MAMA’S MILK PROJECT

The Mama's Milk Project is about documenting and sharing
modern women's breastfeeding experiences.

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Martha and Maeve

Martha and Maeve

I think one of the main issues women face is the contradictory messages we receive about motherhood in general. For example, we spend a ton of time preparing and learning about the birth of our first child and very little time learning about breastfeeding and what life is like after having a baby. We are...
Sarah

Sarah

  I wanted to give my daughter the best start in life and provide her with nature’s perfect food!  I also wanted to experience what I imagined to be quite a powerful relationship between mother and child.  And, truthfully, I was kind of lazy and cheap and couldn’t fathom making a bottle in the middle...
Johanna

Johanna

I never decided to breastfeed, I just did.  It never occured to me that there was another option or that so many people choose another option.  I am constantly amazed by the strength and complexity of the human body, every cell has a purpose.  I am made to reproduce and I am capable of sustaining...
Laura, Jack and Madeline

Laura, Jack and Madeline

I decided to breastfeed because it is always with me, always the right temperature, and free.  The health benefits are a nice bonus! I had a midwife for both my pregnancies and they helped in the beginning but the lactation consultants I have seen (in two different cities) have really been the reason I have...
Andrea

Andrea

With baby No. 1 (my son), I needed a lot of help. Not with the latching – my son was a natural…but my milk didn’t come in for SIX days! It was awful, and my baby was losing weight and not passing urine or stool. Scary stuff. Thankfully, we have an amazing resource at Toronto...
Jess

Jess

I decided to breastfeed before I even got pregnant, but mostly for nutritional reasons. I read all about the health benefits of breastfeeding for both my baby and me and I felt it was my obligation to my unborn child to at least try to breastfeed. Diabetes runs in my husband’s family and I struggled...
Susanne

Susanne

The most important thing is to ask for help immediately if you experience problems. Most problems are easy to fix when they are small, but they easily grow into huge problems. Although breastfeeding is a very natural phenomenon, it is a learning process for most mothers and babies. It is also a very vulnerable process...
Anna and Victor

Anna and Victor

I think the number one issue is lack of support, whether it is from the nurses (in L&D, NICU, ER, etc…), doctors, midwives, spouses/boyfriends, mothers, or friends. I’m a doula and provide some breastfeeding support and hear negative comments made towards breastfeeding mothers quite commonly. If support people (especially nurses, doctors, and midwives) were better...
Holly and Alistair

Holly and Alistair

I was ill-prepared for the trials of breastfeeding at the beginning even though I had done a lot of reading. The culture of sharing on this subject in our society at large is in its infancy and intergenerational passing of knowledge is limited since many new parents had mothers who chose not to breastfeed. People...
Rebekah and Gabriel

Rebekah and Gabriel

Have really supportive people around you – people who believe in you, and make you feel really good about yourself.  People who will let you cry, see your inner strength and reflect it back to you.  You CAN do it! Even if I didn’t LOVE doing it, I would have tried my hardest to breastfeed. ...
Robin

Robin

I thought it would be easier than it was, when I had trouble early on my husband got me a post-partum doula who came 2-3 times. I also went to the Jack Newman clinic a few times, and the Breastfeeding Centre for Families at the Toronto East General Hospital frequently (bi-weekly for the first 4...
'The lost art of breastfeeding'

‘The lost art of breastfeeding’

The first 2 months were one of the most stressful times of my life I think. But now it is wonderful. I had the idea that since breastfeeding was natural, it came naturally. I would have made myself familiar with the problems that can occur and the options that you have. Just like with the...