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My Top 10 Books for IBCLCs and Other Lactation Professionals



I’ve been an IBCLC since 2007 and interested in human lactation long before that! So many resources out there and my bookshelf is packed! Thankfully moving toward Kindle copies as I purchase new books and I love being able to take my resources on the go. I have a few favorites that are always my go-to and many have had several edition updates since first published. The field of lactation is constantly changing as evidence-based practice evolves. As professionals, it’s so important to stay current and continually update our knowledge base. If you read my blog post “My Top 5 Resources for New Parents”, you’ll recognize some of these books and I love that they’re appropriate for parents and professionals! I have expanded the list to include my favorite classics that I refer to time after time!



1.     Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Professional – Comprehensive, evidence-based resource for issues beyond basic breastfeeding support


2.     Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants – The science of sucking is fascinating and I love the clinical strategies to support breastfeeding babies through all stages of lactation.


3.     The Breastfeeding Atlas – I’m very much a visual learner and, when studying for my first IBLCE exam in 2007, this was my go-to! I highly recommend for all exam candidates and you will continue to use as you practice.


4.     Making More Milk: The Breastfeeding Guide to Increasing Your Milk Production – This is a great guide overall and is my go-to for guidance on lab work investigation for low supply.


5.     Breastfeeding and Human Lactation – Packed with information and a great study resource for the IBLCE exam.


6.     Tongue Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Infant Feeding and More – Detailed, comprehensive and research-based to help you support families of babies with oral tethers.



8.     Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding: Best Practices in the Maternity Care Setting – a classic from 2008 but a must-read for hospital IBCLCs!


9.     Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures – The essential guide for supporting parents with a history of breast surgery


10.  Hale’s Medications and Mothers’ Milk – Regularly updated resource for information on safety of medications in lactating parents and babies.


Have fun reading and I hope you find something new to add to your collection! If you have another must-have resource to add, please share in comments!


Jennifer Gerard, APRN, FNP, IBCLC


Please note: This blog post includes Amazon affiliate links as a courtesy. If you purchase items through Amazon after following my links above, I earn 3-4% of the purchase price and your cost is the same.

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