Breastfeeding is your first step toward nursing your new baby. Breast milk is and has been the perfect and most legitimate starter food for your baby. Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, breast milk is all you give your baby, apart from love and affection of course.
If you are new to motherhood, breastfeeding can be quite a task at hand. At the same time, it is the purest and the most emotional bond you will share with your new born.
You’ve watched mothers breastfeed their babies, in your family, on television, and have may be even read about it. However, it’s a whole different ball game altogether when it is your turn. There are probably a million questions running through your head, like ‘How do I hold my baby while breastfeeding?’ ‘How often should I breastfeed?’ ‘How much is enough and when do I stop?’
There’s probably a whole lot more where all this came from. Feel relieved because there are many professionals who have curated some the best breastfeeding guides for new mothers like you.
Here are 4 handpicked breastfeeding manuals that will help you get through this new and very important part of being a mother called breastfeeding.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin
This book is gifted with a 4.38 on 5 rating on good reads and can be your go-to, breastfeeding encyclopedia. The author of this guide, Ina May, addresses breastfeeding by sharing some of her own prior experiences. That’s why this guide tops the list as all you really need is some practical information to help you. From constructive advice, and medical know-hows, to real-life stories, this manual will clear the air about breastfeeding for you. Ina May descriptively touches upon every aspect of breastfeedings, such as the endless benefits of breastfeeding, nursing tools, and products, managing your work while you are nursing, medications that are required, sleeping patterns, weaning issues, neonatal sicknesses, and even nipple phobia.
About Ina May Gaskin: Ina May is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, in Summertown, Tennessee. As part of her career as a midwife, she has successfully made over 2200 births possible. She has also authored four editions of a book called Spiritual Midwifery, and she has addressed large audiences at various medical schools about childbirth and midwifery.
The Breastfeeding Answer Book by La Leche League International, Nancy Mohrbacher, and Julie Stock.
As the title of this manual itself suggests, The Breastfeeding Answer Book knows it all. This resourceful guide into the world of breastfeeding leaves nothing unrevealed. Everything from the function of breasts to multiple nursing techniques and weaning to vital medications has a special page allotted to it in the book. It provides you with enough information about breastfeeding pumps and other essentials as well. It also throws some light on new baby jaundice and how to deal with that.
About LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL: This league has to its arsenal, more than 7000 leaders from across 68 countries in the world. Professionals who are associated with this league also provide on-call consultations and offer fruitful advice on breastfeeding.
The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
This particular manual understands that breastfeeding is natural, yet it is not instinctive for new mothers. Kathleen has shared in this piece, things you need to know about nursing after a cesarean, breastfeeding post weaning, symptoms of postpartum, supplements for postpartum depression, co-sleeping, and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She also reviews breast pumps and, she talks about how you should express and store breast milk.
About Kathleen Huggins: Kathleen Huggins is a registered nurse with an M.A. in specialized perinatal care from The University of California in San Francisco. She has spent over 25 years looking after new born babies and mothers. She also provides a telephonic counseling service to mothers in distress with a Breastfeeding Warmline.
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman, Teresa Pitman
The authors of this comprehensive source of answers know that breastfeeding can be difficult. They intend to help new mothers overcome their fears and hesitations about breastfeeding. The latest and newest version of the Book of Answers will tell you all you need to know about acquiring a good latch and feeding a colicky baby. This book also describes what you probably should do if your baby refuses your breast, and how you can treat sore nipples. The guide discusses the methods and consequences of premature breastfeeding and how to cater to babies with special needs.
About John Newman and Teresa Pitman: Dr. John Newman and Teresa Pitman are leaders of the La Leche League. They have dedicated their medical careers to infant and mother care.