Praeclarus Press & APA present:

Breastfeeding Doesn't Need to Suck

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Breastfeeding Doesn't Need to Suck is an upcoming breastfeeding guide by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett. This book is a modern guide to breastfeeding with an emphasis on your mental health, comfort, and autonomy.

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The Goals of this Book for Mothers

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Many mothers experience pain while breastfeeding, but despite what you might hear, it is not a normal part of breastfeeding. There are many causes of pain and it shouldn't be ignored. In addition to making you miserable, pain may also mean that your baby is not transferring milk. The causes of pain should be addressed as quickly as possible so that you can be pain-free.



Many new mothers worry about their babies getting enough to eat. The good news is that you can know. This book teaches you how to know that your baby is getting enough from you and how to spot potential problems early.

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In Control

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Good Mental Health

In the early days of breastfeeding, it's easy to feel out of control. Everything is new and different and you wonder if you will ever figure it out. The good news is that you can soon start feeling back in control. While breastfeeding is natural, it is also learned. If it’s learned, then you and your baby can learn it.

Every bit of breastfeeding that you do is important for your baby, but you are important too. If breastfeeding is miserable, let's address to causes and figure out how to make it better for you. The goal is to walk you through this time. You deserve respect, to be cared for, and to be listened to—your opinion matters. If breastfeeding sucks, let's fix it.

About the author


Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2019 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 470 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 39 books. Her most recent books include Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), and The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical (2018, Praeclarus). Her forthcoming book is called Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck (in press, American Psychological Association).

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