The following is a list of the best breastfeeding books for any mom no matter where she finds herself on her breastfeeding journey.
Whether you’ve never given birth, currently pregnant or expecting triplets there is a book for you on this list.
FYI: Breastfeeding is the healthiest, ideal way to feed your baby. If you are looking for books on formula feeding you will likely be unhappy with the information presented in the following books. The best way to maintain your milk supply is to feed on demand and be close to your baby, which many of these books state. If this will not work for you, you might not find these books working for you either. If you find a breastfeeding book that is geared more toward bottle feeding and supplementing with formula, please let me know! I’d love to add it to this list as I think many mothers would find it helpful.
If I had to recommend only pregnancy book resource, this book would be on it. Some of the focus of the book is on the history of breastfeeding which is so helpful and validating when women are wondering why breastfeeding is such a challenge.
The other portions of the book are “how-to’s” which is really helpful, especially in the beginning, when you’re trying to get a good latch. If you have time, check out the author’s videos online. They’re really helpful about showing you what a good latch looks like.
If you are planning on a natural childbirth, not formula feeding and staying home with your child instead of going back to work you will find this book very encouraging. If you are not doing those things, you might find this book to be a little biased in that direction. If you can look past that you will LOVE the information presented.
This book is affiliated with La Leche League International and will encourage you to take advantage of the in-person support that these smaller groups offer.
Lots of books talk about the benefits of breastfeeding (which this book does in length) but when they get to the actual “showing you what to do” a lot of mamas still feel confused. Not after reading this book!
The pictures of how to get your baby to latch and what to look for while they’re feeding to make sure they’re getting a good latch will be so incredibly helpful, especially when you’re sleep deprived and hormonal.
Hundreds of years ago women learned how to breastfeed by watching their family members, which sadly doesn’t happen anymore. I believe that this book is the next best thing!
If you are ok with that, then this book will be very helpful.
If you are looking for more of a woman-to-woman perspective, the book list below called Breastfeeding Triplets will give you a better idea of what to expect nursing a baby with special needs because it is written from a mother’s perspective.
This breastfeeding book one of many in the “Sears Library” (The Birth Book, The Pregnancy Book, The Vaccine Book, etc.). The Sears’ are well known for their attachment parenting style so if that is something that won’t work for you, you probably will be unhappy with this book.
I wouldn’t call myself an attachment parent, per say, but I do lean more toward mommy and baby friendly practices. Therefore, I LOVED this book. You can use it as a reference book, meaning you can look up almost anything and they’ll have an answer for you. However, it is interesting enough to read cover to cover.
If you are hoping to breastfeed but need some encouragement this book will definitely leave you feeling empowered!
Many women like this book better than other books because it is less “breastfeeding pushy” and covers additional topics such as pumping, bottle feeding, going back to work and medications in length whereas other books are not as detailed.
This book even has information about exercising while lactating, what to wear while breastfeeding and much more.
I think this book is an excellent companion to a reference style breastfeeding book.
Instead of spending time reading about why you should breastfeed, this book gets right to the point and tells you how.
I would definitely recommend reading this book before you give birth, as reading with a newborn becomes a bit more challenging.
Many women have found the section that discusses drugs and drug interactions to be extremely valuable.
After reading this book you will understand how your body produces breastmilk and how to get the most breastmilk pumped while you are away from your baby. If you are interested in HOW to keep breastfeeding despite being separated from your baby this book is for you. Unlike Nursing Mother, Working Mother this book focuses more on breastfeeding when you go back to work and less of your legal rights to do so.
One of my favorite things about this book is that it gives unique information to moms at different stages. For example, the advice for a mom going back to work at six weeks postpartum is going to be significantly different than 6 months postpartum.
This book is full of information about nursing, going back to work and maintaining the attachment with your baby. The thing is, when you are away from your baby it can be very difficult to maintain your milk supply and keep up with the demands of breastfeeding.
This book will guide you through the process of acquiring a place to pump at work (including all the legal mumbo jumbo to help you do just that), how to talk with your employer about your needs all while maintaining the close relationship with your child.
This book is geared more towards the white collar working mom that practices attachment style parenting.
Are you breastfeeding a child and recently found out you were pregnant? Has your doctor, friends or family told you to stop nursing child #1 while you prepare to have child #2? Are you totally confused? This book has your answer.
One of my favorite parts about this book is the stories of other women who have nursed while pregnant or tandem nursed their babies after birth. This section will be so encouraging to those who want to keep nursing their oldest but think it to be a daunting task.
I don’t think this book sugar coats tandem nursing as it explains what your struggles and joys might be. Also, it will help you weigh the pros and cons of weaning. This book is definitely will be helpful for the woman who finds herself in this scenario. Truly a one of a kind book!
While reading this book the one thing that stood out to me was that moms of multiples might start off breastfeeding a little in the early days, pumping a lot and maybe even supplementing with other kinds of milk but that typically they will work into full time breastfeeding as their babies get older.
Lots of moms might find the beginning really difficult, but if they stick to it they might find themselves breastfeeding their toddlers full-time! Knowing this at the start of a breastfeeding journey might help moms make more attainable goals.
For the women out there who are considering adoption or surrogacy and would like more information on breastfeeding this book is a one of a kind resource. We all know that breast milk is best, but how can you make that happen if you don’t give birth?
This book will explain the different methods that induce lactation, help you to choose one that will best fit your needs, which will hopefully begin your breastfeeding journey with your little one.