Mommy Feeds Baby is an awesome new children's book about breastfeeding. Every page of the book shows a different picture of a mom nursing her baby, captioned with "Because _____, mommy feeds baby", listing many reasons why moms nurse. The very last page has a spot for you to add your very own picture and reason why you nurse your baby. The book was written by Christy Jo Hendricks, a lactation consultant, doula, and lactation education trainer. All of the photos in the book were taken by Christy Jo. The book is also available in Spanish.
Both Daniel and I absolutely LOVE this book. The minute we got our copy in the mail, he had me reading it over and over again every day. I must confess I even hid it for a bit because I was afraid he'd mess up the pages. He was going through a ripping paper phase and I really want this book to be a keepsake. It's back on our shelves now that he's over the ripping. I am trying to decide whether I'll add a tandem nursing picture to the last page or buy Joshua his own book and add pictures of each boy nursing to their respective books so they can keep them as mementos of our nursing relationships.
I love the idea of a children's book to help normalize breastfeeding. Our children are the future and, the more they see breastfeeding, the more normal it will be to them as they grow up. I also love the fact that there are moms and babies of different ethnicities shown in the pictures and there are moms nursing babies of different ages and there is even a mom tandem nursing! I searched everywhere for a book that showed tandem nursing when trying to prepare Daniel for Joshua's birth and immediately after, when we had some nursing troubles, and did not find a single one. Most books don't even show nursing at all. This book was perfect for us and I would recommend it to anyone. It makes a great gift for nursing moms and children, lactation consultants, breastfeeding counselors, public libraries, etc. The book retails for $12.95 and you may purchase your copy here.
For all of you who have read this review and now really wish you had such a wonderful book, I have some GREAT news... Christy Jo sent me an extra copy of the book and each one of you now has the chance to win. Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter for below to enter. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter and announced Monday, October 15th, 2012 here and on the Diary of a Natural Mom Facbook page.