I am a new mother. My daughter is eleven weeks old and already loves reading. Well, since last Tuesday she is happiest (when not on the boob) sitting on our laps facing out, so we have been reading her stories!
I was recently sent a book to review. This Milk Tastes Good! by Chenniah Patrick is a breastfeeding nursery rhyme. It is a simple and sweet poem written from the child’s perspective. With lines like “it sometimes tastes like oatmeal and honey, but I just think that it all tastes yummy”, the rhyme is a cute play on the theory that breast milk changes slightly in flavour based on what mom eats.
My favourite part of this book is the illustrations. As you can see on the cover, mama is nursing on a park bench. I love promotion of breastfeeding in public! There are also images of babywearing, the father unfreezing breastmilk (wearing an “I heart bf” t-shirt!), and the family eating nutritious meals.
Images of breastfeeding directed at children are few and far between. It is great to read a book that incorporates breastfeeding as a normal and natural part of daily life with an infant. The author explains in the introduction that she created this poem because she couldn’t find anything to read or sing to her baby while she nursed that was relatable. There are plenty of images of animals feeding their babies, but not humans!
I admit that I am biased to all things that promote and normalize breastfeeding. This book is great!
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