Children's Books that Show Breastfeeding
Collected by Anne Altshuler, RN, MS, IBCLC
Updated April 28, 2002
Ahlberg, Janet and Allan. The Baby's Catalogue. Full color illustrations by the authors. 32 pages. Kestrel Books, 1982. Little, Brown & Co., 1982. Hardcover (ISBN 0-316-02037-0) $15.95. Picture Puffins, 1984. Paperback (ISBN 0-14-050.385-4). Out of print. Little, Brown & Co., 1986. Paperback (ISBN 0-316-02038-9) $5.95. This delightfully illustrated "catalog" for babies or their older siblings follows five British families through a day, from 4 AM to midnight. It is commendable that of all the baby-related images on the cover, bottles are not shown (although a pacifier is partly visible). Bottles are pictured with breakfast foods for two of the families. One baby is shown tearfully refusing a bottle at dinnertime. No babies are pictured holding or drinking from bottles or using pacifiers. The baby that is breastfed is shown nursing at 4 AM and at dinnertime, and being walked by the father at midnight. The same baby appears to be fussy in two other pictures, but is also the youngest baby in the book. This is a very enjoyable book, good for looking at over and over. One family is black, four are white. One has twins.
Aliki. Welcome, Little Baby. Full color illustrations by the author. 24 pages. William Morrow, 1987. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-06810-3) $16.00 Tupelo, 1993. Small size hardcover (ISBN 0-688-12665-0) $4.95. A book with simple text and delicate watercolor illustrations. One shows the mother on her bed in her nightgown, nursing a new baby .
Ancona, George. It's a Baby! Illustrated with black and white photographs by the author. 45 pages. E.P. Dutton, 1979. Hardcover (ISBN 0-525-32598-0) $7.95. Currently out of print. This book follows the growth of baby Pablo over his first year, to show what infants can do at various stages. It states, "Sucking is one of the things a newborn baby knows how to do. This is the way he gets milk from his mother's breast or from a bottle." A full page photo shows the baby nicely latched on. A later page states, "Whether a baby nurses at his mother's breast or drinks from a bottle, he likes to be held and cuddled." Two small photos show the mother breastfeeding and the same mother bottle-feeding the sleeping baby. The book's last page shows 8 small photos of babies, one of an African-American father bottle-feeding a whimpering baby.
Andry, Andrew C. and Steve Schepp. How Babies Are Made. Illustrated with full color paper cuttings by Blake Hampton. 84 pages. Little, Brown & Co., 1968. Revised 1979. Paperback (ISBN 0-316-04227-7) $9.95. "You were born hungry, just like puppies and kittens, and so you had to be fed. You were fed milk from your mother's breasts or from a bottle." A mother is shown nursing a baby in a front pack. A large picture of a bottle is shown also.
Anholt, Lawrence. Sophie and the New Baby. Full color illustrations by Catherine Anholt. 32 pages. Morton Grove, L: Albert Whitman & Company, 2000. Originally published in the United Kingdom by Orchard Books, 1995. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8075-7550-X) $15.95. (website: www.anholt.co.uk) Sophie must wait through spring, summer and fall for the new baby to be born. The text deals mainly with Sophie's mixed feelings about her new brother. Catherine Anholt's delicate, fanciful illustrations include two of the baby breastfeeding. Both are somewhat associated with Sophie's feelings of displacement and jealousy. No bottles or pacifiers.
Anholt, Catherine. Aren't You Lucky! Full color illustrations by the author. 28 pages. Little, Brown and Company, 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-316-04264-1) $14.95. Out of print. A little girl awaits the arrival of a new baby in the family. Her mother is shown breastfeeding the baby in the hospital. A picture of a glum-looking mother nursing with an unhappy big sister beside her at home has the caption, "But sometimes I didn't feel lucky at all." The book is generally appealing and sensitive to the mixed feelings involved in adding a new baby to the family. No bottles are shown, and it is unfortunate that the negative feelings about a new sibling are associated with the picture of nursing. Written as a companion book to When I Was a Baby.
Anholt, Catherine. When I Was a Baby. Full color illustrations by the author. 26 pages. Little, Brown and Company, 1989. Hardcover (ISBN 0-316-04262-5) $11.95. Out of print. Charming illustrations show a white, British family whose only child, a 3 year old daughter, asks about when she was a baby. She is shown as a newborn, breastfeeding in her mother's bed while the father brings breakfast on a tray for the parents to share. The baby's basinette is right beside the mother's side of the bed. A doll bottle and one baby bottle appear in other pictures, but no bottle feeding is shown.
Baker, Sue. The Birds and the Bees. Full color illustrations by the author. 34 pages. Child's Play (International) Ltd., 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-85953-400-6) $9.95. Out of print. This children's book on reproduction shows a mother nursing a baby (with unusual positioning) on the last page. Text: "Human beings are mammals. The gestation period of a baby is nine months. After it is born, it is fed with milk from its mother's breasts." No bottles.
Banish, Roslyn. Let Me Tell You About My Baby. Illustrated with black and white photographs by the author. 64 pages. Out of print. Harper & Row, 1982. Hardcover (ISBN 0-06-020382-X) $12.95. Harper Trophy, 1988. Paperback (ISBN 0-06-446084-3) $3.95. In this picture book a preschooler explains the arrival of his new baby brother, with all the accompanying feelings of anticipation and jealousy. Page 42 shows the mother nursing while the preschooler drives his toy truck on her leg. Text: "Here he gets milk from my Mom's breast." Page 43 shows the father bottle-feeding. "He's always hungry. My Dad gives him a bottle sometimes." This is the only bottle shown in the book. Page 49 shows mother breastfeeding again, a resentful preschooler beside her. "There he is nursing again. I want my Mom to play with me NOW." An honest and well done book with more positive feelings at the end. Outstanding photographs.
Bernhard, Emery. A Ride on Mother's Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World. Full color illustrations by Durga Bernhard. 34 pages. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996. Hardcover (ISBN 0-15-200870-5) $15.00. Babies are shown being carried by various family members as they take part in daily life in cultures around the world. “Newborn Rosha [of Guatemala] snuggles in the folds of the shawl tied around her mother. She rides safe and warm, close to her mother's body. Rosha nurses and sleeps, nurses and sleeps...” Breastfeeding is implied in several other illustrations as well. Interesting pictures and views of ways of life in many different societies, with an emphasis on babies being included. Text is at a level for good readers or for parents to read aloud. Notes at the end of the book give more details on the various cultures. The breastfeeding seems to be identified with the more exotic, third world societies.
Bogart, Jo Ellen. Daniel's Dog. Full color illustrations by Janet Wilson. 32 pages. New York: Scholastic Inc. 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-590-43402-0) Out of print. Daniel, an African American boy, creates an imaginary dog to help him deal with his feelings when a new baby sister joins the family. Colorful, realistic illustrations of Daniel, his Asian-American friend Norman, baby sister Carrie, and mother. The breastfeeding picture shows Daniel reading aloud to his mother and baby sister. This book's strength is in its positive role modeling of good, supportive parenting and its attractive illustrations.
Bradley-McBeth, Anna E. I Eat at Mommy's. Full color illustrations by the author. 41 pages. Big Brain Publishing, LLC, 1999. (Order info: P.O. Box 8791, Silver Spring, MD 20907. (301)587-7194. Fax: (301)588-8661 email: BigBrainPB@aol.com.) Hardcover (ISBN 0-9670636-4-7) $14.99 + $4.00 S&H. Ages 3 - 5(?) Nicely bound, 8 1/2 X 11" size book, self-published by an enthusiastic nursing mother. Long, complex story of a nursing toddler out to change adult attitudes about extended nursing. Both writing and colorful illustrations lack skill, but hold interest.
Brown, Laurie Krasny and Marc Brown. What's the Big Secret?: Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys. Full color illustrations by Marc Brown. 32 pages. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997. Hardcover (ISBN 0-316-10915-0) $15.95. Overview of differences between boys and girls, touch, reproduction, birth, in language suitable for young children. One full page breastfeeding illustration. One small picture of a boy bottle feeding a baby.
Burstein, Fred. Whispering in the Park. Full color illustrations by Helen Cogancherry. 32 pages. Bradbury Press, 1992. Hardcover (ISBN 0-02-715621-4) $13.95. Out of print. Two preschool girls meet in the park and feed the fish in the pond. Their baby siblings get hungry. One baby is shown being nursed on a park bench while the other is being burped. Breastfeeding is discreet, natural and incidental to the story.
Camp, Lindsay. The Biggest Bed in the World. Full color illustrations by Jonathan Langley. 32 pages. First published in the United Kingdom. U.S. edition by Harper Collins, 1999. Hardcover (ISBN 0-06-028687-3) $14.95. Ages 3 - 6. A father tries to create bigger and bigger beds to adapt to the needs of his growing family (eventually 7 children, including twins and triplets). In the end, the parents return to their old double bed, but the kids manage to squeeze in. One breastfeeding picture. Somewhat silly, but nice validation of family bed concept.
Carroll, Teresa. Mommy Breastfeeds Our Baby. Full color illustrations by Linda Gray. 22 pages. NuBaby, Inc., P.O. Box 030132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403, 1990. Softcover (ISBN 0-9626614-0-6) $4.95 + $1.00 shipping & handling. A little girl explains the advantages of breastfeeding for the baby in her family and for all babies. Supportive father and doctor. Includes use of a manual breastpump. The watercolor paintings accompanying the text are colorful and detailed, but artistically a bit amateurish.
Civardi, Anne. The New Baby. Full color illustrations by Stephen Cartwright. 16 pages. Usborne Publishing, Ltd., 1985. Hardcover (ISBN 0-86020-966-0) $3.95. Out of print. Revised edition, 2000. Paperback (ISBN 0-7460-4111X] $$4.95. This small picture book shows 5 year old Lucy and 3 year old Tom and their parents welcoming new baby Susie. One picture, titled "Feeding Susie," shows mother breastfeeding, while Lucy bottle-feeds her doll. Text: "When Susie is hungry, Mom feeds her with milk. Susie will need lots of feeds each day."
Cole, Joanna. How You Were Born. Illustrated with black and white photographs by Hella Hammid and others. 48 pages. William Morrow, 1984. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-01710-X) $12.95. Out of print. Paperback (IBSN 0-688-05801-9) $4.95. This book about birth shows families from all racial backgrounds in lovely photographs. No bottles are pictured. Page 41 shows a baby nursing and gazing up into his mother's eyes. The text states, "When you were hungry you sucked milk from your mother's breast or a bottle."
Cole, Joanna. How You Were Born. Revised and Expanded Edition. Illustrated with full color photographs by Margaret Miller. 48 pages. Morrow Junior Books, 1993. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-12059-8) $15.00. Paperback (ISBN 0-688-12061-X) $4.95. The new color photographs again have a multicultural emphasis. The breastfeeding illustration is different and loses the loving look between mother and baby. The attached text is the same as in the previous edition. No bottles are pictured.
Cole, Joanna. The New Baby at Your House. Illustrated with black and white photographs by Hella Hammid. 48 pages. William Morrow & Co., 1985. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-05806-X) $11.95. Currently out of print. Mulberry Books, 1991. Paperback (ISBN 0-688-07418-9) $5.95. This book to help older siblings cope with the arrival of a new baby shows families of all racial backgrounds. Page 22 states, "Babies are born knowing how to suck. They don't have any teeth, so they can't eat solid food. Instead, they suck milk from their mother's breast or from a bottle." The accompanying photo has a nursing baby who has let go of the breast to gaze up at his mother and older sister. Page 34 shows the same baby being bottle fed. The text reads, "Baby Michael sucks on a bottle. But his big sister, Jocelyn, eats pizza."
Cole, Joanna. The New Baby at Your House. Revised edition. Illustrated with full color photographs by Margaret Miller. 48 pages. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1998. Hardcover $16.00. The new edition of Coleís book features full color photographs with a multicultural emphasis. There are two breastfeeding illustrations and two of bottlefeeding. One two-page spread has breastfeeding and bottle-feeding side-by-side. While less helpful in terms of breastfeeding images than the previous edition, this is still a valuable book for the older sibling when a new baby joins the family.
Corey, Dorothy. Will There Be a Lap for Me? Full color illustrations by Nancy Poydar. 24 pages. Albert Whitman & Company, 1992. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8075-9109-2) $12.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-8075-9110-6) $4.95 Preschooler Kyle, from a middle class African-American family, misses his special place on Mother's lap as her pregnancy advances. A full page picture shows Mother breastfeeding new baby Matt with Kyle beside them on the sofa. Kyle is sad that Matt needs to eat so very often. Although the new baby keeps Mother very busy, there is room on her lap for Kyle once more. No bottles or pacifiers in the book.
Dahl, Tessa. Babies, Babies, Babies. Full color illustrations by Siobhan Dodds. 32 pages. Viking, 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-670-83921-3) $12.95. A pregnant mother tells her son and daughter about new babies, human and animal. "New babies can only drink milk, either from the mother's breast or from a bottle." A colt and piglets are shown nursing, but humans are not. No bottles.
Deutschbein, Mary Joan. Maggie's Weaning. Illustrated with black and white photographs by the author. 24 pages. Moon Gold Press, 1993. Paperback (ISBN 1-885678-08-8) $6.95. Reissued in smaller format by La Leche League International, 1999. Paperback (ISBN 0-912500-58-1) $6.95. 18 pages. In a straightforward and simple text written by a La Leche League leader, preschooler Maggie shares the story of her gradual and gentle weaning process. A helpful note to parents begins the book. Lack of a title on the book spine makes it difficult to shelve in a library or bookstore. Nice for home use. The 1999 edition is small enough to fit in a mother's purse. The photographs have not reproduced well. Key words, printed in purple over the text on each page, are distracting.
Endersby, Frank. Our New Baby. Full color illustrations by the author. 12 pages. Child's Play (International) Ltd., 1985. Board book (ISBN 0-85953-231-3) $3.95. A preschool girl interacts lovingly with her new baby sibling in this wordless board book. One picture shows Mother breastfeeding. No bottles shown.
Esbensen, Barbara Juster. Baby Whales Drink Milk. Full color illustrations by Lambert Davis. 32 pages. Harper Collins, 1994. Hardcover (ISBN 0-06-021551-8) $ Paperback (ISBN 0-06-445119-4) $ A "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" book about humpback whales, emphasizing that whales are mammals and feed their babies milk. "Humans are mammals. Cats, dogs, horses and pigs are mammals too. They all feed their babies milk that comes from their bodies." Shows a human mother holding but not breastfeeding her baby .
Fagerstrom, Grethe and Gunilla Hansson. Our New Baby. Full color illustrations by Gunilla Hansson. 48 pages. Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1982. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8120-5458-X) $9.95. First published in Sweden in 1977, this book follows five year old Peter and eight year old Lucy and their parents through the preparation for and birth of a new baby. Explains conception and birth. Page 42 shows mother nursing the new baby. The hospital pictures show babies sleeping in the nursery, reflecting the 1970's publication date.
Faison, Eleanora. Becoming. Illustrated with line drawings by Cecelia Ercin. 30 pages. Eleanora Patterson Press, Box 343, Putney, VT 05346. 1976. Paperback (ISBN 0-9607432-0-0) $4.50 + $1 P&H. Story of conception, pregnancy and birth, simply told. There is no mention of breastfeeding in the text, but one drawing (page 27) shows the baby nursing with father and older siblings watching.
Falwell, Cathryn. We Have a Baby. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Clarion Books, 1993. Hardcover (ISBN 0-395-62038-4) $14.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-395-73970-5) $5.95. The very simple text and lovely pictures show a family with a light-skinned African-American father, an Asian or Latino mother, and a toddler that could be either a boy or a girl. Both parents are actively involved in care of the toddler and the new baby. "A baby to feed" shows the mother nursing the baby, her arm around the toddler who is nestled against her and eating milk and a cookie. No bottles or pacifiers in this book.
Gee, Robyn. Babies: Understanding Conception, Birth & the First Years. Full color illustrations by Sue Stitt and others. 48 pages. Usborne Publishing, Ltd., 1985. Hardcover $13.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-86020-839-7) $6.95. An Usborne Facts of Life book aimed at age 10 and up. Page 31 shows a baby breastfeeding, though not well-attached. Text states: "Most young babies need food about every three or four hours, though some may want to feed more often than this. The only food they need is milk, which they get from sucking at a breast or bottle. They are born knowing instinctively how to swallow and how to suck." Pages 34-35 are devoted to breastfeeding, with an Asian mother nursing a baby in the cradle hold, and a white mother nursing lying down. Diagrams explain how milk is produced and supply is influenced. Advantages of breastfeeding, importance of support of family and friends, need for rest and nourishing diet are discussed. Pages 36-37 are devoted to bottle feeding, techniques of sterilization and formula preparation, and the proper way to hold a bottle, aimed at teenage baby sitters. The book makes it sound like quite a hassle to prepare formula.
Gewing, Lisa. Mama, Daddy, Baby and Me. Illustrations in black and white and full color by Donna Larimer. 30 pages. Spirit Press, 1989. Hardcover (ISBN 0-944296-04-1) $12.95. Very simple, rhymed text and appealing illustrations show a white family through the preparations, birth and homecoming of the new baby, from the toddler sibling's point of view. The father is actively involved. "See baby eat" shows mother nursing. No bottles or pacifiers.
Greenfield, Monica. The Baby. Full color illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. 14 pages. Harper Festival, 1994. Board book (ISBN 0-694-00577-0) $4.95. Intended for 1 to 4 year olds, the simple descriptions of the activities of an African-American baby show her breastfeeding twice. The last page shows her drinking from a bottle held by her father.
Harris, Robie H. Happy Birth Day! Full color illustrations by Michael Emberley. 28 pages. Candlewick Press, 1996. Hardcover (ISBN 1-56402-424-5) $16.99. A mother tells her child about her hospital birth and first day of life. Graceful, large format illustrations capture the essence of a newborn baby. The first nursing is delayed until after a bath, weighing, and visits from friends and relatives. One beautiful, full-page breastfeeding illustration. No bottles or pacifiers. Baby and parents sleep cuddled up together.
Harris, Robie H. Hi New Baby! Full color illustrations by Michael Emberley. 28 pages. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2000. Hardcover (ISBN 0-7636-0539-5) $16.99. A father talking to his young daughter describes her feelings and reactions to the birth of a baby brother. (This is the same family shown earlier in Happy Birth Day! and the two form companion books. Both are large format books, with Emberley's illustrations perfectly capturing the essence of a newborn's facial expressions.) One picture of the family eating lunch together as the newborn nurses. No bottles shown.
Hedderwick, Mairi. Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted. Full color illustrations by the author. 30 pages. Little, Brown and Company, 1986. Hardcover (ISBN 0-316-35401-5) $12.95. Out of Print. Katie Morag is a little girl who lives on the Scottish Isle of Struay, where her parents run a shop and the Post Office. The arrival of a new baby makes Katie Morag feel so out of sorts that she kicks her beloved teddy bear into the sea. How they are reunited is the focus of the story. Breastfeeding is never mentioned, but one illustration shows the mother with her sweater unbuttoned and breast fully exposed, holding a smiling baby. A charming and beautifully illustrated story.
Hines, Anna Grossnickle. Big Like Me. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Greenwillow Books, 1989. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-08354-4) $15.00. A blond, blue-eyed preschooler tells his baby sister what experiences he'll share with her each month of her first year. The baby is shown breastfeeding at one month old, drinking from a cup at ten months. No bottles. Lots of family activities appropriate to the seasons in a northern climate.
Isadora, Rachel. Over the Green Hills. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Greenwillow Books, 1992. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-10509-2) $14.00. Trumpet Club (Bantam Doubleday Dell), 1995. Paperback (ISBN 0-440-83235-7) $2.95. (P.O. Box 605, Holmes, PA 19043 Tel: 1-800-826-0110 item # 83235) Out of print. A young boy in the Transkei, on the east coast of South Africa, accompanies his mother on a visit to Grandma Zindzi in another village. Baby sister Noma is carried wrapped close on her mother's back, and is shown nursing in one picture.
Jeffers, Susan. (Illustrator). Silent Night. Verses by Joseph Mohr. Full color illustrations by Susan Jeffers. 30 pages. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1984. Hardcover (ISBN 0-525-44144-1) $12.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-525-44431-9 ) $4.99. Out of print. Susan Jeffers' illustrations of the well-known German Christmas carol show Mary discreetly nursing the newborn baby Jesus, surrounded by smiling angels.
Kelley, True. Let's Eat! Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. E. P. Dutton, 1989. Hardcover (ISBN 0-525-44482-3) $11.95. Out of print. This multicultural picture book about foods and eating shows a mother breastfeeding beside 3 other milk drinkers (a baby with a bottle, a boy with a milk carton and straw, and a cat with a bowl of milk) under the topic "Favorite Foods." Under the heading, "Food comes from. . . The Farm" a baby bottle is included with other containers of milk. The topic, "Breakfast," shows a mother nursing a baby in bed. "Dinner" pictures a mother nursing a baby in a rocking chair. A baby bottle is one of many utensils pictured under "Eating Equipment." Lively illustrations will appeal to young children. The emphasis on eating a wide variety foods and the fact that breastfeeding is included make this an appropriate book for clinic waiting areas.
Kelley, True. Look, Baby! Listen, Baby! Do, Baby! Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. E.P. Dutton, 1987. Hardcover (ISBN 0-525-44320-7) $9.95. Out of print. This is a picture book for babies or toddlers to read in an adult's lap. Babies of all races are shown . The opening page on "mouths" shows a toddler drinking from a bottle and an infant crying for a dropped pacifier (along with 15 other mouths). A later page on "throw" shows a toddler dropping a bottle from the high chair and saying, "Yucky!" A page near the end on "eat" shows one mother nursing a small baby, one of eight eating activities pictured. None involve bottles on this page. Not an example of good positioning at the breast, but at least breastfeeding is shown.
Kitzinger, Sheila. Being Born. Color photographs by Lennart Nilsson. 64 pages. Grosset & Dunlap, 1986. Hardcover (ISBN 0-448-18990-9) $17.95. Out of print. Putnam, 1992. Paperback (ISBN 0-399-22225-1) $12.95. Out of print. This book, intended for ages 7 - 12, describes a baby's experience of intrauterine growth and birth. The book ends with the baby's first nursing: "As you lay in your mother's arms you started to turn your head and open your mouth and screw up your eyes and make funny little mewing noises like a kitten. You were telling your mother that you wanted to suck. Already she had milk in her breasts for you. She lifted you to her breast and you opened your mouth wide and latched on. You sucked and sucked until.... You fell asleep." A series of four close-up photographs shows the new baby latching on, sucking, and falling asleep on the mother's breast.
Knight, Margy Burns. Welcoming Babies. Full color illustrations by Anne Sibley O'Brien. 38 pages. Tilbury House, 1994. Hardcover (ISBN 0-88448-123-9) $14.95. Customs and traditions for welcoming babies in many cultures are shared in this beautifully illustrated picture book. A mother nurses her baby outdoors in one picture, as the family plants a tree in the baby's honor. On the next page an African-American father plays with his baby while preparing for their day, with 2 bottles and a carseat pictured in the background.
Kubler, Annie. My New Baby. Full color illustrations. 14 pages. Swindon: Childís Play (International) Ltd., 2000. Hardcover board book (ISBN 0-85953-974-1) $2.99. A toddler helps care for the new baby in his family in this wordless board book. Two breastfeeding pictures, no bottles. Nice role modeling of positive ways for the older sibling to help with a nursing baby. The father is very involved with both children.
Lasky, Kathryn. A Baby for Max. Black and white photographs by Christopher Knight. 48 pages. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1984. Hardcover $11.95. Currently out of print. Aladdin Books, 1987. Paperback (ISBN 0-689-71118-2) $4.95. The author and her photographer husband document the story of the new baby's arrival in the words of preschooler, Max. The baby is shown breastfeeding in the hospital. At home, Max tells how to take care of a baby: "Be very careful of their heads, feed them milk from a mother." No bottles or pacifiers shown.
Lewis, Deborah Shaw and Gregg Lewis. When You Were a Baby. Color photographs by the authors. Design and hand-Tinting by Gary Gnidovic. 48 pp. Peachtree Publishers, 1995. Hardcover (ISBN 1-56145-102-9) $13.95. Tinted photographs tell the story of how new babies are welcomed into families. Of 23 photographs, 3 include an African-American and 3 include an Asian-American child. Bottle feeding and breastfeeding are shown side-by-side, with the nursing mother awkwardly positioned. "Some babies drink a special milk, called formula, from a bottle. Other babies drink a special milk made inside their mothers' bodies. These babies get their milk from their mothers' breasts."
Lewison, Wendy Cheyette. Our New Baby. Color photographs by Nancy Sheehan. 32 pp. Grosset & Dunlop, 1996. Softcover (ISBN 0-448-41147-4) $2.95. Meant for the older sibling, this book shows one breastfeeding photo with baby poorly positioned, but mother (dressed in frilly white) also holding the toddler sibling. Two pictures of bottle feeding suggest that this is the norm. Nicely multicultural, positive approach to being a big brother or sister, accepting of older child's feelings, affordable, with some lovely photographs.
Lindgren, Astrid. I Want a Brother or Sister. Full color illustrations by Ilon Wikland. 30 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Hardcover (ISBN 0-15-239387-0) $10.95. Translated by Barbara Lucas. Out of print. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1988. Hardcover (ISBN 9-12-958778-6) $10.95. Translated by Eric Bibb. This attractive picture book describes the babyhood of the family's three children, including feelings of jealousy. First edition text states that when each baby was hungry (s)he would get milk from mother. Second edition just says mother "fed." One illustration shows the mother breastfeeding baby Lena in another room while preschooler Peter experiments with cutting his own hair. No bottles shown, but breastfeeding is tied to the preschooler's feelings of jealousy of the new baby.
MacKinnon, Debbie. Baby's First Year. Color photographs by Anthea Sieveking. 26 pages. Barron's Educational Series, 1993. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8120-6334-1) $11.95. This bright and attractive large-size book follows a British family of two white parents with two daughters as they welcome a new baby boy into their lives. The photos show Neil as he grows from one day to one year old. Neil is shown breastfeeding at one week old with the text, "Neil drinks milk from his Mommy." No bottle feeding shown. Bottles are part of the decorative border for the breastfeeding illustration.
Manning, Mick and Brita Granström. The World Is Full of Babies. Full color illustrations by the authors. 32 pages. Delacorte Press, 1996. Hardcover (ISBN 0-385-32258-5) $14.95. Out of Print Growth and development of animal and human babies is explained through engaging text and pictures aimed at 2 to 6 year old children. On pages 10 - 11 an East Asian mother is shown nursing her baby with the text: "All over the earth, babies are suckling. You suckled your mom's milk. Some babies drink milk from a bottle. Piglets and tiger cubs, monkeys and humans - all baby mammals drink milk!" One human baby is shown sleeping in a crib, and another carried by Dad in a baby backpack. Appealing, bright, multicultural illustrations.
Manning, Mick. Supermom. Full color illustrations by Brita Granström. 32 pages. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 2001. First published in 1999 in London by Franklin Watts. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8075-7666-2) $15.95. A celebration of mothers and babies of many animal species and a wide variety of human racial and cultural groups. Page 27 has a mother breasdtfeeding at night, with the text, “Human babies can wake up anytime to feed!” Page 24 shows shared sleep. The only mention of father is on the last page where a fox asks, “What about superdad?”
Martin, Chia. We Like to Nurse. Full color illustrations by Shukyo Lin Rainey. 30 pages. Hohm Press, 1995. (P.O. Box 2501, Prescott, AZ 86302) Paperback (ISBN 0-934252-45-9) $9.95. Very simple text and bright, flat pictures show 13 mother-baby animal pairs nursing. The book ends with a dark-complexioned human mother and baby: "We like to nurse." Lack of title on book spine makes it difficult to shelve in a library or bookstore.
Mayle, Peter. Where Did I Come From? The Facts of Life Without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations. Full color illustrations by Arthur Robins. 46 pages. Carol Publishing Group, 1973. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8184-0161-3) $12. Paperback (ISBN 0-8184-0253-9) $6.95. Where Did I Come From? A Guide for Children and Parents. African-American edition. 46 pages. New York: Lyle Stuart, 2000. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8184-0608-9) $14.95. Humorous and frank explanations of body parts, how babies are made, fetal development and birth. Explains what breasts are for and has a full page breastfeeding illustration. The silliness of the text and pictures will appeal to kids ages 8-11. The newer African-American version has all new illustrations similar to the old, but showing African-American families.
McCully, Emily Arnold. The Pirate Queen. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995. Hardcover (ISBN 0-399-22657-5) $16.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-698-11629-1) $6.99. This large-size picture book with dramatic illustrations tells the story of Grania O'Malley, born in Ireland in 1530. She grew up to be a skillful sea captain and pirate, and to meet Queen Elizabeth I of England. One illustration pictures her nursing her day-old infant.
Mennen, Ingrid. One Round Moon and a Star for Me. Full color illustrations by Niki Daly. 32 pages. Orchard Books, 1994. Hardcover (ISBN 0-531-06804-8) $14.95. This collaboration by an author and an illustrator from South Africa describes the birth of a new baby lovingly welcomed in rural Lesotho. The older brother is reassured of his place and belonging in the expanding family. Contains one beautiful, full page illustration of Mama nursing her newborn. Strong and loving father-son relationship.
Meredith, Susan. Where Do Babies Come From? Full color illustrations by Sue Stitt and Kuo Kang Chen. 24 pages. EDC Publishing, 1991. Paperback (ISBN 0-7460-0690-X) $3.95. Out of print. Part of the Usborne Starting Point Science series geared toward younger readers. Explains conception, pregnancy, birth and infancy. All races are represented in the illustrations. Page 3 has a father rushing a bottle to a crying baby, held by the mother. Page 15 shows a mother nursing in the hospital. Pages 18-19 explain breastfeeding and bottle feeding. A diagram of the breast is shown. Breast milk is described as "the best food for a baby." The bottle-feeding illustration shows a father and sibling mixing and sterilizing formula. No babies are shown actually drinking from a bottle or using a pacifier.
Meyers, Susan. Everywhere Babies. Full color illustrations by Marla Frazu. 32 pages. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2001. Hardcover (ISBN 0-15-202226-0) $16.00. Babies are born, kissed, dressed, fed (one breastfeeding picture, two babies bottle-fed on the same two-page spread), rocked, carried (one in a sling), make friends, crawl, walk, etc. Fathers are fully involved in caring for babies. Nicely multicultural.
Michels. Dia. Look What I See! Where Can I Be? In the Neighborhood. Full color photographs by Michael J.N. Bowles. 32 pages. Washington, DC: Platypus Media LLC, 2001. Hardcover (ISBN 930775-00-8) $16.95. A baby wakes each day of the week in a different setting while the family of two parents and two older siblings is out and about in an urban, multicultural neighborhood. The baby travels by wagon, stroller, sling, baby bundler (front carrier), and back pack. The last illustration is of mother nursing the baby on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building. Very simple text goes through the days of the week and can be used as a guessing game.
Moen, Cecilia. Breastmilk makes my tummy yummy. Full color illustrations by the author. 28 pages. Sweden: Midsummer Press, 1999. Hardcover (ISBN 91-630-8253-5) $7.95. This is a book especially for nursing toddlers! Simple rhymed verses accompany illustrations of nursing in many situations: for comfort when angry or sad, in the bathtub, when Mummy is on the phone, in a family bed. Tandem nursing is included: “Two can breastfeed without fuss, there is room for both of us.” Multicultural emphasis in the simple, flat illustrations.
Morgan, Nina. The Human Cycle. Illustrated with color photographs by John Yates. 32 pages. Wayland (Publishers) Ltd, 1993. U.S.: Thomson Learning, 1993. Hardcover (ISBN 1-56847-094-0) $12.95. This book is about conception, fetal development, and growth from birth to old age, including a discussion of death. One breastfeeding illustration: "This mother's milk contains ingredients that nourish the baby and help protect it from illness." (p. 12)
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home. Full color illustrations by Laura Rader. 26 pages. New York: Harper, 2001. Hardcover (ISBN 0-694-01327-7) $7.99. Written by the author of the “What to Expect When” series, this is an example of a book where bottle-feeding and breastfeeding are presented as equally acceptable options and shown side-by-side. An African American mother is shown nursing, next to a Caucasian mother bottle feeding. The accompanying text states: “Mommies can make this special milk in their breasts and new babies can drink it right from their mommy's nipples. That's called nursing or breast-feeding. Or mommies can buy this special milk and put it in bottles for their new babies to drink. That's called bottle -feeding. Some new babies just bottle-feed, some new babies just nurse, and some new babies do both. Ask your mommy or daddy which way you ate when you were a new baby.” There are two additional breastfeeding pictures on later pages.
Nanao, Jun. Contemplating Your Bellybutton. Full color illustrations by Tomoko Hasegawa. Translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. 31 pages. Kane/Miller Book Publishers. 1995. Originally published in Japan in 1985. Hardcover (ISBN ) 916291-60-X) $11.95. The focus of this book for very young children is on bellybuttons - how they look, how they come to be. In the process, fetal growth, birth and early life are presented. One breastfeeding picture. "Now you sucked milk from your mother's breast and grew bigger."
Nilsson, Lennart and Lena Katarina Swanberg. How Was I Born? Illustrated with full color photographs by Lennart Nilsson. 80 pages. Delacorte Press, English language edition 1994. Originally published in Swedish 1993. Hardcover (ISBN 0-385-31357-8) $18.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-440-50767-7) $11.95. Mary, a Swedish preschooler, tells the story of the birth of her baby brother. Additional text explains conception, fetal growth, birth, growth and development of babies. Three lovely photographs show the baby breastfeeding just after birth. "This is good for the baby and for the mother too." Mary has earlier decided to give all her old pacifiers to the coming baby. No bottles are mentioned or shown.
Ormerod, Jan. 101 Things to do with a Baby. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1984. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-03802-6) $13.88. Viking Penguin Picture Puffins, 1986. Paperback (ISBN 0-14-050447-8) $3.50 Mulberry Morrow, 1993. Paperback (ISBN 0-688-12770-3) $4.95. A six year old girl tells 101 things she can do with her baby brother. The title page illustration shows the six year old cuddled up in her mother's bed to read a book, while the mother nurses the baby. The baby is old enough to use a sipper cup and eat solids, but does not yet sit unsupported. No bottles or pacifiers shown.
Pankow, Valerie. No Bigger Than My Teddy Bear. Full color illustrations by Gwen Connelly. 24 pages. Abingdon Press, 1987. Paperback (ISBN 0-687-28028-1) $4.95. Out of print. A small boy describes the premature birth and hospital stay of his new brother. Baby Brendan is initially tube fed but graduates to a bottle with a soft red nipple. "Sometimes he'd suck from Mom's breast. When Mom nursed Brendan she would hold him in her arms and cuddle him. I know my baby liked that." A full page illustration shows the big brother feeding his teddy bear with a bottle provided by the nursing staff. "My teddy bear likes to be cuddled and fed just like Brendan." No illustrations are provided of Brendan being breastfed.
Pearse, Patricia. See How You Grow: A Lift-the-Flap Body Book. Full color illustrations by Edwina Riddell. 32 pages. Barron's Educational Series, Inc., U.S. edition 1988. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8120-5936-0) $14.95. Out of Print. Five year old Sarah and her family welcome a new baby brother. Fetal development and human growth are explained in a lift-the-flap format. The baby is shown breastfeeding in the hospital, with parents and Sarah cuddled close. No bottles.
Piekowski, Jan. Faces. Full color illustrations by the author. 24 pages. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986, 1990. Originally published in Great Britain. Hardcover board book (ISBN0-671-72846-6) $2.95. A small (3 1/4 X 3 1/4 inches square) board book of emotions. The page for “jealousy” shows a mother nursing the baby while a toddler next to them angrily bangs on a pot with spoons. This is not a positive depiction of breastfeeding!
Pinczuk, Jane M. Michele: the Nursing Toddler. Full color illustrations by Barbara Murray. 30 pages. La Leche League International, 1998. Hardcover (ISBN 0-912500-40-9) $14.95. Three year old Michele still nurses occasionally for comfort, but knows that when she outgrows this need she will continue to receive love and support from her family. Simple, rhymed text and watercolor paintings describe Michele's activities.
Ray, Jane, illustrator. The Story of Christmas: Words from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Full color illustrations by Jane Ray. 24 pages. U.S. edition: Dutton Children's Books, 1991. Hardcover (ISBN 0-525-44768-7) $15.95. The beautiful illustrations done in a folk art style show several pictures of Mary breastfeeding Baby Jesus.
Rockwell, Lizzy. Hello Baby! Full color illustrations by the author. 36 pages. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1999. Hardcover (ISBN0-517-80011-X) $15.00. A young boy describes his mother's pregnancy, remaining at home with his grandmother during his sister's birth in the hospital, homecoming, and the first day with a new baby in the house. One nice breastfeeding illustration. No bottles or pacifiers. “Mommy nurses her in the rocker. Mommy's breasts make milk that is the perfect food for a baby.”
Rogers, Fred. The New Baby. Full color photographs by Jim Judkis. 26 pages. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985. Hardcover (ISBN 0-399-21236-1) $12.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-399-21238-8) $5.95. This book deals with a toddler/preschooler's experiences with a new baby in two families, one African-American, one white. Only the white family is shown feeding the baby. The mother breastfeeds. The father bottle-feeds the same baby. Text: "Babies often get hungry. Sometimes they cry because they don't like to wait to be fed. How is your little brother or sister fed? It will be a long time before the baby can eat all of the different things you can eat." One of the many books that attempts to give equal time to breast and bottle-feeding. Accepting of older siblings feelings and reassuring about parents' love for all their children. Widely available in libraries and bookstores.
Rosenberg, Maxine B. Mommy's in the Hospital Having a Baby. Full color photographs by Robert Maas. 28 pages. Clarion Books, 1997. Hardcover (ISBN 0-395-71813-9) $14.95. A book designed for the older siblings describes the hospital birth of a new baby in several families. Babies are shown in the nursery with bottles in the crib. An African-American mother is shown bottle-feeding (p. 20) and a white mother is pictured readying a baby to breastfeed in the football hold (p. 21). "...the baby's food comes from a bottle or the mother's breast..." Undistinguished.
Schwartz, Amy. A Teeny Tiny Baby. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Orchard Books, 1994. Hardcover (ISBN 0-531-06818-8) $15.95. A wry look at how a first baby is the center of his household. Although a bottle is pictured on the book's jacket and Dad is shown giving a bottle once, the baby is shown breastfeeding in eight different pictures. This baby nurses at least 10 times a day! He is carried in arms and in a sling and a Snugli as well as a stroller, and he sleeps contentedly between his parents in their bed.
Sears, William, Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly. Baby on the Way. Full color illustrations by Renée Andriani. 32 pages. Boston: Little Brown & Company, 2001. Hardcover (ISBN ) $12.95. The emotional and physical changes that occur when a mother is expecting a new baby are described in terms a preschooler can relate to and understand. One nice breastfeeding illustration.
Sears, William, Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly. What Baby Needs. Full color illustrations by Renée Andriani. 32 pages. Boston: Little Brown & Company, 2001. Hardcover (ISBN 0-316-78828-7) $12.95. Addressed to the older siblings, this book describes the needs of a new baby in terms a preschooler can readily understand and identify with. The baby is lovingly cared for by both parents, sleeps next to their bed in a “side-car” arrangement, and is carried in a sling. Two breastfeeding and one bottle feeding illustrations. The text explains that the bottle contains mother's milk. While recognizing the feelings of the older siblings, the book models many ways for children to interact positively with the new baby in the family.
Sheffield, Margaret. Where Do Babies Come From? A Book for Children and Their Parents. Full color illustrations by Sheila Bewley. 33 pages. Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Hardcover (ISBN 0-394-48482-7) $19.00. Out of print. A picture of a dark-skinned mother nursing is accompanied by the text: "Everybody in the world started life as a baby, like the baby in this picture which is drinking milk from one of its mother's breasts." No bottles. No further mention of feeding.
Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. The Best Gifts. Full color illustrations by Halina Below. 30 pages. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999. First published in Canada in 1998. Hardcover (ISBN 1-55041-391-0) available in Canada only. Paperback (ISBN 1-55041-385-6) $10.05 This sentimental little book emphasizes that the most important gifts, breastfeeding among them, are not bought with money. Delicate illustrations of watercolor and colored pencil feature a white, middle class family. Sara's parents offer her love and time as she grows up, marries, and becomes a parent herself. Her best friend is Asian. Five breastfeeding pictures all show the mother in a nightgown. Breastfeeding resources for the U.S. and Canada are given at the end.
Smith, Alastair. How Are Babies Made? Full color illustrations by Maria Wheatley. 16 pages. London: Usborne Publishing, Ltd., 1997. First published in America, 1998. Paperback (ISBN 0-7460-2502-5) $7.95. This is a “Flip-Flap” book about conception, pregnancy and new babies. On page 14 a blond mother is pictured nursing a new baby in a cradle hold. she is seated in a blue armchair, dressed comfortably in a shirt, pants and socks, a drink at her feet. Two large bottles are also shown on the page. Text: “The baby has milk for its food. The milk comes from its mother's breasts. Mothers only make milk when they have a baby. Some mothers feed their babies with milk from a bottle.”
Snedden, Robert. What Is a Mammal? Full color illustrations by Adrian Lascom and color photographs by Oxford Scientific Films. 32 pages. Sierra Club Books for Children, 1994. First published in Great Britain by Belitha Press, 1993. Characteristics of mammals are covered in this book. Page 12 pictures a mother nursing a baby, alongside other nursing mammal mothers: "Humans are also mammals. This baby gets milk from its mother's breast."
Stein, Sara. Oh, Baby! Illustrated with full color photos by Holly Anne Shelowitz. 34 pages. Walker and Company, 1993. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8027-8261-2) $14.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-8027-7464-4) $5.95. A large size book with a helpful text that explains what babies are able to do at birth and as they grow. Babies and parents of all racial groups are shown. One large photo of a mother breastfeeding. The baby looks asleep. Text: "No one has to teach them to drink!" No bottles or pacifiers in the book. Some of the pictures seem posed and contrived, reflecting the photographer's background in advertising and portrait photography. They do not do justice to the text and don't work well for a children's picture book.
Stein, Sara Bonnett. That New Baby: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together. Illustrated with black and white photographs by Dick Frank. 48 pages. Walker and Company, 1974. Hardcover (ISBN 0-8027-6175-5) $12.95. Paperback edition 1984 (ISBN 0-8027-7227-7) $8.95. Charles and Melissa welcome a new baby brother into their loving African-American family. Both parents are actively involved and supportive of their feelings. One breastfeeding photo. No bottles mentioned or shown. A Subtext gives parents guidelines to help ease the transition for their older children.
Stinson, Kathy. The Bare Naked Book. Full color illustrations by Heather Collins. 32 pages. Annick Press, Ltd. , 1986. Hardcover (ISBN 0-920303-52-8) $14.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-920303-56-6) $4.95. In a picture book naming body parts for toddlers and preschoolers, a mother is shown breastfeeding under the topic "nipples." One bottle is shown elsewhere.
Thompson, Carol. Baby Days. Full color illustrations by the author. 48 pages. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991. Hardcover (ISBN 0-02-789325-1) $15.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-7736-7323-7) $9.95. Out of print. Most of the many "babies" of all racial backgrounds pictured in the appealing watercolor paintings in this book are old enough to stand, walk, eat, and play games. One baby is shown breastfeeding on page 22, with the text: "Babies enjoy their food. They drink milk from their mothers and from bottles and cups." An empty bottle is pictured along with several baby cups. Babies are shown using pacifiers on pages 9 and 37. This is a nice picture book for toddlers to read on their parents' laps.
Turner, Gwenda. Once Upon a Time. Full color illustrations by the author. 28 pages. Viking, 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-670-82551-4) $9.95. This is a telling time book which follows a family through the day from early morning (with preschooler reading a book in the parents' bed while the baby breastfeeds) until bedtime. The baby is shown nursing three times, always in the cradle hold, and not ideally positioned. The text consists of simple, one word descriptions such as "shopping," "playing," and "dinner." The delicate watercolor paintings are very engaging. Appropriate for very young siblings of a new baby. No bottles or pacifiers shown.
Twinn, Michael. The First Family. Full color illustrations by Annie Kubler. 24 pages. Child's Play (International) Ltd, 1994. Hardcover (ISBN 0-85953-936-9) $11.99. This whimsical picture book created for the International Year of the Family speculates on what the very first family was like and what makes a family a family. One illustration of a cave woman lovingly breastfeeding her newborn baby.
Vogel, Carole G. Will I Get Breast Cancer? Questions and Answers for Teenage Girls. Illustrated with black and white drawings and photographs. 192 pages. Julian Messner (Silver Burdett Press), 1995. Hardcover (ISBN 0-671-88046-2) $ Paperback (ISBN 0-671-88047-0) $ The author's friend developed a breast lump while nursing a baby. By the time appropriate treatment was given, she had distant metastases. This book was written to address the fears of her now-teenage daughter and others like her who fear breast cancer. Includes clear and detailed descriptions of breast anatomy; normal development; risks, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Several mentions of breastfeeding and one nice breastfeeding photo (p. 31). Does not include any of the evidence that breastfeeding lowers the risk of cancer in both mother and her breastfed child. Deals openly with a teenager's feelings when her mother has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment. Thorough coverage of breast self-exam and ways those at higher risk can increase their chances of early diagnosis and treatment.
Von Konigslow, Andrea Wayne. That's My Baby? Full color illustrations by the author. 24 pages. Annick Press, Ltd., 1986. Hardcover (ISBN 0-920303-56-0) $12.95. Paperback (ISBN 0-920303-57-9) $4.95. This book deals with the feelings of resentment a preschooler has for her new baby sister. Shows mother in her bathrobe nursing the baby. Describes baby crying a lot at night and everyone feeling tired. The preschooler asks to try nursing too, and the mother lets her. "It tasted kind of funny." No bottles or pacifiers shown.
Wabbes, Marie. How I Was Born. Full color illustrations by the author. 26 pages. Tamburine Books, 1991. Hardcover. (ISBN 0-688-10734-6) $13.95. A little boy tells the story of his conception and birth in simple words and watercolor illustrations. One picture shows the new parents together as the baby nurses. "Mom's milk was very good. Sometimes I fell asleep while I nursed." Translated from the original French edition published in Belgium in 1990.
Waddell, Martin. Rosie's Babies. Full color illustrations by Penny Dale. 26 pages. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. First U.S. hardcover edition, 1999. (First published in 1990). Hardcover (ISBN 0-7636-0718-5). $15.99. Ages 3 - 7. Four year old Rosie cares for her two stuffed animals alongside her mother, who is caring for Rosie's baby brother. Rosie's mother beautifully models active listening and support for Rosie's feelings as a new big sister. Rosie bottle feeds her “babies,” (a bear and a rabbit). Her mother breastfeeds the baby in one illustration.
Walter, Mildred Pitts. My Mama Needs Me. Full color illustrations by Pat Cummings. 32 pages. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1983. Hardcover (ISBN 0-688-01670-7) $16.00. Jason is anxious to help his mother with the new baby in this African-American family. When Jason asks if he can feed the baby, his mother says, "She gets milk from my breast." The baby is pictured nursing. Further text describes breastfeeding and a role for Jason: "The baby could hardly wait. Her little hands beat the air. Her little body wiggled. Jason watched the baby snuggle to the breast. Soon she was quiet. In no time at all she was asleep again. Mama rubbed the top of the baby's ear. The baby stirred and started nursing. Jason laughed. But right away she was sleeping again. Jason rubbed the top of the tiny ear the way his mother had done. The baby wiggled and really started nursing. Mama laughed with Jason and said, 'She likes your touch.'" For ages 3 to 6.
Watanabe, Shigeo. It's My Birthday! Full color illustrations by Yasuo Ohtomo. 32 pages. New York: Philomel Books, 1988. Originally published in Japan, 1984. Hardcover (ISBN 0-399-21492-5) $10.95. On his fourth birthday, Bear's family looks at his photo album with him. The pictures review his growing up, including one of him nursing as a baby. The bears in this book wear clothes, sit on sofas, get chickenpox, and eat spaghetti and birthday cake.
Weston, Martha. Bad Baby Brother. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. New York: Clarion Books, 1997. Hardcover (ISBN 0-395-72103-2) $14.95. Four year old Tessa is impatient for William, her new baby brother, to be able to play with her. Willy sleeps in a crib in his own room. No bottles or pacifiers shown. In the one breastfeeding illustration, Tessa is reprimanded for trying to show Willie her doll. The mother says, “Sh! Tessa, Willy can't drink the milk with Dolly in his face.”
Wingfield, Ethel. Talkabout Baby. Full color illustrations by Harry Wingfield. 54 pages. Loughborough Leicestershire, England: Ladybird Books, Ltd, 1974. Hardcover (ISBN 0-7214-0379-4). Out of Print. Small picture book. One breastfeeding illustration side-by-side with bottle feeding illustration. Poor latch. Many bottles throughout, including filled with koolade.
Winter, Susan. A Baby Just Like Me. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Dorling Kindersley, American edition 1994. Hardcover (ISBN 1-56458-668-5) $13.95. This picture book of a loving African-British family shows preschooler Martha's disappointment with a new baby sister who can't yet join in play and takes up her parents' time and attention. The baby is shown breastfeeding in one picture as Mommy comforts Martha with her free arm. It is unfortunate that the single breastfeeding illustration is associated with Martha's feelings of being displaced.
Wolde, Gunilla. Betsy's Baby Brother. Full color illustrations by the author. 24 pages. Random House, 1975, 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-394-83162-4) $4.95. (Out of print) In a small sized book, preschooler Betsy is shown interacting with her baby brother. The baby is shown breastfeeding, and no bottles are included. He is fed applesauce. Betsy is jealous of the time her mother spends nursing the baby.
Wolff, Ashley. Only the Cat Saw. Full color illustrations by the author. 32 pages. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1985. Hardcover (ISBN 0-399-221698-7) $13.95. Out of print. Picture Puffins, 1988. Softcover (ISBN 0-14-050853-8) $3.95. Out of print. Walker and Company, 1996. Softcover (ISBN 0-8027-7488-1) $5.95. In this colorful picture book intended for 3 to 8 year olds, the cat sees all the details in 24 hours of the life of a busy farm family, including the mother breastfeeding the baby in a rocking chair at dawn.
Yagyu, Genichiro. Breasts. Translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum. Illustrations in black, white, orange, and occasional blue or brown by the author. 28 pages. Brooklyn, NY: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1999. Originally published in Japan in 1989. Hardcover (ISBN 0-916291-88-X) $11.95. Silly, bold and uninhibited, this book is part of the series which includes, Everybody Poops, The Gas We Pass, and Scabs. Although it states that ìBabies can grow up healthy and happy if they drink milk from a bottle...î the text and illustrations do present many positive views of breastfeeding, both physical and emotional.
Young, Faye Early. Gerald the Third. Full color illustrations by Will Lutz. 32 pages. La Leche League International, Inc., 1977. Hardcover (ISBN 0-912500-05-0) $5.95. Six-year old Gerald tells about life in a loving family, including a breastfed baby. Meant to encourage family discussion about feelings and attitudes. Illustrations have a cartoon-like character. Gerald's comments on breastfeeding: "My Mom feeds Jenny herself. You know, with that special milk Mommas have whenever they have a baby. All Mommas have it for their babies, it comes out of those two bumps on her chest. I think it's called chestfeeding. No, Mom says it's called breastfeeding 'cause those two bumps are called breasts on ladies. Just men have chests. Anyway, Jenny sure does like it. Mom says Jeff and I did too, but I don't remember about that kind of stuff!"
Ziefert, Harriet. Bigger Than a Baby. Full color illustrations by Laura Rader. 32 pages. Harper Collins, 1991. Hardcover (ISBN 0-06-026902-2) $13.95. Out of print. This book, intended for 4 to 8 year olds, looks at growth and development and emphasizes the skills a preschooler has acquired since babyhood. The title page pictures a baby in a stroller holding a bottle in his mouth. Page 6 shows two nurses caring for eight babies in a hospital nursery, but shows no bottles. Page 7 shows a mother breastfeeding a newborn baby and the father burping the baby. A baby is shown holding and sucking on a bottle on page 15 and on the book jacket. Children of all races are shown in the appealing illustrations.
Ziefert, Harriet. Getting Ready for New Baby. Full color illustrations by Laura Rader. 32 pages. Harper & Row, 1990. Hardcover (ISBN 0-06-026896-4) $13.89. Out of print. This book for preschoolers through third graders follows a cheerful family of dog characters as they prepare for and welcome a new baby. Questions about conception, feelings and changes in the older sibling's life are dealt with in a straightforward and caring way. The mother nurses the baby in one illustration: "Some babies drink milk from bottles. Others nurse. When your mother nurses the baby you may feel left out. You may want to taste your mother's milk. Maybe she will put some in a cup for you." One picture of the baby holding a bottle is shown when discussing a babysitter. A bottle is shown in the border motif for the table of contents and on the back of the dust cover. The older child is advised to give the baby a pacifier as a way to be helpful.