What I'm Reading...

Hello! I used to do these posts on my Facebook page, but I took a hiatus when I was studying for my Childbirth Educator exam and building my website. I want to incorporate them into the blog in order to share literature and resources that I find helpful. In the future, I’m hoping to do a “What I’m Reading” post once a month. Enjoy!

What I’m Reading…

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S.

I’m actually rereading this book. This was the first book on breastfeeding that I ever read when I was starting my birth work journey. I’ve found it incredibly helpful with its practical support and troubleshooting tips, including detailed instructions on how to induce lactation. In my practice I support whatever infant feeding method works best for your baby, lifestyle and body and this book does take somewhat of a hard line on the “breast is best” philosophy. But if you are interested in breastfeeding, this is a wonderful resource.

What I’m Learning…

Rereading this book is a reminder that breastfeeding is a natural function, but it’s not necessarily instinctual. Many people have never seen a baby being breastfed or may not have been breastfed themselves. To successfully establish and maintain breastfeeding, nursing people need access to empathetic support both professionally and in their personal circles.

Maggie Mehr