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Mama's Milk / Mama me Alimenta (Spanish) Paperback – 31 Mar 2008


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; Bilingual edition (31 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462455
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HappyMum on 27 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Breastfeeding Mums Blog

How do you go about explaining breastfeeding to your children? At best it can be a little awkward, and very often new moms wait until the new baby is born before approaching the subject with older siblings.

However, help is at hand...

I was recently asked to review the most delightful little book, Mama's Milk, written by Michael Elsohn Ross and illustrated by Ashley Wolff. Now, given that in my pre-baby days I was an English teacher and I often asked my pupils to write book reviews for me, it seemed at first a little odd to be the one writing the review, but to be honest I was quite honoured to oblige as book reviewing is something I have often wondered about.

So what did I make of Mama's Milk?

Written by Michael Elsohn Ross, a naturalist and environmental educator, the aptly entitled Mama's Milk is the perfect introduction to breastfeeding for young children.

At first glance, I was struck by Ashley Wollf's charming watercolour illustrations which succinctly evoke the softness and gentleness of the book's theme and bring the story beautifully to life. I found the images reminiscent of books I myself had read as a child.

As I proceeded to read Mama's Milk, I could sense the care and attention that the author had captured in his tender, poetic and almost lullaby style of writing. Familiar and unfamiliar mammals are placed alongside human mothers, all feeding their young in a wide variety of surroundings. Something all the mammals share in common is the nurturing relationship developing between mother and offspring, and the language used to convey this bond is perfect for young minds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Smith on 18 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely little book for sharing breastfeeding imagery with your little ones. Great for those who are extended feeding, or for a big brother or sister when there is a new addition to the family. Lovely way to normalise breastfeeding and show that all the other animals do it too, it's just natural. We opted for the bi-lingual version as it was slightly cheaper but it doesn't detract from the book at all by having it in two languages. It is a great way to open a dialogue about breastfeeding too, we often have other children look through the book and it is a lovely, simple way to explain why my daughter has her milk from me when the other children may not remember or not have been breastfed themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Bailey on 6 Jun 2010
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The texts were lovely, both the English and Spanish versions.
The illustrations were beautiful and my son enjoyed looking at all the baby animals.
Full of interesting facts as well. A great book to share with your children how wonderfully natural breastfeeding is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susie on 4 Mar 2014
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Lovely book with great pics. My 20 month old loves reading this with me while feeding. He especially likes the scene at the park. Nice to see other animals feeding their young
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Great teaching opportunity 18 April 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Michael Elsohn Ross' book, Mama's Milk, provides parents and caretakers a wonderful opportunity to discuss how and why mothers nurse their babies. The stories are told in a comforting rhyme and celebrate breastfeeding and the bonding that results.

The author begins with a human mother cuddling her child and nursing and continues with pigs, horses, monkeys, elephants, bats, otters and on and on. At the back of the book there are individual pictures of the different animals and facts about them in conjunction with nursing. I learned a lot.

The illustrations are lovely and contribute greatly to the message. Not only will your child learn about mothers feeding their offspring, but the animal illustrations provide a great opportunity to learn to identify animals.

Armchair Interviews says: If you have a new baby and have older siblings, Mama's Milk is a great tool for learning, understanding and embracing the importance of mother's milk.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous Book, Must-Have for AP Parents! 25 Jan 2008
By Elise Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book celebrates how beautiful and natural breastfeeding is...even for humans! My children were delighted to see beautiful pictures of a mom cuddling and nursing a baby in bed, nursing on a park bench, and wearing baby in a sling. They exclaimed, "It's like us!" And the way the book connects nursing with snuggling and cuddling in all creatures is gorgeous. As an added bonus, there are little nursing facts about different animals at the book (like a father coyote takes care of feeding a nursing mother coyote and how elephants nurse up to five years!) It gives you the names of animals and their babies, the names of their homes, etc. too, so very educational to boot! Gorgeous, beautiful book full of love and natural beauty!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
great, non-nipply nursing book 1 July 2008
By ... - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love finding books that normalize breastfeeding to children, but a lot of them are too "nipply" to me -- as natural as it is, and as much as I might nurse a baby in public without a care, I don't like the books with nipples all over the pages. Maybe I just feel self-conscious if someone else should see the books, or maybe it's just me being prudishly American. Regardless, this book is quite tastefully done. Even those who think babies should be nursed under a cover and only until they are 6mo old couldn't object to it.

Wish it was a boardbook, as most kids who are nursing are still ripping up paper pages, but it's a high quality printing on thicker than average paper.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book! 18 Feb 2008
By Brian's Mama - Published on Amazon.com
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My nursing toddler son and I LOVE this book! The drawings are beautiful, the story is sweet, and we learned a lot about other nursing mammals! Brian's favorites-- the nursing puggles (platypus babies) and the fact that kangaroos make pink milk. This book gets a lot of cuddles, sweet milky smiles, and of course ends in a good night nurse.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Too cute! 27 Nov 2008
By Alexis Coxon - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book for my son, almost 20 months, to help prepare him to see me nursing his new baby brother (due in a month) -- I had to exclusively pump for my older little guy, so he doesn't have any memory of nursing.

The illustrations are just adorable! There are human families (of all ethnicities), as well as animals both familiar (cats, horses) and a little less usual (platypuses, bats). My son loves looking at the pictures and having me name the various animals (or trying to name them himself ... he gets a little confused sometimes, though, and thinks the kangaroos are dogs ...)

It's great to see a book that shows breastfeeding as normal and natural. We have a couple of "we're having a new baby" books for my son, and I've been disappointed in how they both show the babies drinking bottles. This is a nice counterpoint.
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