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Breastfeeding in Picture Books: 20 Children’s Books that Depict Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding in Picture Books: 20 Children's Books that Depict Nursing Mothers  #childrensbooks #nursing

One of the best things we can do for our children as nursing mothers is to normalize the breastfeeding relationship to them. When they don’t bat an eye at a baby at the breast, then we’ve successfully taught them that feeding babies is normal, natural and nothing to gawk at or criticize. I don’t think we need to go to extremes to do this, but we should be conscientious in some matters.

When my oldest child was younger, I made an observation that whenever a baby was being fed in any of her books, it was always drinking from a bottle. She noticed this as well. She knew that she and her baby brother had been breastfed. Bottles were the thing that seemed strange to her. Breastfeeding in picture books didn’t seem to exist. Why weren’t the babies being given Mommy’s milk, too? So I started to hunt around to see if there were any children’s books that did include nursing babies within their pages.

Breastfeeding in Picture Books

Here is a list that I’ve compiled of books that do show children (babies and older children!) who are being lovingly nursed by their mamas.

There’s a nice list to start building your stockpile of books that show nursing mothers!

Do you have a favorite that’s not listed here?

Dusty is a stay at home, homeschooling mother of four and has been married to the love of her life,  a Southern gentleman, for 8 years.  She is trying to find her own path in this great wide world while devouring chocolate and leaning on the Lord.  She blogs about homeschooling, homemaking, motherhood and faith at To the Moon and Back.


  1. Love this list! Sharing on the Homegrown Friends Facebook Page today!

  2. This is a FANTASTIC list! Just wanted you to know that The Best Gifts has been republished in a brand new edition. Here’s the amazon link:

  3. My 4-year-old niece is intensely interested in my nursing baby, an interest that I encourage. However, her mother was unable to breastfeed. Do any of these portray breastfeeding AND bottle feeding positively?

  4. Big Sister Now shows breastfeeding and additionally the house is a mess and the mom looks exhausted so it’s realistic 🙂

  5. All The Places to Love shows breastfeeding but it (breastfeeding) is not even mentioned… Completely normalizes it (along with home birth and multi – generational living!). Plus the artwork is amazing.

  6. The beautiful watercolor book “The Baby” by Monica Greenfield shows the baby nursing twice and drinking from a bottle once. The book before it is called “Sweet Baby Coming” and is all about the pregnancy.

  7. Best Milk by Kate Carothers:)

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