We recently asked the Mothering community to share kids’ books that depict breastfeeding and were thrilled by the response. We could not include all of the wonderful suggestions here, but we have pulled out the top 25 most highly recommended with some comments from those who suggested them. Some of these books discuss breastfeeding itself but many simply show the normal act of nursing within the story itself. Enjoy!
Really a book about a homebirth, but the baby nurses once born. I love this book! ~Jen on Facebook
Best Milk is a delightful children’s book about the modern breastfeeding family as seen from a child’s perspective.
Great new selection from Barefoot Books that shows mama nursing her baby.
The Runaway Hug is not about eating or nursing; the final drawing features Mom nursing the baby entirely without comment. ~ Mothering member voca
It’s similar to the wordless book My New Baby, but it has some text. Mom’s in the background here and there nursing while Dad is preparing dinner etc.~ Mothering member silverlining
Not about breastfeeding, obviously, and only appropriate for certain situations, but nevertheless there is an illustration showing the mom breastfeeding the new baby. ~ Mothering member chaseafterwind
Everywhere Babies mentions babies eat “by bottle, by breast, with cup and then spoon” and it also has mention of babywearing and cosleeping, pretty much normalizing every choice a parent could make about parenting a baby and not holding one style above the other. ~ Andrea on Facebook
Another vote here for All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon. this book depicts quite a few attachment parenting practices (breastfeeding, babywearing, etc). ~ Meredith on Facebook
This book is not about nursing, but features it while talking about how everyone eats. ~ Mothering member Virginia884
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.
A book that portrays the natural, organic and nutritional food moms provide through breastmilk; and the bonding that is created through breastfeeding.
Mama nurses Baby Sam, complete with beautiful illustration, on one page of the story. ~ Cavemomma on Facebook
Nursies is the first-ever book to focus on night weaning. Its goal is to facilitate communication between parent and young child, thereby making the process of night weaning as gentle and easy as possible.
This is my 2 year old’s favorite bedtime book right now. She stops nursing herself at each picture and says, “Platypus have mama moowk?…Horse have mama moowk?” Then at the end she says, “Shhhhhhhhhh … mama sleeping and baby have moowk.” ~ Marleina on Facebook
This is one we have. It’s a board book, with simple text. the link to breastfeeding is “little lamb likes warm milk, just like me.” and shows a mother nursing. ~ Mothering member Red Pajama
A wordless book great for a family welcoming a new baby. This book has a page with mom nursing the newborn as well as a page where dad is babywearing. ~ Mothering member peashmama
It’s a beautiful book and the mermaid nurses her baby in part of the story and it’s illustrated beautifully. ~Mothering member IdentityCrisisMama
When a little girl’s baby brother is born, she begins to investigate the ‘mystery of the breast’ as she sees her mother breastfeed the new arrival.
A multicultural children’s book that will engage readers with its rhythmic poetic text and colorfully diverse illustrations.
Kyle misses his time on Mother’s lap while she is pregnant but is happy when the birth of his baby brother makes her lap available again. Illustration shows Mother nursing the new baby.
A Canadian Book that’s been a favourite for both of my kiddos. ~ Mothering member mamasnuggle (shows mom nursing baby)
A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of the powerful bond shared between a mother and her newborn baby.
I’m pretty sure it is out of date, but it shows older babies and toddlers nursing. ~ Pam on Facebook
A lift-the-flap book to help young toddlers adjust to their new role as big brother or sister. Shows breastfeeding as part of normal baby care.
The book introduces young children to the concepts of pregnancy and childbirth–from the time they begin as one tiny cell to the joyful moment when their parents welcome them into the world. Illustration of mother breastfeeding baby in the hospital bed.