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A Ride on Mother's Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World
by Emery Bernhard
Baby-wearing is not some new age, feel good idea. Cultures the world over carry their babies as mothers, grandfathers, everyone in the family goes about their day. Emery and Durga Bernhard’s delightful book, “A Ride on Mother’s Back,” is lovingly illustrated with images from all over the world. Learn how the Inuits, the Yanomama, Papuans and others carry their babies through the day.


Michele: The Nursing Toddler - A Story about Sharing Love - by Jane M. Pinczuk
A Story about Sharing Love is a story about growing up in a family that loves to the fullest. With mother's milk and daddy's hugs and special visits from grandparents, Michele blooms from an infant to a toddler, developing confidence and pride along the way. First-time author Jane M. Pinczuk brings reality to this whimsical, rhyming children's story by writing about her own daughter. The book features captivating watercolor illustrations for multicultural appeal for children and adults alike.

If My Mom Were a Platypus: Animal Babies and Their Mothers
by Dia L. Michels
In this beguiling approach to biology, elementary and middle graders can learn how animals eat, sleep and learn from birth to maturity. Told from the point of view of fourteen baby mammals, including the Least Shrew, Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, Elephant, Koala, Platypus, Pacific Blue Whale, Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey, Giraffe, Lion, Hooded Seal, and Human. Detailed illustrations and scrupulously researched text. Endangered species highlighted.


We Like to Nurse
by Chia Martin
Human babies aren’t the only ones who like to nurse. Leopards, elephants, monkeys, llamas, to name a few. Bold colors and simple pictures and words celebrate the special bond between mothers and babies of different types. Nursing children really love this book because it shows them other types of babies enjoying their mother’s milk too!

I Love You the Purplest
by Barbara M. Joosse
What’s a mother of two boys to do when she’s asked, “Mama, do you love me more?” In Barbara Joosse’s story, “I Love You the Purplest,” the mother replies with love, beautiful imagery and near poetry.


The Best Gifts
illustrated by Halina Below
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
A moving story illustrated with watercolors, “The Best Gifts” shows Sara welcomed by her family with all sorts of gifts. Her mother gives Sara the “best gift,” time to nurse. We watch Sara grow into a loving mother who, like her own mother, nurses her new son, giving him the “best gift.”

I'm Made of Mama's Milk - The Breastfeeding Book for Children
by Mary Olsen
"I’m Made of Mama’s Milk" beautifully and realistically portrays the intimate relationship between the author, Mary Olsen, and her breastfed daughter. In simple rhyming verse, the blissful and contented nursling describes her love for nursing, how breastfeeding benefits her, and when, where and how she nurses Colorful and dreamy soft-focus images depict the sensual bond between mother and child as well as the support and adoration of the father. This sturdy, high quality 24-page board book for children is unique, universal and timeless, destined to inspire all those who read it, gaze at it or drool on its’ pages.



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Simply Natural Baby Food: Easy Recipes for Delicious Meals Your Infant and Toddler Will Love
by Cathe Olson
Simply Natural Baby Food shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to create wholesome meals, snacks and beverages for your infant and toddler. The author also offers many practical tips on how to make mealtime fun for your toddler and how to establish life-long, healthy eating habits. While the book focuses on unprocessed, plant-based nutrition, some recipes do contain dairy products, fish or poultry. Vegetarian or vegan alternatives are suggested for most of these recipes. Many recipes are also free of wheat, eggs and dairy for children with food sensitivities.


Gentle Healing for Baby and Child - A Parent's Guide to Child-Friendly Herbs and Other Natural Remedies for
Common Ailments and Illnesses- by Andrea Candee
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The Detox Diet: A How-To & When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body by Elson M. Haas


Baby Matters, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring for Your Baby by Dr. Linda Folden Palmer Read about the book


Scroll through the list of at least 10 homeopathy books for you and your family by Dana Ullman

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) by James Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, William Sears


Natural Medicine for Children by Julian Scott and Julian Scott Jr.
Don’t like to grab for the aspirin or ibuprofen when your child has a fever? Are there other ways to help your child regain and maintain health without drugs? “Natural Medicine for Children” by Julian Scott, Ph.D., offers many alternatives for treating childhood illnesses. With a Traditional Chinese Medicine base, Dr. Scott offers information about herbs, flower essences, homeopathy and massage with a focus on children.



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Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition by Marilyn M. Shannon
Self help for irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, male infertility, pregnancy, infertility, PMS, painful periods, premenopause, repeated miscarriages.


Wise Woman Herbal Series by Susun Weed.
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1. The Childbearing Year
Susun Weed’s focus is to educate regular folks about using common plants to heal and maintain health. This volume covers pre-conception, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and newborn needs. She includes information about homeopathic remedies, visualization and other alternative safe methods for healing.

Wise Woman Herbal Series by Susun Weed.
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1. The Childbearing Year
2. Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
3. Menopausal Years
4. Healing Wise


Wise Woman Herbal Series by Susun Weed.
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3. Menopausal Years
First published in 1992, Susun Weed has updated her “menopause bible." Over 350,000 women have chosen strong bones and healthy hearts without recourse to hormones. Susun covers all manner of issue arising from a woman’s body’s greatest change. A treasure trove of accessible, reliable, non-drug remedies.

Wise Woman Herbal Series by Susun Weed.
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4. Healing Wise
The first volume in the Wise Woman Herbal series, Susun Weed details introduces us the Wise Woman tradition, an ancient healing method that uses herbs and plants to heal and help us attain the best health we can achieve. She highlights several plants you may be pulling out of your lawn as powerful allies to health. Includes clear illustrations and recipes of all kinds.



Scroll through the list of at least 10 homeopathy books for you and your family by Dana Ullman



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The Nursing Mother's Herbal (The Human Body Library) by Sheila Humphrey
Sheila Humphrey is an RN, Lactation Consultant and a La Leche League Leader. She knows breastfeeding. Her book, A Nursing Mother’s Herbal, answers questions about the effects of herbs, dietary supplements and other natural products may have on nursing mothers and their babies.



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Nurture Your Child's Gift: Inspired Parenting
Explains the building blocks of esteem, expression, and empowerment; and shows parents how to plant the seeds of success in their children through mind-body techniques.



The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart
by Jan Hunt
The Natural Child makes a compelling case for a return to attachment parenting, a child-rearing approach that has come naturally for parents throughout most of human history. In this insightful guide, parenting specialist Jan Hunt links together attachment parenting principles with child advocacy and homeschooling philosophies, offering a consistent approach to raising a loving, trusting, and confident child.

 No Cry Sleep Solution

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

A classic in communication. Easy to understand, illustrated with cartoons, lots of ways to improve your communication skills with your children. These women have conducted seminars nationwide. Using examples from participants, Faber and Mazlish give you practical, reasonable tools to use as soon as you open the book.

Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times
by Zoe Weil
Above All, Be Kind teaches parents how to raise their children to be humane in the broadest, sense. Such children will not only be kinder and more compassionate in their interactions with family and friends, they will also grow up to make life choices that demonstrate respect and responsibility for the environment, other species, and all people, and will help create a better world.


Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Another classic from Faber and Mazlish, “Siblings Without Rivalry” covers some of the same ground as “How to Talk” but with the emphasis being on getting brothers and sisters to communicate with each other and you. Same great illustrations and practical coping tools

Hidden Messages : What Our Words and Actions Are Really Telling Our Children
by Elizabeth Pantley
In Hidden Messages, parent and educator Elizabeth Pantley shares stories drawn from hundreds of parents that demonstrate how they unknowingly send their kids negative messages through their words and actions. After each story she provides a gentle lesson by showing the child's perspective on the same scenario and offers suggestions for specific changes parents can make to improve the hidden messages behind their words and deeds


Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child by Katie Allison Granju, Betsy Kennedy (Contrib.), William Sears (Intro.)

The bestselling parenting guide featured on "Oprah" and "Dateline" revised and updated with 50 new signs to allow adults to communicate with their baby before baby can talk.


Sign With Your Baby Complete Learning Kit (ASL-based Book, Training Video & Quick Reference Guide combination) by Joseph Garcia

Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting by Peggy O'Mara


The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do To Help Their Kids Turn Out Well by William and Martha Sears with Elizabeth Pantley

by Maria Blois
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The book is a comprehensive resource about babywearing. Dr. Blois covers the history and benefits of attachment parenting and where baby wearing fits in. She describes in words and pictures ways to carry your baby. She includes reviews of various baby carriers - packs, pouches and slings - to allow you to make your own best choice.







Lamaze’s Top 10 Books for Expectant Families
Resources to help guide women and their families through the various decisions that will be made during pregnancy and early parenting.


Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition by Marilyn M. Shannon
Self help for irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, male infertility, pregnancy, infertility, PMS, painful periods, premenopause, repeated miscarriages.





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