In support of breastfeeding mothers around the world, I’d like to point out a couple of picture books that depict breastfeeding. Despite breastfeeding becoming more and more mainstream in the United States, it is still pretty rare to see it in books for children.
George Ancona’s Come and Eat! is back in print as of this month. The book isn’t about breastfeeding–it is about different foods eaten around the world–but the first photograph shows a nursing mother with her baby. All babies start out drinking milk from their mother, it says. From there, we travel the world in photographs that feature food in all its variety. What a fun way to explore diversity with kids!
Mama’s Milk by Michael Elsohn Ross is the most direct look at breastfeeding I’ve seen in picture book form. It really is a celebration of breastfeeding pairs in the animal world. It begins with a human mother and baby, and as we turn the pages we see pigs, horses, and other animals nursing their young. This is a great opportunity to remind kids of one thing that we have in common with other animals. As the Publisher’s Weekly review put it, it is “an ode to all things maternal.”
I’ve compiled a short list of the picture books I’ve found that show breastfeeding here. Please feel free to share any others you’ve found. I’d love to add them to my list!