Breastfeeding and Birth books for children – review and giveaway

It always surprises me how interested children are in reading about the everyday. As in, I think we’ve probably read a book about going to the library – at the library. Books can powerfully demystify potentially scary or confusing experiences like going to the dentist or feed their natural curiosity about things like plane journeys.

That’s why I love these two books published by Pinter & Martin: Monica Calaf and Mikel Fuentes’ You, Me and the Breast, and How You Were Born. We’ve had You, Me and the Breast for quite some time and will be donating the copy Pinter & Martin sent us to our local La Leche League group.

It’s one of Talitha’s favourite books. She will request it over and over, given the chance – usually wanting Daddy to read it. So it’s given me the giggles hearing Laurence read: “When you came out of my tummy…”

To be honest, I didn’t really “get” it for a while. It just seemed weirdly over-factual for a children’s book, if that makes any sense. But now that she’s at the age where she’s asking questions about everything and we talk about things that she did when she was a baby (mainly because she has a baby sister), I can see the appeal. The Picasso-style drawings seem more adult than kiddy, really, but she likes them.

How you were born

I like that the baby grows into a child who is clearly a child but still breastfeeding. She can identify with that and, even if she couldn’t, because it shows how normal breastfeeding past infancy is. It’s also great that it ends with the boy not needing to breastfeed to sleep anymore. It’s a hint that he’s on the path to weaning but that it’s not a sudden thing. For us, that’s been a part of our conversation around weaning and that it will some day happen.

As for How You Were Born, I think we love it equally. There is so much to talk about in the images and it gave us lots to chat about regarding Talitha’s birth as well as Ophelia’s. The birth described is natural, straightforward and at home.

It may not be exactly the way it happened with both of them but it’s a lovely image of birth that I’d like her to have. I love that contractions are described as waves. All in all, birth is not at all painted as something to be feared but a beautiful, peaceful and powerful experience. I love that this is her introduction to the process.

Talitha reading

We’ve already read it many times and this quote gets me each time:

“They say that the two most important days
in your life are the day you are born
and the day you find out why.
We will always be with you on this journey.”

Pinter and Martin is giving away a copy of each of these books on this here blog as part of the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. Comment and tell me what you want your children to know about breastfeeding or birth and enter the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Giveaway ends midnight Tuesday 8th July 2014. Winners will be contacted shortly afterwards. UK entrants only.

The books retail at £6.99 each but with code “HYWBBLOG200” you can get £2 off per book plus free postage when you buy directly from Pinter and Martin.

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59 Comments

  1. June 24, 2014 / 8:53 am

    I really want a book that will explain birth to Cherry, it will no doubt do it in a better way than the explanation I have tried to give her! x
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  2. Elizabeth Ferguson
    June 24, 2014 / 11:57 am

    Is it painful

  3. Elizabeth Ferguson
    June 24, 2014 / 11:58 am

    Sorry, misread the question.
    I guess I’d want them to know how special it is.

  4. Ray D
    June 24, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I’d want my lIttle ones to know that birth (and breastfeeding) are normal and natural parts of our lives, and something women are built to do. I’d hope to pass on a trust in their bodies,

  5. richard hill
    June 24, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    birth should come 1st i think then the breast feeding just like in life

  6. Sandra Lane
    June 24, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I want my children to never be embarrassed about their bodies or about how natural breastfeeding is.

  7. kim neville
    June 24, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    My little boy is always asking questions and would find this very interesting

  8. June 24, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    I would like the how you were born book as my 4.5 year old is extremely why orientated, and I think this may help the explaining…
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  9. laura stewart
    June 24, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    oo im not sure theres alot to know xx

  10. June 24, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    That it’s natural x

  11. June 24, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    I want Ayla to learn that birth can be a lovely thing, not of the way she was bought into the world.

  12. Francesca
    June 25, 2014 / 12:00 am

    I think the breastfeeding book would be lovely to continue our perception of breastfeeding a toddler/child being completely normal and to gently introduce the weaning process when we’re ready. I also love that one of your daughters is called Ophelia as that’s my daughter’s name too!

  13. Alison
    June 25, 2014 / 12:50 am

    I’d like my daughter to know how precious it is to breastfeed her.

  14. Viv C
    June 25, 2014 / 11:07 am

    That it’s not scary – birth. And how lovely it was to breast feed her.

  15. Rosie
    June 25, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    That we are biologically designed to do it and there are ways to support that biology rather than undermining it.

  16. June 25, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    I’m planning a homebirth this time, and I’m worried about my 5 year old. He’s a bit of a sensitive soul and I think seeing me in pain would upset him so I’d like some way of letting him know it’s okay

  17. Pia Stephens
    June 25, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    Our 3 year old has gone through it all twice already so he knows a lot, he even feeds a doll we have 😀 I want my kids to understand the whole thing but obviously the way which is suitable for their age (flowers and bees will come a lot later) x

  18. Sarah May
    June 25, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    That is was all done with love

  19. June 26, 2014 / 6:32 am

    I would like the books for my daughter. We don’t really know anyone that breastfed past 1 so I want her to realise it’s normal and natural. I’d like her to understand basic concepts of birth and not be frightened or scared.

  20. Gina M
    June 26, 2014 / 9:01 am

    That they are both totally natural and normal

  21. Hekna
    June 26, 2014 / 9:12 am

    That both birth and breastfeeding are the most natural things in the world.

  22. June 26, 2014 / 10:30 am

    As I’m about to give birth in the next few months, anything that can help me explain it to E sounds great. These look lovely (even if they are a bit weirdly factual!)

  23. Val Pownall
    June 26, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    What lovely books! With two little girls there will always be lots of questions which should be answered simply and honestly – obviously depending on their age. And mostly how very beautiful and special life is.

  24. June 26, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    I want my children to be introduced to these aspect of life as a normal occurence and it seems these books will enable this to happen. They’ll be an excellent resource to explore of question about how they got here with them an early age and at an age appropriate level.
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  25. Keri Jones
    June 26, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    I would love my son to know about both but as I didn’t breastfeed I would have to go with birth x

  26. Charlotte
    June 26, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    That it’s natural

  27. Janine Phillips
    June 26, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    That it is natural and clearly explained

  28. June 26, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    I would love my children to know that its natural and not the taboo that society makes it out to be.

  29. lara davis
    June 27, 2014 / 10:53 am

    That breastfeeding is a personal choice but its totally natural and how my son was fed for 15 months

  30. kay panayi
    June 27, 2014 / 11:35 am

    my son is convinced that babies come from Iceland haha

  31. June 27, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I want them to know that they can do both, that their bodies are powerful and capable.
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  32. Gemma Clark
    June 27, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    That it is such a natural thing

  33. Amy
    June 27, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    That its natural and is what our bodies were designed to do.

  34. Sarah Strickland
    June 27, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    As much they can, suitable for their age at the time.

  35. Hollie Fraser
    June 28, 2014 / 8:57 am

    I would really like my children to have a basic understanding of both as it is a natural part of human nature and i don’t think its ever too early for them to learn. These books illustrate that very well x

  36. June 28, 2014 / 11:27 am

    That breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and breastfeeding past six months is lovely, despite what some people say!

  37. Emily Carter-Dunn
    June 28, 2014 / 11:59 am

    That is is natural and not disgusting.

  38. Martina Pichova
    June 28, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Why the breast milk is so important for babies.

  39. emma falvi
    June 28, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    birth please

  40. June 28, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Its important to know how the world works.
    The little one is obsessed with milk at the moment, and kind of knows that babies come from mummys tummy. Filling in the gaps is great.

  41. claire woods
    June 28, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    That it is one of the wonders of the world.

  42. kerry little
    June 28, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    That birth and breastfeeding is natural i involved my 3yr old in most of my pregnancy appointments and she watches me feeding her sisted and using pump if needed she akso knows she was breastfed

  43. Candise Moore
    June 28, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    How to nurse whilst working.

  44. simon reilly
    June 29, 2014 / 12:59 am

    That it’s natural

  45. lynsey
    June 29, 2014 / 11:28 am

    brilliant

  46. Harley
    June 29, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    That it’s natural and not yucky x

  47. Laura Pritchard
    June 29, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    Anything they want to know so they are informed & not confused.

  48. carol boffey
    June 29, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    birth pls

  49. Kirsty Fox
    June 29, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    That it is a natural thing to do

  50. Kirsteen Mackay
    June 30, 2014 / 8:40 am

    I’d like to teach them how breastfeeding is natural and so good for the baby.

  51. taja mckenzie
    June 30, 2014 / 8:46 am

    That breasfeeding is natural and good for baby and it saves you alot of money

  52. Andrea F
    June 30, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I’m expecting number 2 and my 4 year old is full of questions!

  53. amy scullion
    June 30, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    that its perfectly natural

  54. Jenna Simcox
    June 30, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Always good for children to understand the natural way

  55. June 30, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    I would love these books to answer the questions that my eldest is bound to ask one day!

  56. Samantha R
    June 30, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    I would like my daughter to have a positive view of bodies, breastfeeding, relationships and birth, its difficult sometimes to speak to her aged just 7 and try to answer honestly and keep it age appropriate, these look great

  57. Harriet
    June 30, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    To not rush into anything.

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