Normalizing Breastfeeding – Picture Books for Small Children

The Realities of Breastfeeding

I know…I know…World Breastfeeding week is over.   However, I wanted to talk about this – as I think normalizing breastfeeding is an important topic.  Because it’s normal, I feel like I can talk about it anytime – even when it’s not World Breastfeeding Week.

 

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Breastfeeding is not gross.  It’s not disgusting.  It’s not something that has to be – or should be hidden.  It’s the natural way that we feed our children as human beings.

All animals do it.  Cows, goats, primates, horses, pigs and the list goes on and on.  Why is it so surprising and shocking that humans do it as well?  I just don’t get it.  Why is a woman breastfeeding her child gross?  It boggles my mind.

Our society…

I have said “we need to teach our kids”.  I don’t mean stand in front of them and lecture.  We have to show our kids what it is to breastfeed.  We have to breastfeed and pump in front of our children.  We have to be tolerant to those that breastfeed in public.  We have to act normal – like it’s no big deal  – which it isn’t.  Our children will follow our lead – if we have the right attitude.  First, we must get ourselves in check.

My kids don’t even bat an eye now.  It’s normal to them.  The body is just everyday life.  That is the kind of attitude everyone should have – in my opinion.

I want to join a…

 

“Let’s de-sexualize boobs” movement!

That’s what it’s about.  Our society sees breasts as play things – not functional entities used to feed our children.  Let’s change that.  It’s gotta start somewhere.

One way in doing this is to have books and movies around our house that show and talk about breastfeeding – and that it’s normal.  Books and movies that we read and see from the beginning  Not that attention is drawn to it, but that it’s just there.  It’s the way we as mothers nourish our children.  Here are some book recommendations.  Most are from a toddlers point of view of having a new baby in the house.  All of these books that I have chosen show breastfeeding as the normal process.  The authors do not bring attention to it – it’s just the way it is.

I went to the library and here are some excellent recommendations…

 

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Not many.  I asked the librarian to put a request in for more.

Here are some more excellent book ideas.

Breastfeeding picture books

 

One Around the Moon is an excellent multicultural experience!

Have you read your kids any books that show breastfeeding or body images?  Do you have any recommendations?

Lisa
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  1. Right on, Lisa! Yes, it’s our overly sexualized society that has turned breastfeeding into some dirty, hippie thing – and it’s absolutely ridiculous. Something is definitely wrong when Americans think it’s ok for a woman’s overflowing cleavage to be plastered all over Cosmo magazine for the world to see in a checkout line, but unacceptable for a baby to eat in public. There should be no need for laws that allow it; it’s sad we’ve reached that point. Just the other day, our family had the reverse experience. I was at a public gathering and went into a corner to feed Erik, with my full nursing cover on. Three little girls came over to stare at me the entire time. They were completely in shock after realizing what was going on under the cover and just stood there. It was sort of comical, but also very telling. Later on these girls came up to my children and said “Your mom is really weird. She was feeding her baby with her shirt up!!” (The cover wasn’t enough, I guess LOL). Anyway, it’s just so weird that we are shocked like old-time Puritans when a baby is nursing, but so completely desensitized by the sexual images that are everywhere. These little girls didn’t say anything about the women at the gathering who were wearing low cut tops with cleavage exposed…..

    Luckily, my children came to my defense. They came home and told me that the little girls were the strange ones, not me! Hahahaha!
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    • You are so right. It’s like you are talking out of my mouth, Anne.

      I’m so glad your kids came to your defense. They know.

      I find it funny that the girls starred at you. It’s so telling how our society is. It’s so sad.

      Thank you so much for your comments and sharing your personal story. I always love when you stop by! You make me smile. Have a great weekend!
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  2. My brother was quite a bit younger than my sister and I, so when we saw her breastfeed him, we were curious. All other moms around us fed with bottles and all of our baby dolls came with bottles. She took us to the library to check out breastfeeding books for us geared towards children to help normalize the subject. I remember as a young girl imitating my mom with my baby doll and making my own slings from her left over fabric. My friends thought I was weird…but I am glad my mom helped reinforce breastfeeding as a way of life for me, otherwise my attitudes would have been much different.
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    • Thank you so much for your comment Alanna. You hit the nail right on the head. It’s funny you mentioned that you used your doll. My daughter does the same thing with her doll. She thinks feeding on the boob is normal – and is something that she wants to do.

      I am so glad your mother did that for you. It was a gift!

      Thank you so much for stopping by – and I hope you have a great weekend! Happy Friday!
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  3. I long for the day when breastfeeding is re-normalized. It’s such a shame that people get so uptight about it as if a small infant can wait until it’s “more convenient”. I love that there are books out there for children on the topic.

    • Yes, you are absolutely correct. I think women just have to do it and not care. I don’t see the problem with nursing with full cover. I dont’ understand the mentality.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Regan. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
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  4. Right on Lisa! When I started breastfeeding I was a very young 18 year old mom who knew no one else that had ever done it. But I saw it as natural and the best for my baby and I have breastfed all my children since. My husband was my biggest supporter but I remember my mother in law wanting me to feed in the bathroom because she was so embarrassed I was feeding my son in public! Seriously, its crazy that women can run around half naked and no one questions this but something as simple as feeding a child the way God intended gets so much negative attention.

    • It really is too much. I never quite understood why I should stop to make other people more comfortable. It is their problem, right? I have no problem. It’s not like I have my boobies hanging out everywhere. I’m covered – so what’s the deal.

      You shouldn’t have to feed your baby in a dirty bathroom.

      I know, you said it. People run around in bikinis on the beach, and nobody says anything. Suddenly, you are feeding a baby – and the world ends.

      Backwards.
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  5. Thanks for putting this list together. I am sharing your post on my Facebook page!
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  6. great resources babe, not only good for kids but moms too. It makes me so mad when everyone loves to look at boobs hanging out…but God forbid a mother actually uses them for what God intended…then it’s gross and inappropriate . one of the many messed up things about society.
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  7. Thank you for the resources! I am all for the normalization of breastfeeding! I’m a new mom and breastfeeding has been a bit awkward in public. I use a cover, but never it still seems to make some people feel awkward… you’re right, it’s completely natural to do! Great post.
    I found your blog on the “Let’s Get Social Sunday” link-up!
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  8. Thanks for the great post, Lisa! Although my kids are slightly past the breastfeeding ages (14 and 17 years) I nursed them both and am very pro nursing for those who can do it. I loved it, but I recall wishing I had a third hand to help do everything…These books look wonderful and I really appreciate you posting them for all of us! Thanks!
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  9. I think this is a great idea and I didn’t even breastfeed. As for teaching our children, I hope you guys go about it a different way than I did. My child is so observant about the world around her and she noticed a lady breastfeeding her baby at the ballpark a few months ago. My child is also weirdly obsessed with boobies (probably because every woman in my family is blessed with them). She yells as loudly as possible “LOOK THAT LADY HAS HER BOOOOOOBIES OUT!” Caught off guard by mortification and embarrassment, I quickly tried to explain to her that the lady was feeding her baby with her breast milk. While she is observant she doesn’t listen very well and only caught the words “breast milk” which she turns into “boobie milk” and asked me for months afterward every time I pulled the milk jug out of the fridge if it was “boobie milk”.
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  10. Great topic and list. Love the idea of using books to change our culture. I couldn’t agree with you more! I always nursed my babies in the company of others. I didn’t made a big deal out of it but I didn’t cover it. I always thought I would but breastfeeding always made me hot!
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    • It’s just about breastfeeding being a normal everyday occurrence – rather than something to sit there and stare at. It’s not like they are going to get breastfeeding education in school.

      Plus, if mom and dad wouldn’t sit there and stare and comment on how gross and disgusting it is, maybe the kids wouldn’t do that either.

      Sheesh.

      Thanks for stopping by!
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  11. Just found your blog through the blog hop and wish it wasn’t so late so I had more time to read! Since it’s way past my bedtime I’ll read more soon but wanted to share one story with you: I’m currently nursing my 14 month old and it’s an open part of my family life. My husband and I were discussing nursing at dinner one night and ever since then my 3 year old will turn to me periodically and say, “You know what, Mommy? Breast is best!” So proud! 🙂 Following you on bloglovin’ 🙂

    • Hey Julie,

      WOW, amazing. That is so so amazing. Yeah. It’s just a regular way of thinking. There is nothing special, gross or different about it – it just is a way of feeding your child.

      Good for you.

      I remember a breastfeeding consultant telling me – your kids are seeing you feeding your kids, pumping, boobs hanging out and all. It’s going to be normal way of life for them.

      It really is a better way to be.

      Thank you so much for your insight and comments. I hope you had a great night!
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