Praeclarus Press

Education in Perinatal and Women's Health

Evidence-based courses on topics in maternity care, parenting, and women's health.

the realties of new motehrhood

Birth and Breastfeeding

Birth and breastfeeding remain key content areas for us. We continue to feature new and exciting content.


Trauma affects millions worldwide and it is another key topic for us. Our courses feature cutting-edge trauma research.

Provider Mental Health

It's challenging to work in women's health and we want to support care providers. Studies show that providers who are mentally healthy give the best care.

Welcome to Praeclarus Press

We're so glad you are here.

Our mission is to provide evidence-based infomation to parents and professionals in maternity care and women's health. Our passion is changing lives.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

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 the chair 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 490 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 40 books.

The new ultimate guide to successful breastfeeding

Let’s face it; postpartum is hard, no matter how you feed your baby. Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck is a unique breastfeeding book in that it shows mothers how to navigate their breastfeeding journey while also caring for their mental health. Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is both a psychologist and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, with more than 30 years’ experience in both lactation and mental health. Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck contains information that you will not find in other breastfeeding books such as a thorough discussion of breastfeeding’s impact on sleep, safe (and unsafe) bedsharing, and how where babies sleep impacts their mothers’ mental health.

It includes an in-depth and practical discussion of social support. Most breastfeeding books tell mothers they need “support,” but are often vague about what it is or how they can get it. Unfortunately, people often try to “help,” but undermine breastfeeding in the process. This book describes what effective help looks like and gives specific suggestions for partners, grandmothers, and friends who want to help. Mothers will also learn how to navigate healthcare systems that can often undermine breastfeeding and mental health.

Formula companies tell mothers that all of their problems will be solved if only they would switch. It’s not true; these issues will still be there even if mothers stop breastfeeding. These are the “five I’s of new motherhood”: idleness, isolation, incompetence, identity, and intensity. If mothers are unprepared for these feelings, they can undermine both her breastfeeding and her mental health.

Finally, Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck provides information on common breastfeeding problems, such as nipple pain and low milk supply, but always keeping mothers’ mental health in mind. Breastfeeding, when it’s going well, protects mothers’ mental health. Conversely, breastfeeding problems increase the risk of depression and anxiety. Addressing breastfeeding problems supports mothers’ mental health. The ultimate goal of this book is that mothers and babies navigate postpartum and come through it happy, healthy, and securely attached.