Our La Leche League Group maintains a lending library for the use of our members. Non-members may borrow books by providing a $10 refundable deposit. Please contact lllofspringfield@gmail.com or let any of the Leaders know which book you would like to be brought to you at the next LLL of Springfield meeting!

Don’t see what you are looking for? LLL of Springfield would like to hear what books you are interested in reading!! We intend to purchase several new books in the near future and would like your input on what titles we should consider. You may want to peruse the LLLI store for ideas:

http://store.llli.org/public

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NEW AQUISITIONS!!!

McKenna, James – SLEEPING WITH YOUR BABY
Join Dr. James McKenna as he provides the latest information on the benefits of cosleeping and explores the various ways to share sleep safely.

Mohrbacher, Nancy – BREASTFEEDING MADE SIMPLE
In this easy-to-use resource, the authors share seven basic principles of breastfeeding that can help mothers dramatically increase their likelihood of success and make breastfeeding the enjoyable experience it should be. Common problems and special situations are addressed and the implications of social, psychological and cultural reasons why breastfeeding is not the norm are also discussed.

Sears, Robert W. – THE VACCINE BOOK
It’s common for parents to ponder the very popular questions, “Should I vaccinate my child? What are the pros? What are the cons?” Considering all the types of vaccinations for your child and when to administer them is a lot to think about. Dr. Robert Sears has crafted a comprehensive guide for parents so this topic isn’t so overwhelming. In this open-minded and informative guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about each disease/vaccine pair.

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BREASTFEEDING

La Leche League International – THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING
This classic guide to breastfeeding reflects current research while maintaining its trademark style of mother-to-mother sharing. The language in this edition reflects a gentle shift toward breastfeeding as the norm. Updated references and resource lists provide mothers with the tools needed to make informed decisions about birth, breastfeeding, and parenting.

Bumgarner, Norma Jane – MOTHERING YOUR NURSING TODDLER
Practical, reassuring, informative, and supportive book for the mother of a nursing toddler. Emphasizes meeting child’s needs. Discusses importance of breastfeeding relationship, natural weaning, temporary changes in lifestyle, society’s expectations vs. child’s and family’s needs.

Gotsch, Gwen – BREASTFEEDING PURE AND SIMPLE
Provides new mothers with a basic introduction that will guide them through the early months of their nursing relationship. Clear, straightforward text combined with lots of photos makes this book inviting and easy to read. Revised edition includes new information on newborn jaundice and treatment of inverted nipples.

Newman, Jack – THE ULTIMATE BREASTFEEDING BOOK OF ANSWERS
Newman focuses on the causes, treatment, and prevention of breastfeeding problems, and provides a useful reference for breastfeeding counselors. There are some disagreements with LLLI information particularly involving treatment of sore nipples with an “all-purpose ointment” and preference for the cross-cradle hold.

Pryor, Gale – NURSING MOTHER, WORKING MOTHER
Mothers who combine breastfeeding with working will find this an immensely helpful and reassuring book. The author includes practical information on planning for and returning to employment; clear, concise tips on breastfeeding; pumping, storing, and transporting milk; and possible alternatives to full-time employment such as job sharing, working from home, and staying home full-time. The book suggests numerous ways mothers can build and maintain closeness with their babies in spite of separation.

Spangler, Amy – BREASTFEEDING BOOK
This easy-to-read presentation on the basics of breastfeeding contains detailed illustrations of breast physiology, latch-on, and various baby holds, including those useful in special situations. A good resource for employed breastfeeding mothers and useful for parents without access to an LLL Group or breastfeeding classes. Readers should refer to LLLI resources for our current recommendations on milk storage and jaundice.

Sears, Martha and William – THE BREASTFEEDING BOOK
The Breastfeeding Book is the newest addition to the Sears Parenting Library. The book is easy to read and thoroughly indexed. Dr. and Martha Sears cover everything from the basics of breastfeeding, such as how to get the baby to latch on properly, father’s role, working and breastfeeding, toddler nursing, and weaning. The authors’ logical step-by-step approach is honest and realistic, and makes this a very accessible reference.

Sears, Martha and William – 25 THINGS EVERY NEW MOTHER SHOULD KNOW
From giving birth to breastfeeding to meeting baby’s needs, this book reinforces a mother’s confidence by reassuring her that she is the expert on her baby. Helps a brand-new mother understand her new role by encouraging her to respond intuitively to her baby.

Tamaro, Janet – SO THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE FOR: BREASTFEEDING BASICS
A light-hearted and humorous look at breastfeeding in contemporary society, full of factual information and down-to-earth answers to the universal questions breastfeeding mothers ask. LLL does not agree with the author’s warning not to let a baby over six months old fall asleep at the breast or her statement that HIV, tuberculosis, or hepatitis B prevent a woman from breastfeeding.

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PARENTING and LOVING GUIDANCE

Flower, Hilary – ADVENTURES IN GENTLE DISCIPLINE
This insightful book debunks myths about the effectiveness of gentle discipline methods and encourages parents to find ways to make gentle discipline work for themselves and their children. Personal stories from a variety of mothers show creative adaptations of gentle discipline methods and provide parents with tools and encouragement to put theory into practice to be real parents, not perfect parents.

Good, Julia & Joyce Reis – A SPECIAL KIND OF PARENTING
Children with disabilities have special needs which challenge their parents’ emotional and physical resources. This book helps parents discover their child as an individual and provides suggestions on how to get through initial diagnosis, the grieving process, and the impact on the entire family. Recommends programs and professionals suited to the child’s needs and abilities.

Granju, Katie – ATTACHMENT PARENTING
A practical guide for parents who want to be responsive and respectful of their baby’s needs. The author strongly advocates attachment parenting, an approach which includes minimizing baby-parent separation, co-sleeping, exclusive breastfeeding, and avoiding an over-reliance on baby “gadgets”. Includes extensive resource lists as well as stories from parents and information from experts including LLLI, William Sears, Rachael Hamlet, and Jack Newman.

Pantley, Elizabeth – THE NO-CRY SLEEP SOLUTION
This book provides a gentle approach to sleep training for parents who believe it necessary to modify baby’s sleep habits without resorting to the cry-it-out methods. It offers easy-to-use charts to see where you are in the beginning, what your plan for getting your baby to sleep will be, and measuring your progress. The ideas presented are common sense solutions to a problem that is seen as monumental for many new mothers. LLL does not agree with the cautions against letting baby fall asleep at the breast or holding a sleeping baby or child.

Sears, William & Martha Sears – THE ATTACHMENT PARENTING BOOK
Written by the pediatric experts who coined the phrase “attachment parenting,” this inspirational book provides information to help parents understand their children and enjoy parenting. Explains the benefits of attachment parenting and breastfeeding; provides tips on bonding for mothers, fathers, and in special situations; and dispels many of the myths involved with attachment parenting. Also discusses baby wearing, cosleeping, mother burnout, and baby training.

Sears, William – SIDS: Understanding and Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
A comprehensive review of research into Sudden Infant Death and startling information on its causes. Dr. Sears offers strategies to prevent or minimize the risk of SIDS.

Sears, William – THE A.D.D. BOOK
Living with children who learn differently is a challenge–but help has arrived! Sears and Thompson share loving guidance techniques that parents can use to help their child achieve success socially, at home, and at school. The authors present breastfeeding and attachment parenting as ways to help a child be “Smart from the Start.” The book offers strategies for improving behavior and treatment options, including a discussion of medications and nutrition. One chapter covers special education laws and another is devoted to helping the family celebrate the uniqueness of the A.D.D. child.

Sears, William & Martha – THE DISCIPLINE BOOK
Explores a wide variety of parenting options and helps parents decide which type of parenting philosophy will work best for their family. It emphasizes the importance of attachment parenting.

Sheedy Kurcinka, Mary – RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD
Often known as “difficult” or “high need,” spirited children need parents who are enthusiastic, skillful, and sensitive to their children. This book is a guide for parents who need emotional support and new strategies to use with their spirited child.

Samalin, Nancy – LOVING YOUR CHILD IS NOT ENOUGH
An inspiring book on positive discipline. Illustrates the importance of being sensitive to a child’s feelings. Sample dialogue illustrates what to avoid, what to remember, and how to handle conflicts.

Thevenin, Tine – THE FAMILY BED
Discusses pros and cons of children sleeping with parents and siblings. Historical perspectives, as well as personal experiences, provide helpful information to parents.

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BIRTH, HEALTH, & OTHER

Korte, Diana & Roberta Scaer – A GOOD BIRTH, A SAFE BIRTH
If a pregnant woman could read only one book, this would be an excellent choice. The third revised edition tackles the pros and cons of today’s childbirth options while taking the reader through each step of pregnancy. It explores the various childbirth environments, teaches expectant parents how to ensure their wishes be followed, and discusses the use of medication and painkillers

Good, Julia & Joyce Good Reis for LLLI – A SPECIAL KIND OF PARENTING
Children with disabilities have special needs which challenge their parents’ emotional and physical resources. This book helps parents discover their child as an individual and provides suggestions on how to get through initial diagnosis, the grieving process, and the impact on the entire family. Recommends programs and professionals suited to the child’s needs and abilities.

Halonen, Virginia – WHOLE FOODS FROM THE WHOLE WORLD COOKBOOK
LLL families from all over the world contributed their favorite recipes to this unique international cookbook. Many recipes have been adapted by the contributors to add more nutritional value to traditional ethnic dishes. Ingredients listed in standard and metric; complete nutritional analysis included for each recipe.

Sears, William – SAFE AND HEALTHY
Helps guide parents through the difficulties of coping with a sick child. Explains the difference between viral and bacterial illnesses and some of the problems you might encounter in the first few months of your child’s life.

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