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
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 co-sleeping, nighttime nursing, and weight gain.
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.)
HOW WEANING HAPPENS
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.)
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.
ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING: Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy and Beyond
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.)
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.
Hale, Thomas and Ghia McAfee
A MEDICATION GUIDE FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS
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.
THE NURSING MOTHER’S COMPANION
Harvard Common, 5th ed., 2004
Problem-solving manual for new mothers with step-by-step solutions to many problems from latching-on difficulties to slow weight gain. Organized according to baby’s age; specific information is easy to find. The author’s recommendations differ in some areas including milk storage guidelines, “crying it out” as a possible solution to night waking, and starting solids. She also recommends medications, which is beyond the scope of the La Leche League Leader.
Huggins, Kathleen & Linda Ziedrich
THE NURSING MOTHER’S GUIDE TO WEANING
Harvard Common Press, 1994
Explores all aspects of weaning beginning with an historical survey of weaning practices and ending with weaning a child over three and life after weaning. Discusses reasons for weaning as well as reasons to delay weaning; offers practical and helpful advice that respects the needs and feelings of both mother and child. LLL does not endorse some breastfeeding management practices, particularly those discussed in Chapter 2, “Weaning before four months.” (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1995; LLL-recommended thrush treatments discussed in LEAVEN, July-August 1995.)
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.)
BREASTFEEDING AND NATURAL CHILD SPACING
Couple to Couple League, 4th ed. 1999
Updated and expanded edition of an important book which 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.
(Second edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, May-June 1989.)
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.
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.
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.)
DR. MOM’S GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING
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
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.
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.
NURSING MOTHER, WORKING MOTHER
Harvard Common Press, 1996
This book features clear, concise tips on breastfeeding, pumping, storing and transporting milk, enlisting support, and making the transition back to employment. Throughout the book the author emphasizes the importance of developing mothering instincts and attachment-style parenting, issues which are even more important for mothers who will be away from their babies for extended periods of time. The reader should consult LLLI resources for current recommendations on human milk storage, starting solids, and treatment for sore nipples. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1998.)
(Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1998.)
Pryor, Karen & Gayle
NURSING YOUR BABY
Pocket Books, 3rd ed. 1991
An updated version of the 1963 classic, this book covers topics such as the effects of drugs, alcohol, and caffeine on breastfeeding, relactation, working mothers. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Jan-Feb 1992.)
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.)
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.
WHY SHOULD I NURSE MY BABY?
LA Publishing Co., rev. ed. 1998
Using question-and-answer format, this book addresses common problems and gives practical information about the early days of breastfeeding, positioning, diet, working and breastfeeding, and breastfeeding aids. Photographs include women of color, appropriate for the intended audience of mothers belonging to cultural or economic groups with low breastfeeding rates. Recommendations of the use of hormonal contraceptives while breastfeeding disagree with those of LLLI. Editions in Spanish and French show some differences from the English versions.