December 17, 2019

Best Books for Breastfeeding

Adrienne Gobe shares her research on the best books for breastfeeding. These books can be a resource as you prepare for and are troubleshooting during your breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is a relationship, it has to work for both you and your child. And most importantly, your worth is not measured in ounces!

If you are like me, then you wanted to know everything about becoming a parent. I went to hours of birthing classes, read books about delivery, talked to my friends, read blogs about what baby items are must-haves. What I was not prepared for was breastfeeding.

The teacher of my birthing class was also a lactation consultant, so during a break I approached her discuss my worries about breastfeeding. I had a breast reduction surgery when I was very young. The surgeon had not talked to me about breastfeeding. The teacher told me to “wait and see what happens” when I give birth. I trusted her knowledge. I would wait and see. In the meantime, I learned about breastfeeding positions, hunger cues and counting wet and dirty diapers.

When my daughter was born, the lactation consultants in the hospital were supportive, but my prognosis for being able to breastfeed my daughter was not good. They talked to me about oral anatomy, scar tissue, engorgement. I listened, but had just given birth the day before. I was groggy and on pain medication because I sustained a grade three tear. I wish I had been educated on all these things prior to now. So much of my energy was preparing for birth, but now that was done, I was supposed to breastfeed blissfully for one year, right?

The looks in the providers eyes were clear, I could try to breastfeed, but I wouldn’t make much milk due to my surgery. They didn’t have the heart to tell me. So, with tired bloodshot eyes, I read everything I could to learn about breastfeeding. So, what are the best books for breastfeeding?

1. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

This is basically your breastfeeding Bible. I was originally turned off by the name, but it is full of the information passed on from generation after generation that many of us missed out on from our mothers. It covers typical breastfeeding progression and issues, it has chapters on oversupply, low supply, how to increase milk production, positioning, nursing multiples, and much more! It’s a must have for breastfeeding parents.

2. Dr Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding

Dr Jack Newman is a Canadian physician and his website and books are wonderful resources for the breastfeeding parent. This book offers not only the author’s personal experience with his wife breastfeeding their children, but also his medical expertise as a physician.

3. Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery

This was a very important book for me, since I had a breast reduction surgery. It’s got great information for anyone who has had breast surgery including mastectomy, lumpectomy, and augmentation. The main idea with this book is really a good message for all breastfeeding parents: being successful with breastfeeding doesn’t always have to mean exclusive breastfeeding. It reinforces that the breastfeeding parent’s worth is not measured in ounces and helps to support a healthy breastfeeding relationship in many different forms.

4. The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RN

This book is helpful for breastfeeding parents to understand how to maximize their production throughout their breastfeeding journey. It covers tips for returning to work, nursing multiples, and helps you understand underlying reasons you might not be making enough milk.

And just remember, your worth is not measured in ounces

Over the last two years I have read and met with many healthcare providers to help me in my breastfeeding journey. I am successfully tandem nursing my 2 year old and my 4 month old. I mostly wish I had learned this in preparation for breastfeeding, rather then when I was in the throws of being a new parent. My hope is that these books can be a resource for you as you prepare for and are troubleshooting during your breastfeeding journey. Remember to reach out to your healthcare providers, lactation consultants, and even your pelvic therapists, to help support you in your breastfeeding journey! We want to support our breastfeeding parents reach their goals related to many things, including breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a relationship, it has to work for both you and your child. And most importantly, your worth is not measured in ounces!

-Adrienne Gobe, PT, DPT, WCS

Adrienne Gobe, PT, DPT, WCS, received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her Clinical Doctorate from Northwestern University. She is pursuing her COMT through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy. She received her Board Certification in Women’s Health in 2017, and has taken extensive coursework through the Herman and Wallace institute for pelvic health. She will sit for the PRPC next year. Adrienne lives in Austin Texas with her partner, their two kids, and their pets, Baxter and Abra.

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