers ways to reduce them.
DADDIES SING GOOD NIGHT–A Father’s Collection of Sleepytime Songs
This collection of lullabies takes on a different spin, as they are all performed by men who are both fathers and musicians.
DISCIPLINE: KIDS ARE WORTH IT!
Advocates treating your child with dignity and respect. Suggests that the way to discipline children is to show them what they have done wrong, give them ownership of the problem and ways to solve it, and leave their dignity intact. Helps parents accept a teen’s self-expression while knowing when to intervene.
EARTH MOTHER LULLABIES
Gentle, international harmonies help you and your baby drift off to sleep. Volume 1 includes 10 lullabies from diverse cultures–Ethiopian, Aboriginal, Icelandic, Iroquoian, Russian, and Latin American. Volume 2 contains lullabies of the African American, Irish, Swedish, South African, and Slovakian cultures. Volume 3 includes lullabies from England, Poland, Spain, Norway, Germany, Nigeria, and the USA. Lyrics are included. 3 Volumes.
ENJOY SUCCESSFUL PARENTING
This full-length tape, based on the book of the same title, offers practical strategies to help parents create an enjoyable atmosphere in their family by sending the right messages to their children. 6 hours.
GETTING STARTED WITH BREASTFEEDING
Helpful for all mothers who want to learn the basics of breastfeeding, this video includes tips for breastfeeding parents, techniques for getting baby to the breast, positioning, and how to tell if baby is getting enough milk. From the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition. 10 minutes
THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
With the belief that babies often cry because they are born three months too early, this DVD, featuring Dr Harvey Karp addresses how to calm crying infants by using the automatic “off switch,” why infants can’t be spoiled, and simple steps to relax cranky infants and help them sleep. 38 minutes NOTE: Althought this video is approved, Dr. Karp’s book is not approved for inclusion in LLL libraries due to inconsistencies with LLL philosophy.
HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN & LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK
Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
The authors offer a parenting method that stresses listening to your child, dealing with feelings, finding alternative to punishment, and developing self-esteem.
INCREASING YOUR OWN SELF-ESTEEM
Dr. Louise Hart
Explores the reasons adults lose self-esteem and introduces methods to gain it back. Teaches “celebrating ourselves” and other techniques.
INFANT MASSAGE: Building Loving Communication
An audio tape that can be used to accompany and enhance the experience of massaging your baby. 75 minutes.
KIDS, PARENTS,AND POWER STRUGGLES
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
An audio book that addresses how parents can cope with the everyday challenges of raising a child. Includes helpful information and a unique approach to stopping power struggles and tantrums.
LETTING DOWN: Music for New Mothers
Wierzbicki, James & Betsy Feldman
A collection of gentle music dedicated to new mothers and their babies. Harmonic simplicity and restful rhythm are featured in the original compositions played on flute and synthesizer. Meant to soothe and relax but not put you to sleep.
LOVING YOUR CHILD IS NOT ENOUGH
This tape on positive discipline clearly illustrates the importance of being sensitive to a child’s feelings. Explains why punishment doesn’t work and offers ways to respond when you or your child is upset. 90 minutes.
Features folk songs about the spirited relationship between a mother and her child. Songs include “Birthmother,” “I Have Arrived,” “Thanks to Life,” and a song especially dedicated to La Leche League entitled “Mama’s Milk.”
ONE MORE PERSON TO LOVE
Written and produced by the same family who made Only My Mama, this CD contains more of the loving thoughts and feelings of families with nursing babies. Songs include: “I’m a Big Brother Now,” “Grammy Listens,” “Did You Nurse Your Momma to Sleep?” and more.
ONLY MY MAMA
Songs for families with nursing babies. This cassette honors mothers and babies, their unique relationship as a nursing couple, and the baby’s relationship to the family. songs include: “Baby First,” “Where’s the Baby?” “Three in a Bed,” and more.
OVERCOMING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION: A Doctor’s Own Story
Nightingale Rose, 1999
Dr. Nightingale presents a personal and professional account of postpartum depression: types, causes, risk factors, how to recognize it and above all, practical suggestions that new mothers can use each day to begin feeling better. She also offers ideas for physical and emotional healing and information useful for partners and counselors. Includes her own in-depth account of her own experience with postpartum depression. Her warm voice and positive, practical approach reinforce her message of hope and encouragement. (Running Time: Approx. 2 hours) (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 2001.)
A PREMIE NEEDS HIS MOTHER: The First Steps to Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby
Dr. Jane Morton demonstrates how to breastfeed a premature baby. The techniques of pumping, transitioning a premie from tube feeding to breastfeeding, and how to breastfeed successfully once baby is home from the hospital are all discussed in detail. 56 minutes.
A QUIET TIME FOR MOTHERS:Ways to Relax and Rejeuvenate
Includes easy-to-learn breathing and relaxing techniques to help rejeuvenate new mothers by helping to reduce anxiety and stress. 40 minutes.
RAISING A MAGICAL CHILD
Joseph Chilton Pearce
Explains why we see a breakdown in the educability of today’s children, how a lack of emotional nurturing, the elimination of play and storytelling add to this problem. Explains living in harmony with your child as he follows nature’s plan for the development of intelligence.
RAISING CAPABLE, CONFIDENT KIDS
Offers parents the keys to better relationships with their children. Parents will learn to encourage confidence and fill their children with self-esteem while learning how to accept themselves, dispel guilt, and became a “good enough” parent.
RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD (CD)
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Harper Collins, 1999
Kurckina’s popular book is now available on CD for those parents of spirited children who haven’t the time to sit down and read a book. Many of her ideas work well with all children. She shows great respect for children and their abilities and emphasizes the positive side of children who are simply “more,” helping us to bring out the best in them and in ourselves as well.
READ-ALOUD Q AND A
Answers the most common questions parents have concerning their children’s reading habits and abilities. Great companion to Turning On the Turned-Off Reader.
READING YOUR BABY’S BODY LANGUAGE
A creative and reassuring approach to helping parents understand their babies, interpret body language and recognize feeding cues. This book-on-tape includes basic information on establishing milk supply and determining if feedings are going well. CD or audio cassette, 60 minutes.
TRANSITIONS 1: SOOTHING MUSIC FOR CRYING INFANTS
TRANSITIONS 2: MUSIC TO HELP BABIES SLEEP
These recordings were developed by a physician, with the intent of helping babies sleep. The soft whooshing and whirring sounds of the womb are combined with mellow female vocal harmonies and breathing to produce a gentle and pleasant sound. 60 minutes each.
TURNING ON THE TURNED-OFF READER
Popular lecturer Jim Trelease lets listeners in on the secrets of making reading interesting and suggests that the parent’s role is to help the child want to read rather than making him read. 90 minutes.
THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING: An Audio Guide
An exclusive audio edition of LLLI’s best-selling book. This two-tape set offers a basic guide to breastfeeding, abridged from the 1987 edition of The Womanly Art.
VIDEOTAPES and DVDs
THE ART OF BREASTFEEDING
Discusses the benefits, techniques, and experience of breastfeeding. Mothers, fathers, and health professionals share their experiences with honesty, tenderness, and humor. Addresses many common concerns about the early weeks with a new baby. Produced by La Leche League Canada Francais; dubbed in English. 55 minutes.
BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING
Eagle Video, 1999
This program focuses on presenting the newest and best advantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby. Images of happy mothers and babies and their testimonials reinforce the message that breast milk is the superior infant food. Dr. Ruth Lawrence is the featured speaker. 21 minutes.
BREAST IS BEST
Health Info, 1994
This beautifully produced video program from Norway does an excellent job of presenting the advantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby. It also makes a strong case for mother-to-mother support and the important role of volunteer breastfeeding counselors. Information on breast shells is outdated. Milk that collects in breast shells should not be stored for future use. Depiction of spoon feeding is incomplete. Parents should seek assistance from a breastfeeding counselor when learning spoon or cup feeding. 35 minutes.
BREASTFEEDING: A Special Relationship
This warm, personal video covers topics such as breastfeeding positions, latch-on, engorgement, sore nipples, and returning to work. Designed for new, inexperienced parents, this video gives a realistic approach to breastfeeding your baby.
BREASTFEEDING AND BASKETBALL
Injoy Productions, 1998
Four good friends, three of whom are fathers of breastfed babies, talk informally about a father-to-be’s questions about breastfeeding. Factual information is presented in a casual style as the men prepare to play basketball. The language used is candid, including a slang term for breasts. 8 minutes.
BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY: A Mother’s Guide
Produced by Medela in cooperation with LLLI, this video tells the advantages of breastfeeding and gives expert advice on techniques. Drs. Jay Gordon and William Sears add their expertise, and celebrities give their testimonials on the best way to feed a baby.
BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY: Positioning
Excerpted from the Medela Video, Breastfeeding Your Baby: A Mother’s Guide. Presents positioning the baby at the breast and shows latch-on and nursing positions in detail. Available in English and Spanish.
Clearly demonstrates the ability of the newborn to initiate breastfeeding by crawling up the mother’s abdomen and latching on to the breast unassisted. Portrays the negative impact on breastfeeding caused by the separation of the mother and baby after birth and medication during labor. 6 minutes.
EXERCISE WITH DADDY AND ME
This workout tape helps men interact with a new baby by including him or her in a daily workout program. Exercises include warm-up, arm and ab workout with baby, and cool down stretches and infant massage. Also included are personal interviews revealing the ways other men have felt about becoming a new father.
THE EXPECTANT FATHER
Provides a wondrous look at fatherhood, as told by both celebrity and everyday dads. Produced for dads, by dads, this tape uses humor and wit to share the complicated task of being a father. This unique video helps answer questions and alleviate some of the fears that both new and experienced fathers may have. (LLLI is disappointed to see two toddlers shown with bottles.)
A HEALTHIER BABY BY BREASTFEEDING
Linda J. Smith
Stresses the emotional bond and health benefits of breastfeeding and tells how to get started, how to make plenty of milk, and how to get help if you have questions or concerns. Refers mothers to La Leche League. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, July-Aug 1994.)
KANGAROO MOTHER CARE: Rediscover the Natural Way to Care for Your Newborn Baby
A new video by Dr. Nils Bergman, Kangaroo Mother Care summarizes research and evidence to prove that the newborn, premature or not, thrives best in its natural place–on mother’s chest. This video addresses methods for practicing Kangaroo Mother Care while discussing the negative effects of mother/baby separation, the significance of skin-to-skin contact, and the importance of breastfeeding. 26 minutes.
LLLI 40TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY VIDEO
Celebrates the 40th birthday of La Leche League
MEDELA HAZELBAKER INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO
Demonstrates when and how to use the Hazelbaker FingerFeeder as a transitional tool for non-latching babies.
MEDELA SNS INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO
Provides visual step-by-step instructions for using the Medela Supplemental Nursing System.
THE MIRACLE OF LIFE
Takes you on an incredible journey through the human body as a new life begins. Viewers can actually see what happens from the moment of conception to the development of the embryo to the fetus, until finally, a baby is born.
ONCE UPON A POTTY VIDEO
Adorable cartoon video, based on the Once Upon a Potty book, helps children to better visualize what going to the potty is all about. Includes “The Potty Song” and a section for parents.
TEEN BREASTFEEDING: THE NATURAL CHOICE. Part 1: Why Breastfeed?
Injoy Productions, 1998
Provides a concise and friendly introduction to the topic of breastfeeding in a format that will appeal to young, single, or teenaged mothers. Uses a question/answer format. In contrast with the LLL approach, barrier and hormonal contraceptive methods are mentioned, but lactational ammenorrhea is not. 20 minutes.
WIN-WIN KIDS IN A WIN-LOSE WORLD
Dr. Louise Hart
A great teaching tape explaining the value of self-esteem, how to communicate love, building better listening skills, and how to build self-esteem in children. A terrific video for parents, teachers, and children.
WINNING AT PARENTING WITHOUT BEATING YOUR KIDS
Emphasizes the importance of using positive power instead of control. Employs humor while presenting the daily hassles of mealtime, bedtime, chores, and fighting. Also includes ways to buffer your kids from sexual promiscuity, drug abuse and suicide while helping them to grow in increased problem-solving skills and responsibility. Includes a guidebook to help you find the sections you’re most interested in. 2 hours.