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National Breastfeeding Month

Aug 1, 2020

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

In 2011, The United States Breastfeeding Committee declared that August would be National Breastfeeding Month each year.  During this time, resources and discussions to support breastfeeding will be promoted by many organizations around the country with the aim of increasing knowledge and support around breastfeeding.  Below are many of the resources that are available to you now!

Check out these books on breastfeeding from the library!  You can put them on hold and pick them up curbside, or make an appointment to come in by calling the library at 479-621-1152, option 1.

The confident parent : a pediatrician’s guide to caring for your little one — without losing your joy, your mind, or yourself by Jane Scott

Call Number: 649.1 Sco

“We’ve all heard the complaint from parents: They’re more overwhelmed than ever before — juggling demands on their time as well as conflicting advice from family, friends, frenemies and “experts” on how to achieve parental perfection–or risk jeopardizing their little one’s future happiness. Pediatrician Jane Scott has seen this parental anxiety up close, and in The Confident Parent she shares advice on how to cut through the confusion, dial down the insecurities and unhelpful advice, and simply do what countless parents around the world have done throughout history: tune in to their own instincts and respond to their little one’s needs without overthinking, overstimulating, and overparenting. Informed by a unique global perspective — before training at Duke and setting up her current practice in Colorado, Dr. Scott lived in England and Ireland, as well as the Australian outback and the South African desert — The Confident Parent shows readers how to be not just better caregivers but happier and more balanced human beings. The book covers the basics of baby and child-care from breastfeeding to managing temper tantrums, offering a fresh perspective that is refreshingly liberating. Takeaways include: It is not “natural” or necessary for mothers to be with their young children all day and night. Nurturing a marriage or partnership is as important to child rearing as nurturing the child. Children are strong and resilient–unless parents teach them not to be. Picky eating is learned, not innate. There is such a thing as being too careful. Sometimes the less you know about the so-called rules of parenting, the better you are at it. This upbeat and empowering guide shows parents how small changes can yield big results — helping them and their kids feel more secure, more confident, and more connected”–


The nursing mother’s companion : the breastfeeding book mothers trust, from pregnancy through weaning by Kathleen Huggins       

Call Number: 649.33 Hug

“Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for over 30 years, with over 1 million copies sold. It is respected and recommended by professionals, including The International Lactation Consultant Association, T. Berry Braselton and The American Academy of Pediatrics, and is well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between. This fully updated and revised edition provides information on topics such as:

      • Benefits of breastfeeding
      • How to cope with breastfeeding obstacles and challenges
      • Incorporating a nursing routine into working life
      • Treating postpartum headaches and nausea
      • Nutritional supplements to alleviate postpartum depression
      • Sharing a baby with baby (co-sleeping) and the risk of SIDS
      • Introducing solid foods
      • Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk
      • Reviews of breast pumps

Readers will also find Huggins’s indispensable problem-solving “survival guides,” set off by colored bands on the pages for quick reference, as well as appendices on determining baby’s milk needs in the first six weeks and the safety of various drugs during breast-feeding. In addition, this edition opens with a new Foreword by Jessica Martin-Weber, creator of the very popular website The Leaky Boob and a new Preface by Kelly Bonata, creator of the go-to site KellyMom. These two much-loved authorities speak to the importance of owning an authoritative breastfeeding book that cuts through the jumble of opinions, information, and misinformation on the Web. Now more than ever, The Nursing Mother’s Companion is the go-to guide every new mother should have at hand”


Pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn : the complete guide by Penny Simkin

Call Number: 618.2 Sim

You need to make informed decisions during your pregnancy and postpartum period. Even with the abundant information available through the internet, it’s good to have a book that brings you the latest and most effective information so that you can take control of your pregnancy.


Unlatched : the evolution of breastfeeding and the making of a controversy by Jennifer Grayson        

Call Number: 649.33 Gra

“Since the rise of artificial formula, we have turned a biological process into a never-ending controversy: A mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son on the cover of Time magazine sets off a firestorm. Facebook takes down photos of women nursing, citing the content as “offensive.” The pope weighs in, urging mothers to nurse their children in church or elsewhere “without thinking twice.” So how did we get here? What are the consequences of surrendering eons of human evolution for a mode of feeding so alien? Growing up, journalist Jennifer Grayson thought nothing of the fact that she was bottle-fed. But when she became a mother, Grayson considered the impact of missing out on this profound connection. Her book is a worldwide search for answers about the first, most fundamental experience of newborn life. From biblical times to eighteenth-century France, from modern-day Mongolia to inner-city Los Angeles–Unlatched uncovers astonishing cultural, corporate, political, and technological factors at the heart of our contemporary breastfeeding disconnection,”


We’re pregnant! : the first-time dad’s pregnancy handbook by Adrian Kulp    

Call Number: 618.24 Kul

Being a great first-time dad doesn’t mean being perfect. It means having the tools you need to be a supportive partner during and after pregnancy–which is exactly what We’re Pregnant! The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook is all about. From heartburn and headaches to birth and breastfeeding, We’re Pregnant! features practical, action-oriented pregnancy advice from the author of the Dad or Alive blog, Adrian Kulp, a (once clueless) dad who’s been there and done that–three times, in fact!

The following resources are available for supporting breastfeeding in NWA:

Breastfeeding Support Groups:

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas
Weigh in Wednesdays 1-2pm
2710 S Rife Medical Lane
Rogers AR 72758
(479) 338-8000


Washington Regional Medical Center
1st Thursday of Every Month 2-3pm
Women and Infants Tower
3215 N Northhills Blvd
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 463-1619


Northwest Medical Center Bentonville
Varying times
3000 Medical Center Parkway
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 553-1255


Kim Pierson
2nd Thursday of the month at 10 am
Fort Smith Public Library
3201 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72903
(479) 410-4360



WIC- If qualified for WIC and meet qualifications for pump: Free 1-800-445-6175


Collier Drug Stores
Breast Pump Rental
Washington and Benton County


Arkansas WIC
Helpline: 1-800-445-6175


Community Programs

Tiny Tusks Breastfeeding Support
University of Arkansas
Athletics: Football, Basketball, and Gymnastics
Healthy Start
University of AR for Medical Sciences Northwest
1125 N College Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 713-8661

Free home visiting program with education and care coordination and interpretation for Spanish and Marshallese speakers.


Breastfeeding Program
University of AR for Medical Sciences Northwest
1125 N. College Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 713-8690



Arkansas Breastfeeding Helpline 1-844-344-0408- interpretation available in multiple languages


Office on Women’s Health (OWH) Helpline
Mon-Fri 9-6 ET
English and Spanish: 1-800-994-9662


University of Arkansas Medical Sciences


Milk Depot

Arkansas Breastfeeding Helpline


Washington Regional-Approved Donor Milk Drop Off Site
3215 N. Northhills Blvd
Fayetteville, AR 72703
3rd Floor