Northland Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a breastfeeding friendly children's book challenge for World Breastfeeding Week 2013. Here's our list so far. Please share with us any books you have found.
Children’s Books with breastfeeding images or stories (alphabetical by author)
When You Were Inside Mommy
This 28 page book is colorfully illustrated in watercolor. It details how a baby starts as an egg (the text says, “In the beginning you were just one tiny cell. Half of the cell came from your mommy, and the other half came from your daddy”, and how grows into a baby inside a mother’s womb, during pregnancy, and is born.
How You Were Born
By Joanna Cole
Photographs by Margaret Miller
Morrow Junior Books, 1993
A clear and helpful book about conception, fetal development and birth is illustrated with color photographs of parents and children from many racial backgrounds. The 1984 edition with same text and black and white photos by Hella Hammid and others is also still available in paperback and has a lovely breastfeeding illustration. (ages 3 - 11)
Will There Be a Lap for Me?
By Dorothy Corey
Illustrated by Nancy Poydar
Albert Whitman & Company, 1992
Preschooler Kyle, from a middle class African-American family, misses his special place on his mother's lap as her pregnancy advances and the new baby arrives. A full page illustration shows Mother nursing the new baby with Kyle beside her on the sofa. Kyle is sad that the baby needs to eat so often, but Mother makes room on her lap and special time in her day for him again. (ages 3 - 8)
We Have a Baby
By Cathryn Falwell
Clarion Books, 1993
This is a picture book for the very young child with a new sibling. Just 32 pages long, with only a few words on each page, the book shows a loving family with both parents actively involved in the care of the toddler and the new baby. The mother is shown nursing the baby, her arm around the toddler who is nestled against her and eating milk and a cookie. (ages 1 - 3)
The Best Gifts
By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Illustrated by Halina Below
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1998
Growing up from infancy to adulthood, Sara receives the most important gifts from her parents (including breastfeeding, time, love and caring) and passes them on to her own baby son. (ages 4 – 8)
Mama, Daddy, Baby and Me
By Lisa Gewing
Illustrated by Donna Larimer
Spirit Press, 1989.
The very simple, rhymed text and appealing illustrations show a family welcoming a new baby, told from the toddler sibling's point of view. One picture of the mother and baby nursing. (ages 2 - 4)
Happy Birth Day!
By Robie H. Harris
Illustrated by Michael Emberley
Candlewick Press, 1996
A mother tells her child about her hospital birth and first day of life. Large, beautiful illustrations capture the essence of a newborn baby breastfeeding and falling asleep cuddled up with both parents. (ages 3 - 8)
Baby’s My New Baby
By Annie Kubler
Child's Play (International) Ltd., 2000
This 14 page, wordless board book shows a toddler helping his family to care for the new baby. Two breastfeeding pictures. (ages 1 – 2)
This 25 book is a beautiful photo documentary about “Baby Neil”. The story follows him from birth through his first birthday. The photographs are big and bright, and illustrate tenderness and love from Neil’s whole family (Mom, Dad, and two Big Sisters) as he grows. He’s shown happy and crying and doing lots of different “baby” activities.
The World Is Full of Babies!
By Mick Manning and Brita Granström
Delacorte Press, 1996
With humorous, engaging text and bright, attractive illustrations, the authors explain how human and animal babies grow and develop. An East Asian mother is shown nursing her baby. (ages 2 - 6)
By Mick Manning
Illustrated by Brita Granström
Albert Whitman & Company, 2001
A wide variety of human and animal mothers feed, shelter, talk, play with, protect, cuddle and nurse their babies to sleep. (ages 3 – 6)
We Like to Nurse
By Chia Martin
Illustrated by Shukyo Lin Rainey
Hohm Press, 1995
Paperbound Fourteen animal pairs are shown nursing in bright, flat pictures with simple text, ending with a human mother and baby. A favorite of breastfed toddlers. (ages 1 - 3)
One Round Moon and a Star for Me
By Ingrid Mennen
Illustrated by Niki Daly
Orchard Books, 1994
A new baby girl is lovingly welcomed in rural South Africa. Her older brother is reassured of his place and belonging in the family. Beautiful color illustrations show Mama nursing the new baby. Close father - son relationship. (ages 3 - 8)
Look What I See! Where Can I Be? In the Neighborhood
By Dia L. Michels
Photographs by Michael J. N. Bowles
Platypus Media, LLC, 2001.
Clues help children to guess where the baby wakes up as a busy family explores a multicultural urban neighborhood. The baby is carried in a sling, a front pack, a back pack, a stroller, and a wagon. The last picture shows the mother and baby nursing outdoors on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. (ages 2 – 4)
If My Mom Were A Platypus: Animal Babies and Their Mothers
By Dia L. Michels
This 61 page book is illustrated with colorful paintings and detailed brown and white sketches. The book features 14 animals (including humans) and details their birth process, early growth and feeding, what the animals eat and do as they grow, when they leave their mothers, and other interesting facts.
Breastmilk makes my tummy yummy
By Cecilia Moen
Midsummer Press, Sweden 1999
This book is ideal for a nursing toddler. Simple, rhymed verse accompanies the multicultural illustrations of babies and toddlers nursing in various situations: when angry or sad, in the bathtub, when mummy is on the phone, in a family bed, etc. Tandem nursing is also shown: “Two can breastfeed without fuss, there is room for both of us.” (ages 2 – 4)
How Was I Born?
By Lennart Nilsson and Lena Katarina Swanberg
Illustrated with color photographs by Lennart Nilsson
Delacorte Press, 1994
A Swedish preschooler tells the story of her baby brother's birth. Three lovely photographs show the new baby nursing just after birth. Additional text explains conception, birth and the growth and development of babies. 80 pages long. (ages 4 - 8)
I’m Made of Mama’s Milk
In simple rhyming verse, a blissful and contented nursling describes her love for nursing, how breastfeeding benefits her, and when, where and how she nurses her mother. Colorful and dreamy soft-focus images realistically depict the joyful and sensual bond between the mother and child as well as the support and adoration of the father.
Michele, the Nursing Toddler
A Story about Sharing Love is a story about growing up in a family that loves to the fullest. With mother's milk and daddy's hugs and special visits from grandparents, Michele blooms from an infant to a toddler, developing confidence and pride along the way. First-time author Jane M. Pinczuk brings reality to this whimsical, rhyming children's story by writing about her own daughter. The book features captivating watercolor illustrations for multicultural appeal for children and adults alike.
The Wonder of Mother's Milk
By Mishawn Purnell-O'Neal
Illustrated by Dana T.C. Simpson
The Wonders of Mother's Milk is a multicultural information book for the 5 plus age group that presents a positive view of breastmilk and breastfeeding. Children will love the illustrations of families going about their days with mother nursing close by. (ages 5 - 8)
By Lizzy Rockwell
Crown Publishers, 1999
A young boy describes his mother's pregnancy, his sister's hospital birth, homecoming and first day at home. One nice breastfeeding illustration. (ages 3 - 6)
Mama’s Milk/Mama Me Alimenta
This book is lovely. Each page features a gouache drawing of different mammals feeing their babies. The text is simple, rhyming, and written in two languages on each page – English and Spanish. There are several pictures of human mothers nursing their babies...
What Baby Needs
By William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN, and Christie Watts Kelly
Little Brown & Company, 2001
The needs of a new baby are described in terms a preschooler can understand and relate to. The baby is carried in a sling and sleeps in the parents' room. The father is very involved in this baby's care. Feelings of the older siblings are recognized as the book models many positive ways for children to interact with a new baby. Includes two nice breastfeeding pictures and one of bottle feeding mother's milk.
A companion book about pregnancy, Baby on the Way, explains the emotional and physical changes that occur when a mother is expecting a new baby. Includes a nice breastfeeding illustration. (ages 3 – 6)
Only the Cat Saw
By Ashley Wolff
Originally published in 1982
Walker and Company, 1996 (softcover)
In this colorful picture book the cat sees all the details in a typical 24 hour day in the life of a busy farm family. The mother is shown breastfeeding the baby in a rocking chair at dawn. (ages 3 - 8)
By Genichiro Yagyu
First published in Japan in 1989
Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1999.
Alternately silly and tender, this book introduces young children to the real purpose of women's breasts: feeding babies. (ages 5 - 8)