Pregnant mothers who are committed to breastfeeding often ask my recommendation for the best book about breastfeeding. My response is always that they should read as many books and articles as they can. But if I had to recommend just one book, it would be The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Published by Le Leche League, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a comprehensive breastfeeding guide for the mother from the time she becomes pregnant through weaning their baby or toddler. Le Leche League has done an excellent job revising and updating the book over time to reflect the latest developments in the field. The 8th Edition is the latest edition of the book and is co-written by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman.
While this is an excellent and comprehensive book, I would not go so far to call it the “breastfeeding bible,” as many refer to it. I do find that the book is lacking in some areas. For example, the book is quite presumptuous that every mother should have a plentiful supply of milk. Many of my clients don’t have a plentiful supply and are discouraged in reading a “bible” that tells them that they should.
Breastfeeding is a unique experience and challenge for every mother, so it is simply impossible to “guide” every mother by generic pages in a book. Read the book and any other sources that you can get your hands on and have time for, but don’t be discouraged if your situation does not match the prototypical situation that the sources discuss. Talk to those that want to see you succeed in your breastfeeding journey and you will find the support and resources you need to succeed.