Books on raising children

Would recommend

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

This book covers a lot about breastfeeding from the mother’s side, even past just the infant stage. There’s also short stories throughout that I found entertaining and relatable. It is quite a thick book, so I don’t know if reading every word is necessary, but by flipping through it you should be able to find what you’re looking for. However, it doesn’t have a lot of practical tips on the actual act; it’s more so information necessary surrounding the breastfeeding experience. For that reason, it’s good to read, but also with another resource like the one below.

The Breastfeeding Bible by Dr. Penny Stanway

Although I found a lot of the information good, the book was a bit repetitive. There was a big chunk in the middle that felt like it was already covered towards the beginning. Also, a lot of the beginning is about why you should breastfeed. I guess that could be helpful for someone who is not already committed, but personally, I didn’t really need that part. Overall, this book is pretty helpful. Unlike The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, this goes more into daily routines and actually doing it, not just general tips.

Birth Order by Linda Blair

I like this book because it helps explain how children’s upbringing affects them throughout life. As a parent, it may give insight into how to care for children in the best way given their birth order.

Take it or leave it

Good Nights by Jay Gordon, M.D., and Maria Goodavage

This book is fine. It gives confidence to parents who may know absolutely nothing about bed sharing or how to sleep with children in their room. However, I don’t think it’s the best book out there and I don’t think it provides completely comprehensive information.

I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

This book was fine. I don’t think there was anything particularly groundbreaking in here, but it did give an insight into how “successful” women manage their schedules. The overall takeaway was that both career and family is possible, you just have to think outside the box and get creative on how you can make time for both. It may not look the same week-to-week, but as long as you are happy, can manage it, the family is happy, and you are doing what you need to do in your job, it is certainly possible.

Not for me

Breastfeeding A Parent’s Guide by Amy Spangler

This book is cute and pleasant to look through, but it covers mostly surface-level information and doesn’t go into the depth I would need if I was going to learn practical breastfeeding skills.

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