MAMA’S MILK PROJECT

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

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negativity about breastfeeding
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...
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. ...
Natalie's breastfeeding experience

Natalie’s breastfeeding experience

I breastfeed because I know it’s the best source of nutrition of my child. It’s easier to digest and more nutritious than formula. It’s also very convenient because I’m always ready to nurse at a moments notice. Breast feeding is a new experience for all new moms and sometimes getting started is a challenge. It...
Zoey

Zoey

Anywhere, any time. With my first, I tried to use a receiving blanket to cover up, but he would usually pull it off, or flap it around. Which always seemed to have opposite effect of being discreet! So now I casually open my shirt & just do it. It’s a shame that it might some people uncomfortable....