MAMA’S MILK PROJECT

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

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The first few weeks
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...
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...
Laura and Jasmine

Laura and Jasmine

I breastfeed for the health and development of my daughter.  I breastfeed for the close bond with my child.  I learned to breastfeed with the help of my midwives and a friend who is a midwife as well as in our pre-natal class run by an wonderful experienced Doula.  I had also read a fair...
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...
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....