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Today, Aug. 7, marks the last “official” day of World Breastfeeding Week. However, because there is still quite a bit on the subject that I’d like to write about, I plan to blog more about breastfeeding throughout the month of August.
If you are a breastfeeding mama, you might want to consider adding some children’s books about breastfeeding to your library. They are fun to read with your nurslings (kids love reading about one of their favorite things – mama’s milk!), and also come in handy to read to slightly older siblings when a new baby joins the family. The good news is there are several great books out there to choose from.
We have I’m Made of Mama’s Milk by Mary Olsen and Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy by Cecilia Moen and I like them both a lot. I wish I’m Made of Mama’s Milk had better quality pictures in it, but the story and rhyming are fun nonetheless. Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy also has some cute rhymes in it, and includes drawings of children of different ethnicities breastfeeding, as well as toddlers nursing and tandem nursing. Both books have been favorite bedtime stories in this house with Ava, and I’m sure they will continue to be appreciated by Julian as well.
Another breastfeeding book that we will be adding to our library soon is Near Mama’s Heart by Colleen Newman. I won this book from the Attachment Parenting International online auction, and am excited to get it. “Near Mama’s Heart, with colorful photos of nursing babies and their families, describes the power of breastfeeding from a child’s perspective.” (It is also available in Spanish.)
Here are some more books about breastfeeding for kids:
Mama’s Milk by Michael Elsohn Ross
The Best Gifts by Marsha Skrypuch
We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin
Michele: The Nursing Toddler – A Story about Sharing Love by Jane M. Pinczuk (I’m especially interested in learning more about this one since it’s specifically about a nursing toddler. Might have to buy a copy.)
Another book I found while browsing Amazon that’s not specifically about breastfeeding, but is all about baby wearing is A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World by Emery Bernhard. It looks like a great book to add to any AP-friendly children’s library.
I’d be happy to add more children’s books about breastfeeding to the list if anyone knows of more. Thanks!
Here are the rest of my posts about breastfeeding from the past week:
Lastly, thank you to everyone who sent in your breastfeeding pictures for the collage. I will be sharing it later in the week. :)
Edited to add: Elizabeth at The Whole Family is giving away a set of 10 breastfeeding encouragement cards in honor of WBW.
The cards say:
“I just wanted to pass along this little note to let you know how much I appreciate seeing you, a fellow mother, nursing your child in public. You are setting a wonderful example for other mothers and future mothers and showing our children how normal yet beautiful breastfeeding is.”
Want to win? Go check out her giveaway.