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A few years ago, we shared our list of children's books on breastfeeding. At the time, we noted that for many years there were few children’s books that portrayed breastfeeding but happily, that number has recently grown.
Today we are pleased to share a new addition to that list: Nurtured and Nuzzled. It's a rhyming bilingual (English/Spanish) children's book that shows how different mammal species care for their young – grooming, cuddling, sheltering, and nursing them – including a page showing both a polar bear mother and a human mother breastfeeding their babies.
The message: nursing is normal and the way mammals of all species care for their young.
This is a sweet book that will undoubtedly appeal to younger children, but may also be of interest to older kids. Between the tender images of animal mothers caring for their young and the clear message that breastfeeding is a normal and natural way to feed and care for our children, it's a book we're delighted to recommend.
The publisher of this book has created a teacher's guide to accompany it. Among the different activities in the guide are some great facts about how mammals feed their young – facts we know kids will love:
For more fun mammal facts, check out If My Mom Were a Platypus, by the same author!