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Four Books that are Helping Me Learn How to be a Mother

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Pregnant with your first baby or just want to know of some knowledgeable books to have on hand while parenting? Four that I have been dipping into recently include one on breastfeeding (that I read before the baby arrived and now have been looking up different sections for reassurance about different topics), a step-by-step developmental guidebook, a book about sleeping (that I read while my baby was just a couple of months old) and a book about eating.

Before my baby was born, I hoped everything would go fine with breastfeeding, but since I heard many stories of women having trouble, I read an informative and encouraging book on the topic:
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding: From the Nation’s Leading Midwife
A midwife’s view and knowledge of breastfeeding made me feel like I could trust what she was saying, and she walks the reader through the stages of breastfeeding from pregnancy until weaning. She encourages mothers to do what is best for their babies and lists ways of doing things from a holistic perspective. In a section on how to help with breast/nursing problems, she lists natural remedies that can help. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding: From the Nation’s Leading Midwife helped me be relaxed and excited about breastfeeding, and after my son was born, he just started nursing, and it has been an easy journey!


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What to Expect the First Year book has been a reference book for me to flip through every few months to look at what a baby usually does during that month of life. I enjoy reading the question and answer sections they have in there. It is reassuring to see that the baby in your life is hitting the usual milestones. See more here:


Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep was recommended to me before my son was born, and I bought a copy when he was a newborn, and I slowly read it while I was nursing him. This book taught me what healthy sleep patterns in babies looks like, and how important it is to prioritize sleeping time and helping your child learn how to put him or herself to sleep. Check it out:


I’m still flipping through and reading from Feeding Baby Green: The Earth Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition During Pregnancy, Childhood, and Beyond by Alan Greene, MD, and the recipes look great! My son is has just been eating solid food for a month or so, and I’ve made him chicken and vegetables a few times, apple-pear sauce, and sweet potatoes. He still loves the milk. Check it out here:


These books have helped me calm down a few times when I started getting anxious about nursing or feeding my boy solid food…it helps to have the internet, but also having a few real books around that you can grab and look through has helped make these seven months of motherhood a joyful, mostly peaceful time! What books do you enjoy dipping into to help you as a mom?


~Mary Hope

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~Mary Hope

Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

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