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My Top 5 Books for New Parents

Pregnant woman reading a book

If you’re hungry for knowledge and want to be prepared for breastfeeding, there are excellent resources available. However, the parenting section of your local bookshop or favorite online retailer can be overwhelming and it seems just about anyone can publish a book but the advice given is not always great. Nothing can replace hands-on, personalized support from an experienced IBCLC but sometimes you just need a quick source.

Be careful when searching online as there is a wealth of incorrect (and sometimes dangerous) information out there. Everyone’s an “expert” so do your research and make sure your source is credible. There are a few books that I am comfortable recommending to new families that I have personally reviewed and all are written by experts in the field. One is my favorite general breastfeeding resource and the others are focused on specific populations or situations.


1.     Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers – The essential guide for breastfeeding in an easy-to-read format.


2.     Making More Milk: The Breastfeeding Guide to Increasing Your Milk Production – great tips for maximizing milk production including strategies to identify and manage underlying causes.


3.     Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery – You CAN successfully breastfeed or lactate after breast surgery and this book offers great tips to maximize success and realistic goal setting.


4.     Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances – A must read if you would like to make milk without pregnancy and birth!


5.     Tongue Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Infant Feeding and More – an invaluable resource if you want to take a deep dive into oral tethers and impact on lifelong health well beyond infant feeding!


If you have other resource suggestions that you found helpful, drop it in comments below. If you need individualized hands on support, I’m here for you! For any questions, please reach out and I’m happy to assist.


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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