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What’s Mommy Doing?! Happily Breastfeeding @ the Gen-X Family Table

More than 7 out of 10 moms are doing what comes naturally and foregoing the bottle for the breast, according to the CDC. To an older sibling, however, breastfeeding is anything but a natural event. It’s less time with Mommy. It’s frustrating, annoying and really confusing. And what’s wrong with the sippy cup anyway? Written to restore harmony through understanding, Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother is a new children’s book that will be treasured by today’s young families.

Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother is a charming, thoughtful portrayal of how a family adjusts to life with an “ever-hungry” infant and an inquisitive two-year-old sibling. Based on personal experiences of author Mark Repkin and his wife Stacy, the sweetly illustrated children’s book relates the perplexing, often amusing situations that arise when Mommy is feeding baby. Pro-breastfeeding families will appreciate the creative ways used to resolve the discord.

“We’ve come a long way with appreciating the importance of breastfeeding,” said Marian Tompson, co-founder of La Leche League International. “Parents want to know how to introduce these concepts to older siblings, and Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother provides ideas that worked… .”

Throughout the first half of the book, big sister Jenna finds herself dealing with a range of fresh emotions, from natural curiosity, to green-eyed jealousy, to the insecurity of being “dethroned.” In the end, however, love and ingenuity enable Jenna to understand the importance of nursing and become an adoring sister to baby Spencer and a super helper to Mom and Dad.

“This delightful book is a great addition to a child’s library. The author does a wonderful job assisting siblings in an age-appropriate understanding of breastfeeding as well as guiding the adjustment to her new sibling role,” said Dr. Susan Sirota, private practitioner and pediatric instructor at Northwestern University Medical School. “This book fills a need which has long been unmet for parents. I look forward to recommending it to families in my practice.”

Although 77 percent of moms nationally start to breastfeed, the figure drops dramatically to 36 percent by the time babies reach six months of age, according to a new Brigham Young University study. The American Association of Pediatricians recommends continued breastfeeding through baby’s first year. So why do moms stop nursing? Among the top reasons is the pressure placed on the mother from friends, peers, and family. Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother is definitely doing its part to address the latter.

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What a wonderful book. I am a mom of 3 who breastfed all of her children. I wish this book would have been out when I had my second child. I will be giving this book to all of the pregnant women I know.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Davis

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