The best breastfeeding books 📚

Browse the best books on breastfeeding as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of I Don't Know How She Does It: A Comedy about Failure, a Tragedy about Success

I Don't Know How She Does It: A Comedy about Failure, a Tragedy about Success

By Allison Pearson

Why this book?

I definitely preferred the book to the movie. Lots more character and lots more humour. This book kept me company during the dark hours of midnight breastfeeding and became my literary best friend during that time.

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The best books for parents with a sense of humor

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Book cover of The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business

The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business

By Gabrielle Palmer

Why this book?

This was the book that really opened my eyes to the power of marketing, and the impact this can have on the way babies are fed – in all countries of the world. It’s an absolute classic – a seminal work. It showed me how the infant formula industry (and increasingly the baby food industry in general) uses any tactics it can to influence and distort the dialogue around infant feeding. I was especially horrified to learn how, as a health visitor and midwife, I could unwittingly be used to promote products and practices that had the power to undermine…
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The best books about western society’s obstacles to breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We Feed Our Babies?

By Amy Brown

Why this book?

Amy nails the many aspects of today’s UK society that make breastfeeding so difficult for mothers and their babies. She looks at the myriad subtle – and not-so-subtle – ways in which breastfeeding is discussed and presented, so that it comes across as something laudable in theory but unrealistic and undesirable in practice: great if you can do it, but keep it to yourself and don’t frighten the horses. She also explores the many, seemingly unrelated, notions we have about how babies should be cared for, such as where and for how long they should sleep, which are quite simply…
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The best books about western society’s obstacles to breastfeeding

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Book cover of Breastfeeding and Medication

Breastfeeding and Medication

By Wendy Jones

Why this book?

Sadly, one of the many obstacles to breastfeeding lies within the healthcare system. For too long, education about how breastfeeding works has been severely lacking in the training of doctors, pharmacists, and a host of other disciplines. The result is that time and again, women who seek help – often for conditions unrelated to lactation – are given advice or care that fails to take into account their feeding choices, Many are told that they must stop breastfeeding in order for either them or their baby to receive treatment. As a pharmacist and breastfeeding counsellor, who, for years, ran the…
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The best books about western society’s obstacles to breastfeeding

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The Big Letdown

By Kimberly Seals Allers

Why this book?

Kimberly writes from personal experience and from the heart. She pulls no punches. Her book covers a lot of the obstacles you’d expect – societal attitudes to breastfeeding, the formula industry, and so on – but it’s her chapter on ‘the feminist fallacy’ that really spoke to me. I’ve always been baffled by the lack of support that feminist writers have shown for breastfeeding. They talk about it as a chore, as a restriction on women’s freedom, not as something amazing that a woman’s body can do. Kimberly challenges this thinking head on, fearlessly exposing the flawed thinking that has,…
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The best books about western society’s obstacles to breastfeeding

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The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

By Alice Callahan

Why this book?

The Science of Mom explores the research behind nine important – and controversial – parenting topics, like vaccine safety, breastfeeding, and sleep training. I liked that Dr. Callahan covered each question very thoroughly, helped the readers understand the advantages and limitations of science, and kept her writing personal and warm. You will appreciate this book if you’re looking for an in-depth understanding of the latest research (the 2nd edition was released in November 2021) and would like the tools for interpreting future scientific studies on these topics.

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The best science-based books for raising a baby

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