>> Thursday, October 8, 2009
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This week is World Breastfeeding Week in Canada. I thought in order to have a little celebration on my blog for it, I would give you a list of a few books that I think are great resources for breastfeeding. I will include books that are great for the new mom to read while pregnant and to reference with questions after the new baby arrives. I'm also going to include some books that would be nice to read to siblings before the new baby comes, especially if they have never seen mom nurse a baby before.
Breastfeeding Books for Mom (and dad too!):
Dr. Newman also has a website that you can reference for great advice even if you don't own the book. He has videos on the website that can really help if you are struggling with a proper latch as well.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding from La Leche League International was the first book I ever read regarding breastfeeding. When I was pregnant with my first child my mom gave me her copy to read. A lot has changed in the book from then until now (like no longer are they telling you to toughen up your nipples with a towel) but a lot is just the same as it was then. From this book I learned the most important advice any new mom can learn - rest, breastfeed and rest. Don't try to do it all. This is really important in those early days as doing too much can really have effect on your supply. I feel this is also a great book for dad's to read. They will learn a lot about what they can do to participate in the breastfeeding relationship and they will also learn how to be a good support to his wife when she is breastfeeding and things he can do to make it a little easier on mom.
Breastfeeding Made Simple also has a website you can check out to see if you would be interested in purchasing the book and you can find some great information right on the site if you need help today.
Books About Breastfeeding for Children:
So those are my books that I think are good to have at home if you are going to be nursing a baby now or in the future. What books do you think are helpful to other mom's that are going to breastfeed?