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Mama's Milk / Mamá me alimenta [Paperback]

Michael Elsohn Ross , Ashley Wolff
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March 1 2008
Celebrating the warm and loving bond between mammal mamas and their babies, this lushly illustrated book shows little ones doing what comes naturally-nursing. A perfect choice for cuddling up with a breast-feeding child or preschoolers who wonder how new babies get fed.

Now available as an English/Spanish edition in both hardcover and paperback. More than 20,000 copies sold. Backmatter spread includes 20 fascinating nursing facts.

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PreSchool-Grade 1–From humans to a variety of aquatic and land animals, Ross's rhyming text describes the different ways that mothers nurse their babies. Presented across spreads or on single pages framed by white borders, the pastel-infused watercolor illustrations tastefully depict the nursing pairs. Each species is identified along with the proper nomenclature for its offspring (monkey and infant, bat and pup, whale and calf). Short factual statements about the highlighted animals are appended–kangaroos have pink milk; elephant calves nurse for two to five years; bear cubs drink from hibernating mothers; human milk helps protect babies from disease. This cozy offering will be welcomed by parents who want to share the joy and naturalness of breastfeeding with their children.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MICHAEL ELSOHN ROSS is the award-winning author of more than forty books for children. For over thirty years he has worked as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, where he has joyfully observed children and other young animals at play. He lives along the Merced River in El Portal, California.


ASHLEY WOLFF has written and/or illustrated over 40 books, including The Pen that Pa Built, Only the Cat Saw, Baby Beluga, Stella and Roy, and the ever-popular Miss Bindergarten series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a MUST have book for nursing mommies to have for their babies/toddlers! It is very hard to find books that normalize breastfeeding for children. This is one of them so hold on to it dearly. Its WELL worth the money. The pictures are very pretty. Even shows some baby wearing. :D Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Sept. 25 2013
By Taylor
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter is 1 1/2 and is exclusively breastfed, she has a breastfeeding kitty plush and plays with it while I read her this book, she loves books and this one is so cute!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for the Nursing Mom & Baby July 4 2011
Format:Hardcover
Beautiful book. It explains and normalizes breastfeeding in a loving, simple way. The illustrations are very nice and even caught my 5 month old's attention. It shows different animals nursing, along with a human momma nursing in public. It's a must have for your collection, especially if you are breastfeeding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book normalizes breastfeeding June 22 2011
By Amanda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very nice book about how all mammals breastfeed, humans included! We read it with our older kids in preparation for the new baby, and they love it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching opportunity April 17 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.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Book, Must-Have for AP Parents! Jan. 25 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!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, non-nipply nursing book July 1 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! Feb. 17 2008
By Brian's Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cute! Nov. 27 2008
By Alexis Coxon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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