I read a lot about breastfeeding (I’m a peer supporter and I’ve written about the experience of nursing my three children in my book, Milk) so, I thought I’d put together a list of my 5 favourite books. I’ve made a video on my YouTube channel about this before, but I’ve found a few new favorites so this is my current list. I don’t want to rank them because they are all different, so in no particular order…
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League.
This is a great ‘how-to’ book. It goes through each age or situation and explains what’s going on and how to tackle it. I think it’s very comprehensive with great practical advice. It’s in its 8th edition now, so it’s kept up to date and must be doing something right to have kept going for this long!
The Positive Breastfeeding Book by Prof Amy Brown
A recent release, this book covers everything anyone would need to know about different breastfeeding journeys. It goes through a lot of different situations and ways of dealing with them. It’s very much about no guilt and helping women to find the support they need. It’s also very evidence-based.
The Politics of Breastfeeding by Gabrielle Palmer
For me, this was a total game-changer. It’s pretty heavy reading – it goes into a lot of detail about the history of breastfeeding and the politics of alternative feeding methods. I was unaware of what had gone on before and it helped me to understand why I was experiencing what I did, feeding in today’s society and culture.
Nobody Told Me by Hollie McNish
Hollie is an amazing poet who gained popularity for her ‘Embarrassed’ poem about public breastfeeding. In this book, she combines raw poetry with diary entries to explain how she felt through pregnancy and the only years of raising her daughter. It’s a beautiful and emotional book that was so relatable.
Bare Reality by Laura Dodsworth
This isn’t technically a breastfeeding book, but it includes stories of breastfeeding so I’m saying that counts. 100 women had photographs of their chests taken and talked about their lives in relation to their breasts. There are stories of women who breastfed and women who didn’t, women who have survived cancer, victims of abuse, trans-women, women of every age… it made me cry. When I asked my mum to buy it for my birthday she did think I was a bit weird… until she read some of the stories.
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