The Best Breastfeeding Books

Best books to read when deciding to breastfeed

Breastfeeding can be very scary and stressful for a lot of women. Most of the stories they hear about breastfeeding are usually horror stories and let’s not even go to the “tips” on how to prepare the nipples.  That is why we created this article with the Best Breastfeeding Books.

Most of the time, these “tips” are given by a family member that has more kids than the future mom or by just any random lady at the supermarket who swears her grandmother told her that if she did that one thing breastfeeding would be a breeze.

So, given all the facts presented before it’s no wonder why breastfeeding can be such a stressful topic for women.

Stress no more! Although some of these tips may be true, It’s proven that breastfeeding can be painless for the mom. It REALLY is possible. This is proven by scientific evidence and by thousands of mothers who breastfeed their babies every day without going through any pain.

It’s all about preparing before the moment arrives.

Attending a course on breastfeeding while pregnant can be very helpful. It can teach the mom-to-be how to hold the baby properly, the position the baby’s mouth needs to be in, and everything else she needs to learn before breastfeeding begins.

Many areas may not have breastfeeding courses yet or the courses may be too expensive -considering this is a moment in life where parents spend a lot of money buying baby essentials- thus making this not an option.

These and much more are the reasons why we prepared this article with the top 5 breastfeeding books available for moms-to-be.

Breastfeeding Made Easy

A Gift for Life for You and Your Baby by Carlos Gonzalez

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Breastfeeding made easy is the third book written by Spanish bestselling writer and pediatrician Dr. Carlos Gonzalez. He originally wrote this and his two previous books in Spanish but given the success of his books they have all been translated into English.

This book focuses on the hows of breastfeeding and any mother who is committed to breastfeeding should always have a copy in hand.

Pros

Focusses on HOW to breastfeed
Provides practical information to empower women who want to breastfeed
Encourages women to breastfeed for enjoyment of both themselves and their babies

Cons

Could be considered too basic


The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers

by Jack Newman M.D. and‎ Teresa Pitman
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This book is written by two of today’s most recognized lactation consultants. It focuses on helping new mothers overcome their fears, doubts, and practical concerns about one of the most special ways mothers can bond with their babies.

When reading this book mothers will find facts about breastfeeding and solutions for the common problems that arise. These problems could be:

  • Feeding a colicky baby
  • Achieving a good latch
  • Ensuring the baby gets enough milk
  • Breastfeeding premature and special-needs babies
  • What to do if the baby refuses the breast
  • Avoiding sore nipples

 

 

Pros

Gives mothers the full scoop on effectively breastfeeding their babies.
Provides information from the start of the journey, birth, breastfeeding various types of babies, all the way up to breastfeeding toddlers.
Has information about general breastfeeding questions, history, other cultures, taking medication while nursing, nurses, physicians, and hospitals lack of information about breastfeeding.

Cons

The writers give a lot of opinions that might feel offensive for some people


Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby

by Suzanne Arms, ‎Chloe Fisher, Mary Renfrew

For decades this book has been recognized as a go-to book for doctors, midwives, lactation consultants, and everyone interested in breastfeeding. It’s the culmination of 60-plus years of experience of three very dedicated authors.

This recently updated classic is a combination of academic knowledge, clinical expertise, and practical skills to educate first-time and experienced mothers alike.

Breastfeeding is a great reminder of what mothers have always known and that is that breastfeeding is the best way to nourish and forge a great relationship between mother and baby.

 

Pros

Contains an illustrated guide with more than 100 photos
Updated with new information on feeding multiple babies and adopted babies
Explains causes and solutions to numerous breastfeeding problems

Cons

Some people might consider this book too generic and rigid


Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple

by Nancy Mohrbacher
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This is a great book for working mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. The author writes about new concepts like “The Magic Number” which explains how to tailor the daily routine to the body’s response. It also talks about great pumping techniques that help mothers increase their milk production by up to 50%.

Whether the mothers’ maternity leave is long, short, or in between, this book includes all the information she will need to know every step of the way.

Pros

The book is written with evidence-based research
Great source of information on pumping, bottling and going back to work
It gives you a plan based on baby’s age when you return to work

Cons

This book is far too general and lacks concrete tips on specific topics


The Nursing Mother’s Companion – 7th Edition:

The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy through Weaning by Kathleen Huggins

This book has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for over 30 years, with over 1 million copies sold. It’s recommended by The International Lactation Consultant Association and by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

New parents also fall in love with it because of its encouraging and accessible style. The author makes sure to equip breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties in order to nurse their babies successfully starting from the first moments they see each other all the way through the toddler years.

Pros

Provides information on co-sleeping and SIDS
Teaches mothers how to cope with breastfeeding obstacles and challenges
Gives lots of practical information on common issues like dealing with pain and latching as well as less-talked about issues like thrush and mastitis.

Cons

Some people may find it very judgemental towards anything other than exclusively breastfeeding


So That’s What They’re For!: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide 3rd edition

by Janet Tamaro
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So that’s what they are for is an easy read. This book provides a lighthearted and humorous approach to a serious topic, it shares humorous stories and cheers mothers on.

Not only does it give pregnant women and new moms the confidence that they are capable of breastfeeding but it does it in a way that doesn’t guilt them into doing it.

Pros

Light hearted and humorous
Loved by critics

Easy read and leaves you feeling confident

Cons

Some people may not share the same sense of humor as the author


Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

by Nancy Mohrbacher

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ProductImageProsCons
Breastfeeding Made Easy: A Gift for Life for You and Your Baby· Encourages women to breastfeed for enjoyment of both themselves and their babies
· Could be considered too basic
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America, Revised & Updated Edition
· Provides information from the start of the journey, birth, breastfeeding various types of babies, all the way up to breastfeeding toddlers.
· The writers give a lot of opinions that might feel offensive for some people
Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby· Contains an illustrated guide with more than 100 photos

· Some people might consider this book too generic and rigid
Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple
· It gives you a plan based on baby's age when you return to work
· This book is far to general and lacks concrete tips on specific topics
The Nursing Mother's Companion - 7th Edition: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy through Weaning
· Provides information on co-sleeping and SIDS
· Some people may find it very judgemental towards anything other than exclusively breastfeeding

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