I have a comprehensive review of just about every breastfeeding-themed kids' book I could find coming up on the Motherlove Blog soon, but I wanted to point out two new books which I really love:
Here are links to just about all of the breastfeeding books I've reviewed for this blog.
The Mystery of the Breast, by Victoria de Aboitiz, is a brand new addition to the kids' breastfeeding books list. Told from the point of view of an older sister, the "mystery," is why her baby brother spends so much time on his mother's breast. The sister asks a question on each page: "How does the milk come out from the breast? Does breastmilk taste sweet or sour? Why does everyone seem more tired but happier than they used to be?"
In the end the child solves the mystery of the breast, concluding "They mystery of the breast can turn a noisy storm of tears into laughter, calm, and soft singing." This is a beautiful book, from its sweet and colorful illustrations to its evocative text. A new classic!
In it a mother explains her breastfeeding relationship to her (now weaned) son. It begins with the moments after birth and stretches into infancy and toddlerhood, to weaning, explaining what life was like for this nursing couple. The down-to-earth narrative ("Often I was breastfeeding you while doing something else at the same time: stirring the saucepan, talking on the phone...") combine with dreamlike illustrations featuring the mother's flowing hair to evoke the pragmatic as well as ethereal nature of the breastfeeding experience. There is a twist at the end which we won't reveal. Get it and see for yourself!
*I was provided review copies of these books.