Our favorite reference books and websites

March 23, 2015

In our work crafting herbal products to support the mothering journey, we've come to rely on certain books and websites for key information. 

These books and websites are like trusted friends - sharing wisdom and insight on topics close to our hearts.  We turn to them again and again.

We are happy to share our list of favorites with you below.  We recommend them to you and hope you enjoy them!

Herbal and breastfeeding reference books

Botanical Safety Handbook, Ed. Michael McGuffin, et. al. American Herbal Products Association, CRC Press, 2013.

The Complete German Commission E Monographs: TherapeuticGuide to Herbal Medicines, Ed. Mark Blumenthal, et. al., The American Botanical Council, Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998.

The Essential Guide To Herbal Safety, Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, Elsevier Inc., 2005.

Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy & Lactation, Edward Mills, Jean-Jacques Duguoa, Dan Perri, Gideon Koren, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006.

Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Fourth Edition, Francis Brinker, N.D., Eclectic Medical Publications, 2010.

Medications and Mothers’ Milk, Thomas W. Hale, Ph.D., Hale Publishing, 2014.


Womens Health, Pregnancy and Lactation

Botanical Medicine For Women’s Health, Aviva Romm, Churchill Livingstone, 2010.

Breastfeeding With Comfort and Joy, Laura Keegan, R.N., F.N.P., Lifeforce Family Health Care, 2008.

Herbal Healing for Women: Simple Home Remedies for Womenof All Ages, Rosemary Gladstar, Fireside, 1993.

Herbal Remedies for Women, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Prima Publishing, 1997.

Mother Food, Hillary Jacobson, Pagefree Publishing, 2004.

The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, Diana West, IBCLC and Lisa Marasco, M.A., IBCLC, McGraw Hill, 2008.

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and OtherHolistic Choices, Aviva Jill Romm, Celestial Arts, 2003.

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, Kathleen Huggins, Harvard Common Press, 2015.

The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, Sheila Humphrey, BSc, RN, IBCLC, Fairview Press, 2003.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League International, Ballantine Books, 2010.

Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: AlternativeTherapies and Integrative Medicine, Tori Hudson, Keats/NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, 1999.

Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Tieraona Low Dog, Elsevier, Inc, 2005.


General Herb Information: Growing, Field Guides and Medicine Making

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West, Gregory L. Tilford, Mountain Press Publishing, 1997.

From Earth To Herbalist, An Earth-Conscious Guide to Medicinal Plants, Gregory L. Tilford, Mountain Press Publishing, 1998.

Growing 101 Herbs That Heal: Gardening Techniques,Recipes, and Remedies, Tammi Hartung, Storey Books, 2000.

Healing Plants of the Rocky Mountains, Darcy Williamson, From the Forest, 2002.

The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual, James Green, Crossing Press, 2000.

Home Herbal, Penelope Ody, DK Publishing, 1995.

Making Plant Medicine, Richo Cech, Horizon Herbs, 2000.

Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West, Michael Moore, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2003.                                                                 

Planting The Future, Edited By Rosemary Gladstar and Pamela Hirsch, Healing Arts Press, 2002.

Pocket Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants, Fifth Edition, Kathryn Higgins, Motherlove Herbal Company, 2013.


Websites: Breastfeeding Information 

La Leche League


Best for Babes Foundation

Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Surgeries

Breastfeeding Law

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