Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a learning curve. And certainly, there are a ton of books available on the topic. Though as someone who has not only breastfed herself, but also helped hundreds of new mothers breastfeed, I’ve read more than a few books available. So, to help you figure out which of the books best suits your needs, I’m listing a few of my favorites in these affiliate links.
This book is a newer book written by a veteran Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Nancy Mohrbacher has a long history of writing and teaching for new mothers. Her works are well known and her style is evidence-based and straightforward. This is very obvious in her seven natural laws. I’ve long said that new moms want a formula, a plan for breastfeeding. These laws work to provide you the structure you need to have a successful nursing relationship, no matter how you define that.
You’ve heard of this book before – it’s the one everyone recommends. This classic book deserves a spot on my list for lots of reasons. This is one of the first breastfeeding books made available to women ever. This has earned it a great spot in history. I love the history of the book and it has a lot of great information. Though it also has a lot of philosophical information on breastfeeding and parenting as well. This might be something you love, or it may wind up being clutter if you simply need a quick answer.
Another book that has withstood the test of time. I love this book for the fact that it answers so many questions and in a time frame based manner. For example, if you have sore nipples with a newborn, it’s probably caused by a poor latch. If you have sore nipples with a six-month-old, it might be caused from teething. This book lays the information out in an easy to access format that provides the right answer at the right time. It also has a great section on returning to work.
If you want a more narrative book with a very easy going style, Ina May’s guide will be your best bet. This is a loved book by many from a midwife who has helped lots of breastfeeding women. There is an emphasis on the natural lifestyle and that makes it popular with people who tend to live like that.