Breastfeeding: Making More Milk
The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West and Lisa Marasco has been an eye opening book for me. As someone who struggled with a low milk supply while breastfeeding, not once but twice, I found this book amazingly helpful as I read it. I heard about it from another birth teacher. Oh, how I WISH I had known about this book after our third baby was born almost two years ago! (It wasn’t written 6 years ago when my first was born) I don’t know that all my breastfeeding problems would have been solved but it would have offered me some peace and answered several of my questions. I love nursing and it is a real struggle for me that I have had so much trouble feeding and sustaining my babies on breastmilk alone.
Making More Milk explains the biological process of how breastmilk is produced. It explains how hormones, the mother’s physical development, the baby, and the mother all work together to make a plentiful supply of milk. This book covers more detail than any other breastfeeding book I’ve read about problems that can effect milk supply.
This book is FAR more than a “just pump and you’ll increase your milk supply” solution to milk supply problems. It covers in detail ideas about how to make a plan for managing milk supply, preventing low milk supply, altervative treatments and possibilities for treating low milk supply. It is the only book I am aware of that was written specifically for women who have difficulties with milk supply. Each chapter has helpful information and things to consider when dealing with milk supply problems.
If you had trouble breastfeeding with a previous child and want to try again but are nervous about trying because you are scared you’ll run into the same problems, I highly recommend this book. If anything, you will probably gain a better understanding of WHY you have milk supply issues.
Have you ever heard of this book? Struggled with low milk supply? Scared to try again? Tell us your story!