World Breastfeeding Week: Resources for Breastfeeding

08/07/2006 at 08:00 AM ET

There are tons of great books out there but here are a few recommended ones.   

Wab_cover_mdThe Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International
This definitive guide to breastfeeding reflects current research whilemaintaining its trademark style of mother-to-mother sharing. Filledwith research along with personal stories from mothers, the seventhrevised edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding includes newexplanations of how the breast makes milk, details about effectivepositioning and latch-on, suggestions for using herbs and medicationsto increase milk supply, and more. Updated information provides motherswith the tools needed to make informed decisions about birth,breastfeeding, and parenting.

ThebreastfeedingbookThe Breastfeeding Book by Martha Sears and William Sears
Easy to read and thoroughly indexed, The Breastfeeding Book, by Dr. andMartha Sears covers everything from the basics of breastfeeding, fromhow to get the baby to latch on properly to toddler nursing andweaning. The "Consumer’s Guide to Breastfeeding Products" isinteresting as well as informative. Includes tips and interesting factsin sidebars throughout the text.

UltimatebreastfeedingbookofanswersUltimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman, MD and Theresa Pitman
Whether you’re on your first child or your fifth, this book is idealfor all mothers: those pregnant, those beginning to breastfeed, orthose wondering about weaning their toddler. The authors of thiscomprehensive guide provide valuable information including how toachieve good latch-on, what to do if a baby is refusing the breast,sore nipples and how to treat them, how breast surgeries can affectbreastfeeding, and ways to ensure a baby receives enough milk.

WhyshouldinursemybabyWhy Should I Nurse My Baby? by Pamela K. Wiggins
Using a question-and-answer format, this book addresses common problemsand gives practical information about the early days of breastfeeding,positioning, diet, working and breastfeeding, and breastfeeding aids.This easy-to-read, concise book is a wonderful introduction to thebasics of breastfeeding and remains a convenient reference as questionsarise.

091250052201_scmzzzzzzz_Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner
The classic handbook for mothers who breastfeed their children pastinfancy in an updated and expanded edition. Norma Jane Bumgarner putsthe experience of nursing an older baby or child in perspective, withinthe context of the entire mother-child relationship. She citesbiological, cultural, and historical evidence in support of extendedbreastfeeding and shares stories gleaned from thousands of families forwhom breastfeeding and natural weaning have been the norm.

NursingmotherworkingmotherNursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale  Pryor
Mothers who combine breastfeeding with working will find this animmensely helpful and reassuring book. The author includes practicalinformation on planning for and returning to employment; clear, concisetips on breastfeeding; pumping, storing, and transporting milk; andpossible alternatives to full-time employment such as job sharing,working from home, and staying home full-time. The book suggestsnumerous ways mothers can build and maintain closeness with theirbabies in spite of separation.

SothatswhattheyrethereforSo That’s What They’re For! by Janet Tamaro
A lighthearted and humorous look at breastfeeding in modern timesthat’s full of factual information and down-to-earth answers to theuniversal questions breastfeeding mothers have. This book speaksfrankly about possible changes in sexual relationships, offersoverwhelming support for the benefits of breastfeeding, helps mothersovercome their fear of nursing in public, and gives tips for continuingto breastfeed if you return to work.

We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This book presents breastfeeding asa natural part of life fo
r many different kinds of animals–and forhuman "animals," too. Large, bright pictures and short, simplesentences make this book ideal for the toddler in your life.

All of these books are available at the La Leche League International online catalog (members save 10%) but also at Amazon, and probably Barnes & Nobles, Borders and most bookstores.

Do you need help breastfeeding?  Contact these organizations to find a lactation consultant or a breastfeeding support group. 

International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA)

La Leche League International International
Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-525-3243
Taped Message: 900-448-7475 ext. 26


Newbeginnings_coverNew Beginnings – the magazine of La Leche League International
When you join La Leche League International ($40/year),you get a free subscription to what my favorite La Leche Leader Lizcalls, "a meeting in a magazine."  She’s so right- I love when the newissues arrive in the mail.  If you don’t want to join La Leche, you can also subscribe for $20 a year.  Check out the archives here.

MotheringmagazineMothering magazine
If you’re looking for a parenting magazinethat caters more to the attachment parenting philosophy, here’s yourmagazine.  Sometimes I find it’s a little too crunchy for me, but Ireally enjoy reading most of the articles.  They feature lots ofarticles about breastfeeding.  In fact, the July/August issue has agreat article about why we need a breastfeeding culture.  A one year bimonthly subscription is $23.

Have a question that can’t wait until morning?  Check out these great websites.

Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre featuring Dr. Jack Newman and Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC –
Breastfeeding legislation in the US –
American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement on breastfeeding –
Dr. Sears – –
La Leche League International –
Australian Breastfeeding Association – –’s Breastfeeding Your Child –
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action –
Mothering –

Do you have a resource to share?  Please post it in the comments.


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Jessica on

I was wondering when World Breastfeeding week is over, are you going to keep all the information on CBB. I am not currently pregnant, but when I am, I know that this would be extremely useful.

Catherine on

Compleat Mother magazine:
The Magazine of Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding

Vanessa on

I did not see a comment link for the extended breastfeeding article but I did want to ask a question and I thought here would be the next best place to post it. Is allowing the child to decide when they want to wean from the breast the same as allowing the child to decide when they want to potty train?

kristen on

What a great list of resources 🙂 Though most LLL leaders don’t want to get out of bed in the middle of the night, leaders are available 24/7 for a mama who really needs it! Just wanted to let everyone know that 😉

I have some basic breastfeeding info at

Vanessa: letting the child decide when they want to wean is usually called child-led weaning. I guess it would be similar to letting them decide when to potty train because you are following the child’s lead. But child-led weaning is letting your little one decide when they are finished with nursing, because breastfeeding is more than just getting food.

It’s a comfort for children and it’s a close bond between mother and baby. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for two years for the health benefits (nutrition, protection against disease). Of course those benefits continue along with the closeness and security the child gets.

Many families choose a child-led weaning approach with the mother guiding gently (if the mother wanted the child to wean for some reason, she might encourage the child to wean, but wouldn’t do an abrupt weaning).

I like to think of mother and child as a nursing pair and both contribute to the nursing relationship, and both help decide when it’s time to wean.