Parenting

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Books I recommend:


Anything by Dr. William Sears especially The Baby Book
(Dr. Sears is a pediatrician with a lot of children, even adopted children and children with special needs, so he has a ton of life experience to draw on and I found him VERY encouraging)


The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
(I absolutely believe in the 4th trimester idea he presents)


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger (La Leche League international) * a must have for any nursing mom especially as a reference book in the middle of the night when something is going wrong.


The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson is an amazing book that I recommend every mom read every couple of years!


Attachment Parenting ~ read a book or two about attachment parenting because it so goes against the cultural norms of today and will stretch you in a way that you might listen to your mother's intuition differently that you would had you not read these kinds of books.

General recommendations:
Learn something about the author before you read their parenting book.  How many children have they raised?  Have they had both boys and girls?  Do they have a good reputation in their community?  Have their books ever been linked to any "failure to thrive" infant issues?

Read books that encourage you to develop your own mother's intuition and don't claim that there is only one right way for every child to be raised.  Take what works for you from the books you read and ditch the info that you don't feel is right for you for this child.  Always be reading at least 3 months ahead of where your child is currently, it makes you a better and wiser mom.

Spend time with mom's that you admire, seem wise, encourage you, love Jesus, and have kids that you like to be around.

Don't expect nursing to be easy or to be something you don't have to LEARN how to do.  Ask to see the nursing specialist (lactation consultant) every day you nurse in the hospital post partum.  Get them to check the latch of your child's mouth on both breasts.