Children like books they can relate to. Sure, they want to learn, but they also want to see something about themselves reflected in the story. These five books are great for normalizing breastfeeding. They are also great for helping a child prepare for being a big brother or sister.Mama's Milk
by Michael Elsohn Ross
Mama's Milk celebrates the nursing bond between mammals and their babies. It's a great book for storytime with your breastfeeding child or the older sibling who may wonder mom will feed the new baby. This tender look at humans and animals breast-feeding in their natural habitats offers fascinating nursing facts too. For Example: Kangaroo milk is pink! And Calf elephants may nurse up to 5 years!
Board books are great for little ones to join in the fun. This one has a flap and the story takes you through all of the things that baby can relate too with other animals. One page shows an adorable mouse who "likes tasty oats." When your child lifts the flap it reads, "Me too!" and shows a baby messily spooning oatmeal.
Another page makes the connection with mother's milk when a"Lamb likes warm milk." Under the flap it reads, "Me too!
When a little girl’s baby brother is born, she begins to investigate the ‘mystery of the breast’ as she sees her mother breastfeed the new arrival. This beautifully illustrated book reminds children and adults alike of the special bond between mother and baby, and is especially suited to be read with older siblings of breastfed babies.
Ruby’s baby Brother
by Kathryn White
The storyline of this book doesn't focus on breastfeeding, but it includes an illustration of baby at the breast.
In the story, Ruby’s mom is having a baby, but Ruby is not very happy about it. She knows that
babies are smelly and noisy, and she is sure that he will steal all her toys! When baby
Leon comes along, will she change her mind about having a baby brother?
The illustrations of this book primarily follow a multicultural family from a summer morning on the beach through a busy day and night. A boy, his younger sister, and their parents experience a farmer's market, a lakeside pavilion, a soaking rain, a warm meal in a cozy café, a gathering of musical kin, and a quiet night at home. Other families are also depicted, and readers can follow many of their activities as they overlap and connect with the main characters. The folks in this small, diverse community experience what a summer day has to offer, including sun, wind, storm, and a sense of contentment and well-being. The reader sees many examples of attachment parenting, including baby-wearing, and breastfeeding
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