Recommended Books

From LLL in VA/WV References

These books have been reviewed by LLLI and are generally in agreement with LLL philosophy.


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

by La Leche League International

It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, La Leche League has set the standard for educating and supporting mothers in this natural art for generations. Now the classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Real–mom wisdom, expert information, and proven strategies for breastfeeding at every stage.

Breastfeeding Made Simple

by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

In this easy-to-use resource, the authors share seven basic principles of breastfeeding that can help mothers dramatically increase their likelihood of success and make breastfeeding the enjoyable experience it should be.

The Nursing Mother's Companion

by Kathleen Huggins

This book provides guidance on all breastfeeding-related issues, plus easily referenced "survival guides" to help moms quickly identify and resolve problems at different stages of the breastfeeding relationship.

The Breastfeeding Book

by Martha and William Sears

Dr. and Martha Sears cover everything from the basics of breastfeeding, such as how to get the baby to latch on properly, father's role, working and breastfeeding, toddler nursing, and weaning.

The Breastfeeding Café: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing

by Barbara Behrmann

A series of stories detailing the wide range of experiences of breastfeeding mothers, The Breastfeeding Cafe explores the culture and realities of breastfeeding while offering valuable insights to all breastfeeding women.

The Black Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding

by Katherine Barber

Katherine Barber tackles the reasons why breastfeeding is important to the African American community, the how-to's of breastfeeding, and the unique socio-economic concerns of African American women.

Working and Breastfeeding

Nursing Mother, Working Mother

by Gale Pryor

Mothers who combine breastfeeding with working will find this an immensely helpful and reassuring book. The author includes practical information on planning for and returning to employment; clear, concise tips on breastfeeding; pumping, storing, and transporting milk; and possible alternatives to full-time employment.

Hirkani's Daughters: Women Who Scale Modern Mountains to Combine Breastfeeding and Working

by Jennifer Hicks

A compilation of inspirational tales from women around the world, Hirkani’s Daughters tells the stories of modern employed mothers who have overcome various obstacles to continue breastfeeding.

Toddler-Nursing and Weaning

Mothering Your Nursing Toddler

by Norma Jane Bumgarner

Practical, reassuring book for the mother of a nursing toddler. Discusses importance of breastfeeding relationship, natural weaning, temporary changes in lifestyle, society's expectations vs. child's and family's needs.

The Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning

by Kathleen Huggins & Linda Ziedrich

Many breastfeeding mothers express concerns about weaning when their babies are just a few weeks old. This book explores all aspects of weaning, starting with historical aspects and ending with weaning a child over three and life after weaning.

Special Situations

The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk

by Diana West and Lisa Marasco

This comprehensive book incorporates the latest research and discoveries about causes of low milk supply, the way the body makes milk, and how babies contribute to milk production.

Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby

by Gwen Gotsch

Offers parents a basic guide to help them provide the benefits of human milk to their tiny infant. From pumping tips and establishing an adequate milk supply to getting baby started at the breast and coming home, this book provides the kind of information and reassurance that parents need.

Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation

by Elizabeth Hormann

Did you know that induced lactation and relactation are possible? Author Elizabeth Hormann explains how in this book. Some of the topics discussed include: preparation for adoptive breastfeeding; substances that stimulate milk production; beginning breastfeeding with an adopted baby; and sources of support for adoptive parents.

Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery

by Diana West

Exploring the many aspects of breastfeeding for a mother who has had breast reduction surgery, this book combines up-to-date research with experience and advice from breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots

by Robyn Roche-Paull

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is a much needed resource for active-duty mothers and mothers-to-be, who are seeking information and support on how to breastfeed successfully while serving their country.

Tandem Nursing

Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy and Beyond

by Hilary Flower

The first full-length book on the subject of tandem nursing provides comprehensive answers to a wide range of questions related to breastfeeding during pregnancy and nursing siblings.

Nursing Multiples

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More!

by Karen Gromada

“Can I breastfeed twins?” “How will I coordinate nursing triplets?” “Will my body produce enough milk for quadruplets?” The simple answer: Yes! Karen Kerkhoff Gromada offers valuable information with an emphasis on breastfeeding and attachment-style parenting.


Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family

by La Leche League International

Your approach to eating changes when you become pregnant, give birth, and become responsible for feeding a growing family. Featuring more than seventy-five easy-to-make and delicious recipes, sanity-saving, mom-tested advice, and vital information about your nutritional needs when pregnant, nursing, or weaning, FEED YOURSELF, FEED YOUR FAMILY helps you set your family on a course for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood

by Martha Sears & William Sears

In this book, the Searses offer an eating plan that has been effective for countless people. They define eating habits that can counter or prevent many illnesses and provide tips for all stages, from picky eaters to junk food cravings.

Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

by Eileen Behan

The new edition of this book includes the latest information in nutrition and dietary concerns. The author provides expert tips for eating well and shedding pounds safely as a breastfeeding mama.


Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family

by La Leche League International

Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It’s mother-wisdom, reassurance, and a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research.

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

by Elizabeth Pantley

This book provides a gentle approach to sleep training for parents who believe it necessary to modify baby's sleep habits without resorting to the cry-it-out methods. It offers easy-to-use charts to see where you are in the beginning, what your plan for getting your baby to sleep will be, and measuring your progress. The ideas presented are common sense solutions to a problem that is seen as monumental for many new mothers. Note: LLL does not agree with the cautions against letting baby fall asleep at the breast or holding a sleeping baby or child.