No-BS breastfeeding resources

(Will finalize the page with proper hyperlinks soon, once I get a chance. Cheers. BFWOBS)

General
Marianne Neifert's Dr. Mom's Guide to Breastfeeding and Great Expectations: Essential Guide to Breastfeeding
Full of great, practical information about how the breasts work, the mechanics of breastfeeding, latching, troubleshooting, pumping and much, much more--everything you'll get in the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, in short, but without the scaremongering and condescension.
http://www.amazon.com/Moms-Guide-Breastfeeding-Marianne-Neifert/dp/0452279909
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Expectations-Essential-Guide-Breastfeeding/dp/1402758170
The Infant Feeding forum on Mumsnet: Extremists and judgemental types are pretty rare and get argued with when they do appear, making this one of the saner discussion places for talking breastfeeding, bottlefeeding and everything in between. British forum, so UK-centric and not much help for exclusive pumpers or those returning to work with a young baby.
http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/breast_and_bottle_feeding
The Momivist at Breastfeeding Babies of Harrisburg: This is the Facebook page of a very cool LC who supports all infant feeding methods and is a pretty awesome person to boot.
https://www.facebook.com/LactationNurseJody/info?tab=page_info
Bumpology by Linda Geddes: Gives you the real, evidence-based deal on pregnancy, birth and baby care, and includes a fantastic myth-busting section on breastfeeding. Is it really OK to drink alcohol while breastfeeding? Can supplementing offer the best of both worlds, or will it kill my supply? Read and find out.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bumpology-myth-busting-pregnancy-parents-be/dp/059306996X
Stanford University has a good, evidence-based set of resources describing all basics regarding breastfeeding, especially the process of getting it started in newborns. The videos are particularly useful.
http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/
Mammals Suck... Milk! looks at the science of lactation across the animal kingdom, including human beings. Not a "how to breastfeed" blog, certainly, but fascinating stuff and great background information.
http://mammalssuck.blogspot.jp/
Trolls With Wooden Spoons: On the crunchy side, yet also one of the few places where you will seldom get extremist natural-parenting stuff pushed at you; created by a bunch of Mothering.com escapees who had become disillusioned with the craziness and horrible moderation on that site. And it's full of experienced breastfeeding mothers.
http://trollswithwoodenspoons.com/viewforum.php?f=33&sid=082fe6d990d0f675a8a5987c9b0a3dc9
Skeptically Speaking's 15-minute podcast on breastfeeding is well worth a listen for an interesting scientific slant on lactation.
http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/episodes/164-babies-brains-and-boobs
Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding by Alison Bartlett
Spilled Milk by Andy Steiner
Breastfeeding your newborn: what to expect in the early weeks: I know I complain about KM sometimes, but a lot of their practical information is actually good and clearly written. This gives a quick-and-dirty guide to things like what diaper output to expect.
http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/
My breasts feel empty! Has my milk supply decreased? (Kellymom)
http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/breast-fullness/

Handling your expressed milk
ABM Clinical Protocol #8: Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Full-Term Infants
http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol%208%20-%20English%20revised%202010.pdf
Handling and storage of expressed breast milk (NICE)
https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph11/documents/mcn-consultation-expert-report-handling-and-storage-of-expressed-breast-milk2

Solids ("weaning")
Weaning Made Easy by Rana Conway: A fun yet evidence-based approach to weaning (=solids introduction, not breastfeeding cessation) which encourages parents to offer different foods in a variety of ways.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weaning-Made-Easy-feeding-baby-led/dp/1905410697
Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child from the WHO: A useful reference, but do bear in mind that WHO guidelines tilt towards the needs of kids in developing countries
http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/guiding_principles_compfeeding_breastfed.pdf
Iron: how and why?
Why is breast milk so low in iron? A must if you are feeling confused about the "breastmilk/iron" thing. From Science of Mom.
http://scienceofmom.com/2011/10/12/why-is-breast-milk-so-low-in-iron/
Iron for babies and toddlers from Seattle Mama Doc: I love Seattle Mama Doc--she is always so reassuring and straightforward.
http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/iron-for-babies-toddlers/
Should I Feed My Children Rice? from Seattle Mama Doc
http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/should-i-feed-my-baby-and-children-rice-arsenic-rice/
Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense (feeding in general) by Ellyn Satter
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Child-Mine-Feeding-Love-Sense/dp/0923521518
If It Were My Child: No Baby Food Before 4 Months from Seattle Mama Doc: The case against very early solids.
http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/if-it-were-my-child-no-baby-food-before-4-months/
10 Tips for Starting Your Baby on Solid Food from Science of Mom: Information based on nutritional science
http://scienceofmom.com/2012/02/27/10-tips-for-starting-your-baby-on-solid-food/
Complementary Feeding: A Commentary by the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition: This paper weighs up the evidence regarding the timing of solids, with a particular emphasis on allergy prevention. It suggests that both very early and very late introduction of solids may increase the risk of allergy in children.
http://www.espghan.med.up.pt/position_papers/con_28.pdf

Sleep
Good Night, Sleep Tight by Kim West: This book (by a sleep specialist who's helped countless families) is moderate, eminently sensible, and flexible enough to work with a whole range of parenting "styles."
http://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Ladys-Good-Night-Tight/dp/1593155581
The Nightweaning Story: This is a nursing mother's take on night weaning. From Good Enough Mum.
http://goodenoughmummy.typepad.com/good_enough_mum/2008/11/the-night-weaning-story.html

Colic/fussiness/reflux
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp: A mildly attachment parent-y book with some good and practical advice for getting through the colicky weeks months.
http://www.amazon.com/Happiest-Baby-Block-Harvey-Karp/dp/0553381466
Colic Solved: The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-to- Soothe Baby by Bryan Vartabedian
http://www.amazon.com/Colic-Solved-Essential-Infant-Difficult-/dp/0345490681/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352926700&sr=1-1&keywords=colic+solved
Tummy Troubles, Colic, and Mama’s Diet: Read this article from Science of Mom if you are considering cutting things out of your diet
http://scienceofmom.com/2012/07/03/tummy-troubles-colic-and-mamas-diet/

Pumping
Milk Memos  (nursing and working) gets a good write-up for its frank discussion of breastfeeding from a variety of mothers' perspectives.
http://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/1585425443/ref=cm_cr_dp_syn_footer?k=The%20Milk%20Memos%3A%20How%20Real%20Moms%20Learned%20to%20Mix%20Business%20with%20Babies%20-%20And%20How%20You%20Can%2C%20Too&showViewpoints=1
Work.Pump.Repeat: How to survive breastfeeding and going back to work by Jessica Shortall: Not officially out yet, but I've read a sneak preview addition, and it is Very Very Good--the author describes it as a "judgment-free zone," and she's not kidding. And it's absolutely stuffed with practical, detailed advice.
www.workpumprepeat.com
I’m not pumping enough milk. What can I do? A list of things to try and things to rule out, from Kellymom. 
http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/pumping_decrease/
Is my older baby getting enough milk?: Basic information from Kellymom.
http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/enoughmilk-older/

After 12mo
Should kids drink cow’s milk? A good, balanced discussion that will help you make up your mind whether or not to give your toddler cow's milk
http://www.parentingscience.com/benefits-of-milk.html
The Alterna-milks: Cow’s Milk Alternatives for Toddlers: KC Kids Doc has a good rundown on cow's milk and the alternatives (coconut? goat)
http://kckidsdoc.com/the-alterna-milks-cow%E2%80%99s-milk-alternatives-for-toddlers.html
Breastfeeding Beyond a Year: Why Stop Now? Science of Mom discusses the joys of nursing past a year if you choose...
http://scienceofmom.com/2011/10/31/breastfeeding-beyond-a-year-why-stop-now/
...and here is some discussion on why you don't HAVE to if you don't want to
Breastfeeding Beyond a Year: Why Is the AAFP Stretching the Truth About the Benefits? (Science of Mom again)
http://scienceofmom.com/2011/10/27/breastfeeding-beyond-a-year-why-is-the-aafp-stretching-the-truth-about-the-benefits/
Breastfeeding for longer than a year - myths, facts, and what the research really shows (Good Enough Mum)
http://goodenoughmummy.typepad.com/good_enough_mum/2011/04/extended-breastfeeding.html

Premature babies
The apparent breastfeeding paradox: What is optimal nutrition for a premature baby? A good discussion of breastmilk vis-a-vis the needs of premature babies. Science of Mom.
http://scienceofmom.com/2012/04/20/the-apparent-breastfeeding-paradox-what-is-optimal-nutrition-for-a-premature-baby/
Pump up the music: Improving breast milk production in the NICU: A bit more on breastfeeding and preemies
http://scienceofmom.com/2012/04/12/pump-up-the-music-improving-breast-milk-production-in-the-nicu/

Jaundice
Newborn jaundice: To supplement or not to supplement, that is the question…: This post will take you through the different types of jaundice and why supplementation is sometimes required, sometimes not
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/2012/03/newborn-jaundice-to-supplement-or-not-to-supplement-that-is-the-question/

Breastfeeding and medications
The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk from the American Academy of Pediatrics
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/108/3/776.full.pdf

Weight gain
Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies (Metric): This table, from Kellymom, is based on the WHO charts.
http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/weight-gain-metric/
WHO versus CDC growth charts: WHO cares?: This is a good discussion from the Fearless Formula Feeder of the differences between WHO and CDC charts, and why both have to be taken with a pinch of salt.
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/2012/07/who-versus-cdc-growth-charts-who-cares/
FFF Friday: “‘Any weight gain is good’ (is) another dangerous myth”: From the same blogger, this is a sobering reminder of why problems with weight gain must be taken seriously.
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/2011/12/fff-friday-any-weight-gain-is-good-is-another-dangerous-myth/
(Take all Kellymom info with just a pinch of salt. I've included the bits from that site that I personally think are reasonably reliable, but if something smells like bullshit, it may be.)

Combo feeding and supplementing
Boobs Half Full: A useful blog with practical tips and discussion on combo feeding (either out of necessity or by choice)
https://boobshalffull.wordpress.com/
Combination Feeding: From Bottle Babies. One point: "A few glasses of wine" are mentioned as a reason why breastfeeding was contraindicated for a particular mother over the weekend. This is, of course, a personal choice, but I just wanted to point out that moderate drinking is not a problem for breastfeeding.
http://www.bottlebabies.org/practical-support/pumpingexpressing-milk/combination-feeding/
See here for more tips
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/category/combo-feeding/

The mechanics of formula feeding
The FFF Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Formula Feeding: Mixing Bottles
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/2011/10/the-fff-quick-and-dirty-guide-to-formula-feeding-mixing-bottles/
The FFF Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Formula Feeding: Differences between formulas and bottles
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/2011/12/the-fff-quick-and-dirty-guide-to-formula-feeding-differences-between-formulas-and-bottles/
Basic info on formula from The Pediatric Insider (America-centric; I will try and find some resources for other countries when I have a moment):
The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 1. What’s in formula, anyway?
http://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/the-guide-to-infant-formulas-part-1-whats-in-there/
The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 2. The Similac choices
http://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/the-guide-to-infant-formulas-part-2-the-similac-choices/
The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 3. Enfamil products
http://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/the-guide-to-infant-formulas-part-3-enfamil-products/
The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 4. Gerber and the Generics
http://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/the-guide-to-infant-formulas-part-4-gerber-and-the-generics/
A Comprehensive Overview of Store Brand Infant Formula/Guiding Parents in Formula Selection: How Do Store Brands Compare to National Brands?: This has a nice table comparing generics with pricy brand formulas.
http://www.pediatricsconsultant360.com/sites/default/files/PerrigoReprintFinalVersionsmall.pdf

The "Woo or true?" clearing-houses: Myth-busting, fact-checking and debunking sources
The Woo-Busters page of Trolls With Wooden Spoons is a good place to get a second opinion on anything which sounds like woo but you are not quite sure! (Note: Do not get involved in TWWS discussions about car seats, or ANY hot button issues)
http://trollswithwoodenspoons.com/viewforum.php?f=33&sid=8d3bcd9609aa144fb657fde6261426fe
Mainstream Parenting, while now defunct, is still a great source of skeptical commentary and mythbusting, some of which covers breastfeeding.
http://mainstreamparenting.wordpress.com/
How Anti-Formula Propaganda Hurts Infants explains why you can't use goat's/cow's milk as a formula replacement
http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com/2011/09/guest-post-how-anti-formula-propaganda-hurts-infants/
Can breastmilk cure my child's eye infection? Possibly yes!
http://scienceofmom.com/2011/11/08/can-breast-milk-cure-my-child%E2%80%99s-eye-infection/
I will try and put more stuff up as and when; however, see the Bullshitometer archives for more "woo or true?" stuff

Infant feeding politics
What to Eat
http://www.amazon.com/What-Eat-Marion-Nestle/dp/0865477388/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349614384&sr=1-1
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
http://www.amazon.com/Food-Politics-Influences-Nutrition-California/dp/0520224655
Posts tagged "infant formula" on The Food Politics blog by Marion Nestle
http://www.foodpolitics.com/tag/infant-formula/
There is no shortages of resources discussing the politics of breastfeeding and infant formula, but some of them contain so much bad science and hysteria that it's hard to know how seriously to take them; so it's useful to read these books and blogs as a useful reminder that formula companies are indeed guilty of some really dodgy behavior. Unfortunately, there are some awful commenters on this blog. Ignore them. Comment sections are where crazy people go to die.
Bottled Up by Suzanne Barston (who also blogs at the Fearless Formula Feeder... see below).
http://www.amazon.com/Bottled-Up-Babies-Motherhood-Shouldnt/dp/0520270231/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
An intelligent (and iconoclastic) discussion of infant feeding politics from a formula feeder's perspective.
Good Enough Mum has some good articles, including "Watch your language" "Why brutally unpleasant lactivism is everyone's business" and "A vision for what positive breastfeeding promotion could look like."
http://goodenoughmummy.typepad.com/

3 comments:

  1. it is about normalisation. It is about mothers getting the support they need from society and from medical professionals to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. mommystap

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  2. thank you for these many ressources. I'm an expecting mum and I don't know what to choose, BF or formulas? My best friend recommended me to get some organic formula from here as they are Europe certified brands, where the rules are stricter.

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