In an attempt to normalize breastfeeding, I’m logging all fictional books that mention breastfeeding here. [If you’ve read a book that mentions breastfeeding & I haven’t logged it, please comment & I’ll add it. Thanks!]
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez | When one sister loses her child, her husband drinks her milk during sex.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood | The Crakers nurse their babies, and since their children grow faster than normal humans, they are often seen nursing large children.
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay | Breastfeeding & trauma when the main character is kidnapped & raped & her milk dries up.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee | Scout sees women breastfeeding outside the courthouse. She mentions that breasts are “friendlier in pairs.”
Beloved by Toni Morrison | Breastfeeding & trauma. A wonderful and heartbreaking read.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck | Of course this iconic ending features a woman breastfeeding a withered old man to keep him alive.