Breastfeeding in the Animal Kingdom, and in Children’s Books

with Guest Dia L. Michels   LISTEN NOW

Air Date: May 12, 2014

Join Marie as she talks with award-winning science and parenting writer Dia L. Michels about her newly-rereleased If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers, and the role of children’s books in supporting breastfeeding families. Learn about breastfeeding in nature and find out what we can learn about infant feeding from our fellow mammals. Are there differences between human breastfeeding and the lactation habits of other mammals? Do children’s books that portray lactation help normalize this for kids (and adults)? What are the benefits of such books for families? Tune in for a celebration of mothers, and their efforts to meet their babies’ most basic needs. For questions, e-mail anytime. Free download of this and other “Born to be Breastfed” podcasts are available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Guest Profile – Dia L. Michels

Dia is an award-winning internationally published science and parenting writer. She has written, coauthored or edited over a dozen books. Her titles include Milk, Money & Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding; Breastfeeding at a Glance: Facts, Figures and Trivia About Lactation; Breastfeeding Facts for Fathers; and the book we will be talking about today, If My Mom Were A Platypus Mammal Babies and their Mothers. Dia is founder and president of Platypus Media, an independent press in Washington, DC, dedicated to promoting breastfeeding, safe infant sleep and attachment parenting, A popular speaker, she appears regularly healthcare, parenting and education conferences. She also teaches classes at children’s, natural history and science museums and leads professional development workshops for teachers on using mammal stories to teach science concepts. Dia lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their three children.
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