Breastfeeding | 6 August 2019
Here are 5 breastfeeding books recommended by IBCLC & Infant Feeding Specialist Shel Banks and IBCLC & Tongue-tie Specialist Sarah Oakley:
THE POSITIVE BREASTFEEDING BOOK: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO FEED YOUR BABY WITH CONFIDENCE BY AMY BROWN
Synopsis – The Positive Breastfeeding Book cuts through the anecdotes, giving you clear, no-judgement, non-preachy, evidence-based information to help you make the right decisions for you and your baby. It will help you understand how breastfeeding works, and supports you in developing strategies to make sure that whilst you’re looking after the baby, you’re getting taken care of too. Jam-packed with everything you ever wanted to know about breastfeeding (and a whole lot you never knew you did!), it will take you through tips for planning for your baby’s arrival, coping with those early months, and knowing what to do and where to seek help if challenges come up. It will guide you through feeding in public, going back to work, and even rediscovering a glass of wine.
YOU’VE GOT IT IN YOU: A POSITIVE GUIDE TO BREAST FEEDING BY EMMA PICKETT
Synopsis – You may be worried about breastfeeding and worried that it might ‘not work’. This is a common feeling when you live in a society where breastfeeding is often sabotaged by incorrect information, patchy support from a stretched health service and powerful messages from formula companies. But it’s not a feeling that is entirely logical. We are mammals. We get our name from the dangly milk-producing bits. It defines us. Emma wrote this book because she would like you to be as well-prepared as possible. She would like you to breastfeed for as long as you want to and as happily as possible. Some of this new life with baby will be about flexibility and responsiveness and acceptance. If you are used to a world of schedules and decisions and goals, it may be a bit of a shock. Learn about human biology before you think it sounds bit too scary. Babies are the products of millions of years are evolution and we are too, if we can just tap into our instincts and trust them a little bit. Success comes when we tap into those instincts and when we know when to get help when our instincts aren’t answering all of our questions. Can everyone who wants to breastfeed make it work? No. It may not work out for every single person. Not everyone may be able to exclusively breastfeed due to medical issues. Most of these people can give their baby breastmilk though and I’ll talk this through as well. And let’s not start this journey by imagining you’ll be someone who won’t make it.
BREASTFEEDING UNCOVERED: WHO REALLY DECIDES HOW WE FEED OUR BABIES? BY AMY BROWN
Synopsis – Across the world mothers are urged to breastfeed, but in Western society many find this a difficult task. Those who stop can feel demoralised and unsure as to why such a desired, encouraged and biologically normal behaviour can appear so challenging in reality. Breastfeeding Uncovered examines why this continues to happen, revealing how complex social and cultural messages work against new mothers, damaging the normal physiology of breastfeedingand making it seem unmanageable. Dr Brown removes the focus from the mother and instead urges society to rethink its attitude towards breastfeeding and mothering and instead to support, encourage and protect mothers to feed their babies. This book is for anyone who has ever struggled with breastfeeding, supported new mothers or just wondered what all the fuss is about. Most of all it is a must read for anyone who has ever thought a breastfeeding mother should cover up, or feed her baby elsewhere.
SUPPORTING SUCKING SKILLS IN BREASTFEEDING INFANTS BY CATHERINE WATSON GENNA
Synopsis – Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, Third Edition is an essential resource for healthcare professionals working with new mothers and infants. Using a multidisciplinary approach, it incorporates the latest research on infant sucking and clinical strategies to assist infants with breastfeeding. With an emphasis on skills, it focuses on normal sucking function in addition to difficulties based in anatomical, cardiorespiratory, neurological, or prematurity issues. Completely updated and revised, the Third Edition explores new clinical strategies for facilitating breastfeeding, more conditions, and the latest guidelines. Throughout the text, numerous photos make techniques and recommended strategies easier to understand and replicate.
DR. JACK NEWMAN’S GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING (UPDATED EDITION) BY DR JACK NEWMAN
Synopsis – Breastfeeding is the natural and healthy way to nourish your baby, yet it’s not always easy. New mothers need practical information about getting off to a good start and solving breastfeeding challenges. Health professionals need this information too, because it is rarely taught in medical school. Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding covers the most common problems and questions that mothers encounter: How do I help my baby to get a good latch? How can I know if my baby is getting enough milk? How can I help him get more? Can I avoid sore nipples? Will my medication affect my baby? How do I fit breastfeeding into my life when I’m so busy? The answers are here. Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman (co-author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding) are two of the world’s foremost lactation experts and have helped tens of thousands of new mothers find solutions that work. In this comprehensive guide, they share the most current information about breastfeeding and provide new, effective strategies and solutions to make breastfeeding work for you.