Thus I’ve set myself the challenge of scouring the bookshops and libraries of the country in search of breastfeeding in children’s books. I will be presenting my findings in a series of ‘parts’. Welcome to part one.
Sophie And The New Baby
Catherine Anholt and Laurence Anholt
What Do Cows Do?
Ticktock Media Ltd
A Baby Just Like Me
Just Like You Did
Marjorie Newman and Ken Wilson-Max
Brand New Baby
The family prepare for the new baby and “Dad helped too” by ironing the baby’s tiny clothes (I have issues with media that depicts Dads doing normal childcare activities as “helping” but that’s for another blog entry). When the new baby is born the other children turn up at the hospital dressed as Batman and Wonderwoman - a nice touch. A mother in the neighbouring bed can be seen bottlefeeding her newborn.
When the new baby arrives home it’s the same old story: he’s boring, he sleeps a lot, Mum and Dad never have time for Edward and Wendy, “mum was always busy feeding the baby”. One illustration shows Mum on the sofa breastfeeding the baby, another illustration shows the baby crying in its moses basket with a bottle on the floor nearby (combination feeding? Expressed breastmilk? Or lazy illustrating?) The story concludes with a sudden change of heart from Edward and Wendy and they start helping out with babycare, although it is not mentioned what prompts this transformation.
Aren’t You Lucky
Catherine and Lawrence Anholt
The Baby’s Catalogue
Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg
juice in a bottle. Breastfeeding is also shown throughout the book. On one page titled “Dinners”, breastfeeding is shown alongside bottlefeeding, only the bottlefed baby is crying and appears to be refusing the bottle. Also featured are dummies, sippy cups, and interestingly, tea pots(?) It’s a pretty eclectic mix in a book that covers all bases.
All You Need to Know About Babies
Agn S Vandewiele and Charles Dutertre
The Story of Christmas
With text adapted from the words of the Bible, this book has everything you would expect from a nativity story: angels, wise men, oxen, Jesus, a stable and all that jazz. Mary is seen breastfeeding the newborn baby Jesus in not one, not two, but three illustrations; one of which shows her nipple as Jesus latches on. The illustrations are gorgeous and my simple scannings of them cannot do their vibrancy justice. Various gold enamels are used which produce a distinctive glow and the drawings are detailed enough to spark numerous re-readings. Breastfeeding is not mentioned in the text.
Baby’s First Year
Debbie Mackinnon and Anthea Sieveking
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