You, Me and the Breast
“When you came out of my tummy, the first thing you looked for was my breast.”
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the powerful bond shared between a mother and her newborn baby.
You, me and the breast is part of a delightful series of illustrated books by Monica Calaf and Mikel Fuentes, which also includes Your Daddy and Me, When you were in my tummy, and How You Were Born.
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A rare book normalising breastfeeding
This is a colourfully illustrated book about breastfeeding. It's simple story follows a mum and baby from birth to weaning, and mentions lots of memorable moments, such as snuggling up in bed with daddy, mama milk to comfort and soothe, and those relaxing moments where one's ever-active infant becomes still for a little while at the breast. Although it is clearly presented as a children's book, I was a little confused about who the target audience was. Some of the information: my nipple darkenedƒ and gave off a rich smell' sounds unnecessarily technical in a book for a small child. The cursive script was too difficult for my competent five year-old to read himself, and he had a lot of questions about the illustrations (which one is her hand?' why has she got birds in her hair?'). It was nice to see dad included in some of the pictures, although I have reservations about the depiction of him aeroplaning' pur_ed food into the baby's mouth. On balance, the more books for children that normalise breastfeeding, the better. It would be good to see this widely available in local libraries and schools.
Upon receiving this book I thought it would probably be a lovely little story about how lovely it is to breastfeed babies and tell you all about the benefits of a breastfed child. And that it is. It tells how mummy breastfed wherever she was and how it comforted her child and how it made them feel close. I did breastfeed my son, but only for about a week. He was a hungry hungry child and I just couldn't keep up. I also had little help with how to breastfeed and I ended up with very sore boobies. I wish I could have breastfed longer as I do think 'Breast Is Best'. Now, as lovely as the premise for this book is, I don't understand it. I don't know what kind of age group this book is aimed at as it's a little bit creepy! I don't think my 3 yr old would quite appreciate me telling him all about mummys boobies because he doesn't understand that milk comes out. Not just that but I also think the illustrations are very poor. The front page is of what looks like an older boy poking his mothers breats and the way half their face is a different colour kinda freaks me a bit too :s And then upon opening the book you're greeted with a giant nipple. Where's the decorum in that?! I thought perhaps they might have covered the mum up a bit because what child actually wants to see that? Maybe if the illustrations hadn't been so weird quirky then it might have looked a lot better. I also found the font quite annoying to read. the curly joined up writing is cute yes, but unnecessary. I had to look twice at a few of the words to try and make out what they mean. So, although I do like the idea of this story, the way that it's been done just gives me the heebies. If they had used a different illustrator and font I might be giving this a better review because the actual story itself is adorable. I also didn't read this book to Oscar as I found it a tad inappropriate for a 3 yr old child who doesn't quite understand what boobs are for. And for now, he doesn't need to know.
A great book for toddlers or young children about breastfeeding
This is a lovely story to read aloud to a toddler or a young child with beautiful illustrations showing the breastfeeding relationship of a mother and child. It realistically portrays the joy of breastfeeding and it was great to read a book that showed nursing taking its course and waiting for weaning to happen naturally. I read it with our daughter (almost two years old) and she particularly loved the pictures of the baby and wants me to read it ñagainî when it's finished!