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Breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start in life! Breast milk is an amazing thing: it is a living, ever changing substance, full of everything a baby needs to grow and develop. Despite the efforts of scientists over the past few decades, no one has been able to exactly replicate what your body can produce so perfectly itself.

Breastfeeding doesn't come naturally to everyone. If you're struggling and need help or if you're pregnant and want to learn everything possible before starting to breastfeed, here are some suggestions for wonderful books full of information and support. Also, check out our Breastfeeding Cubby.

Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby
by Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, and Suzanne Arms
Paperback, 296 pages, published August 2004 by Ten Speed Press

Synopsis: Bestfeeding is an excellent book for new mothers wanting to breastfeed. Besides covering breastfeeding basics, Bestfeeding also deals with many of the difficulties than can arise. Perhaps its best feature are the clear pictures depicting both good and the less-than-perfect positionings of babies on the breast--very helpful for the inexperienced breastfeeding mom.

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The Breastfeeding Cafe: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing
by Barbara L. Behrmann; paperback - 328 pages, published February 2005 by University of Michigan Press

Synopsis: The Breastfeeding Café isn't a how-to manual on breastfeeding; instead, it offers a thoughtful forum for women to share their experiences with others. Approaching nursing as a feminist issue and one that is very important to child rearing, the book embraces the wide spectrum of women's experiences breastfeeding their children. Organized thematically and framed within a social and cultural context by a sociologist and former nursing mother of two, The Breastfeeding Café moves the subject of women nursing their children out from behind closed doors. A must-read for clinicians, breastfeeding consultants, and both new and expectant mothers who are curious about the nursing experience in all its variety.

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Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies
by Sheila K. Kippley
Paperback; Published September 1999, Couple to Couple League

Synopsis: Since the beginning of time, women all over the world have used breastfeeding to both nurture babies and space them about two years apart. However, in modern American culture the way we often breastfeed does NOT work to space children. This book explains why not, and how to get back to nature.

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The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
by William Sears M.D.
paperback, 288 pages, published March 2000 by Little Brown and Company

Synopsis: From America's foremost baby and childcare experts--the new breastfeeding biblefor nursing mothers. In recent years there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in breastfeeding as American women have discovered its unparalleled benefits to both mother and child. Yet first-time mothers often lack the support and the knowledge they need to breastfeed successfully. And books on breastfeeding frequently fail to address the practical challenges that confront many women (especially women who work outside the home)when they choose to breastfeed.

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The Complete Book of Breastfeeding
by Sally Wendkos Olds, Marvin S. Eiger
paperback, third edition, published March 1999 by Workman Publishing

Synopsis: Written by Dr. Marvin Eiger, a nationally known pediatrician and breast feeding authority, and Sally Wendkos Olds, an award-winning medical writer who nursed her own three children, it contains the latest information: Diet and nutrition, what to do before the baby arrives, exercise and fitness: plus wardrobe and beauty tips, successful breast feeding for the working mother, sexuality during the nursing period, expressing milk--a complete step-by-step guide, how to enlist the support of your husband, family, friends, and other nursing mothers. Plus expert advice on post-partum depression, positioning the baby for nursing, night feedings, drugs to avoid while nursing, colicky babies, nursing the premature baby, nursing in public, weaning, special situations and more!

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Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding: Complete Nutrition Book for Nursing Mothers, Including a Healthy Guide to Weight Loss Your Doctor Promised
by Eileen Behan RD
Paperback, Published 1992 by Villard Books

Synopsis: The author shows the nursing mom how to shed pounds and work on getting her figure back while keeping her child properly nourished and happy, with the revolutionary program she devised for herself in order to lose 52 pounds while nursing.

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Medications & Mothers' Milk: A Manual of Lactational Pharmacology
by Thomas W. Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Paperback, 12th edition, published March 2006 by Pharmasoft Medical Publishing

Synopsis: This the latest version of Dr. Hale's widely acclaimed book. Dr. Hale is an experienced clinical pharmacologist with many years of lecturing in all areas of pharmacology and therapeutics. He currently is considered a leading expert in the use of medications in breastfeeding women and travels world-wide lecturing on the topic of using medications in breastfeeding mothers. If you are concerned about certain medications and breastfeeding, this book can be your breastfeeding encyclopedia!

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Mothering Your Nursing Toddler
by Norma J. Bumgarner
Paperback, 308 pages revised edition, February 2000, by La Leche League Intl

Synopsis: If you're contemplating nursing past the first year, you'll find lots of invaluable advice and encouragement in this newly revised edition of a popular book. It has an extensive bibliography.

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The Nursing Mother's Companion
by Kathleen Huggins
Fifth Edition paperback, 336 pages, published March 2005 by Harvard Common Press

Synopsis: An updated version of the old classic, Huggins explains new developments in identifying infants at risk for underfeeding, tells how to make sure an infant is getting enough milk, and covers such common concerns as preventing sore nipples, dealing with night waking, and managing nursing while working. A rating of breast pumps and an appendix on drugs and their safety during breastfeeding are included.

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Nursing Your Baby
by Karen Pryor & Gale Pryor
Paperback, 480 pages, 4th edition, published June 2005 by Collins

Synopsis: For more than 40 years, mothers have depended on the wisdom and warmth of Nursing Your Baby. Now authors Karen Pryor and her daughter Gale Pryor have revised and updated their classic guide for today's generation of women. With its unique blend of support, science, and research, this classic guide will continue to encourage mothers to nurse their babies as long as they both desire.

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So That's What They're For!: Breastfeeding Basics
by Janet Tamaro
Paperback, 337 pages, 3nd edition, published June 2005 by Adams Media Corporation

Synopsis: Filling the gap left in a market glutted with dated or dry books on breastfeeding, So That's What They're For! lends support and encouragement to those wondering whether they sould try breastfeeding, for pregnant women who are sure they will breastfeed and for new moms who are having trouble and are considering stopping. With hilarious anecdotes and wonderful illustrations, this comprehensive guide offers a supportive, pragmatic view from the real world.

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Spilled Milk: Breastfeeding Adventures and Advice from Less-Than Perfect Moms
by Andy Steiner; paperback - 208 pages, published July 2005 by Rodale Books

Synopsis: In this perfect antidote to lactivist propaganda, award-winning writer Andy Steiner weaves together hysterical anecdotes and tips from the trenches to offer comfort and realistic advice to new nursing moms. Spilled Milk will help them understand that not all babies are going to get it right away, that breastfeeding can hurt even if you're doing it correctly, and that baring your breasts in public will actually become shamefully easy with time.

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The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers
by Jack Newman, MD and Teresa Pitman
Paperback - 352 pages, published November 2006 by Three Rivers Press

Synopsis: Although breastfeeding is the most natural and healthy way to nurture a baby, more than 80 percent of new mothers experience some form of difficulty during nursing. This comprehensive guide to every imaginable breastfeeding challenge--from sore breasts to insufficient milk supply--will inspire confidence in new moms and help them overcome their doubts and fears about nursing. You'll learn how to achieve a good "latch"--the essence of trouble-free breastfeeding, what to do when baby refuses the breast, and how to deal with sore breasts, cracked nipples, or breast surgeries.
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by La Leche League Internation
7th Rev Edition, paperback, 480 pages, May 2004

Synopsis: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a comprehensive resource guide providing just about everything you need to know about how--and why--to breastfeed your baby. Latch on to this book for step-by-step guides to early months, common concerns, problems, and weaning. Additional sections on general nutrition, sleep issues, going back to work, discipline, and fathering are useful for all breastfeeding mothers.

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