25 Children’s Books That Depict Breastfeeding

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!

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Welcome With Love

Really a book about a homebirth, but the baby nurses once born. I love this book! ~Jen on Facebook


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Best Milk

Best Milk is a delightful children’s book about the modern breastfeeding family as seen from a child’s perspective. 



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Ruby’s Baby Brother

Great new selection from Barefoot Books that shows mama nursing her baby. 


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The Runaway Hug

The Runaway Hug is not about eating or nursing; the final drawing features Mom nursing the baby entirely without comment. ~ Mothering member voca


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You and Me (New Baby)

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


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You’re Getting a Baby Sister

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


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All the World

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


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The Big Eating Book

This book is not about nursing, but features it while talking about how everyone eats. ~ Mothering member Virginia884


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Michele: the Nursing Toddler

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. 


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Mommy Feeds Baby

A book that portrays the natural, organic and nutritional food moms provide through breastmilk; and the bonding that is created through breastfeeding. 



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Only the Cat Saw

Mama nurses Baby Sam, complete with beautiful illustration, on one page of the story. ~ Cavemomma on Facebook

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Nursies When the Sun Shines

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.


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Mama’s Milk

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


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Tucking In! Just Like Me!

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


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My New Baby

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


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Mariana and the Merchild

It’s a beautiful book and the mermaid nurses her baby in part of the story and it’s illustrated beautifully. ~Mothering member IdentityCrisisMama


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The Mystery of the Breast

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.


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The Wonders of Mother’s Milk

A multicultural children’s book that will engage readers with its rhythmic poetic text and colorfully diverse illustrations.


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Will There Be a Lap for Me?

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.


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Kisses, Kisses Baby-O!

A Canadian Book that’s been a favourite for both of my kiddos. ~ Mothering member mamasnuggle (shows mom nursing baby)


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You, Me and the Breast

A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of the powerful bond shared between a mother and her newborn baby. 


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I’m Made of Mama’s Milk

I’m pretty sure it is out of date, but it shows older babies and toddlers nursing. ~ Pam on Facebook


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And After That…

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.


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When You Were Inside Mommy

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.

24 thoughts on “25 Children’s Books That Depict Breastfeeding”

  1. Love this! I’ve pinned it to my attachment parenting page on Pinterest and plan to look for them at my library. Thanks!

  2. Um, I’m not sure where NTnaturalist’s comment is coming from, because I see lots of babies from lots of backgrounds. I see African American, Asian American, Chilean, Latina and perhaps Native American, plus lots of multicultural covers and some that aren’t even humans much less caucasian ones. I love that Mothering usually works pretty hard to be inclusive.

  3. Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother is another great children’s book that helps explain breastfeeding to a toddler with a new breastfeeding sibling.

  4. ‘Rosie’s Babies’ is a story about a mother getting her baby to bed, which includes breastfeeding, whilst her 4 year old chats about her own babies – lovely, old fashioned pictures. Beautiful book.

  5. What a fabulous list. Here are two favorite. “Breasts” and “BellyButton”
    “Breasts tells it like it is – and like it should be! Exploring the inner workings of breasts and their important role in feeding the babies of the world, it gives, in a funny and direct way, information children want and need about their anatomy.” Ages 5-9

    “A delightful, straightforward book to help answer children’s questions about birth, babies, and their own anatomy. Definitely worth contemplating! ” http://p3970.myubam.com/p/759/contemplating-your-bellybutton

  6. Also Mairi Hedderwick’s lovely books about Katie Morag. Katie Morag’s mum is occasionally depicted breastfeeding in several of the books, without any comment in the text. Apparently, according to Mairi Hedderwick for her this merely reflects “the cosiness of the home and family, … drawing her own experience of life with a growing family in a small island community”

  7. We Like to Nurse by Chia Martin is one of my favorites. Shows animals nursing and last page is mother and baby. I give it to babies who turn one year in my support group.

  8. A book that includes a baby whale nursing (and is an important part of the plot) is “Little Gray’s Great Migration” by Marta Lindsey.

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