For Further Reading 

There are some titles repeated here from our Recommended Reading for New Parents page. This page serves as a more extensive list for those who want to read further or add to a home library.

Birth and babies:

Your Amazing Newborn by M.D. Marshall H. Klaus (Da Capo Press, 2000)

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practices of Natural Childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read and Ina May Gaskin

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears M.D.

For Postpartum:

The Year After Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed


The Gentle Sleep Book A Guide for Calm Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda Smith, Teresa Pitman (La Leche League International, 2014).

The Family Bed by Tine Thevenin

Nighttime Parenting How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep by Willi

For Breastfeeding Specifically:

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th Edition by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman (New York: Ballentine Books, 2004) LLL

The first edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was first published in 1958. It was a ground breaker in getting encouragement and information to new mothers at a time when breastfeeding knowledge was not always readily available. It is a classic still worth having on hand.

Breastfeeding Made Simple Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc 2005). Excellent resource with solid information and wisdom.

Latch: A handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage  1st Edition by Robin Kaplan M.Ed. IBCLC. Addresses specific breastfeeding concerns, allowing you to feel empowered while breastfeeding and overcome challenges as they arise. 

The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West and Lisa Marasco

Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner (La Leche League International; revised edition 2000).

How Weaning Happens by Diane Bengson (Schaumburg, IL: La Leche League International, 1999).

Baby-led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett

Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing How Natural Mothering Spaces Babies by Sheila Kippley

Early Childhood: 

The Nurture Revolution: Grow Your Baby’s Brain and Transform Their Mental Health through the Art of Nurtured Parenting by Greer Kirshenbaum PhD 

You are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

The Natural Child Parenting From the Heart by Jan Hunt

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Read aloud encouragement. It's never too early to start reading aloud with baby.

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox

The Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie

Children's books.

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