This One’s On Me

First — yes, my last name really is Milkowski, emphasis on the milk!

I’m a homeshooling/unschooling mother of two boys, one born in 2012 and the other in 2016. I started this blog in 2014 as an outlet for writing about my breastfeeding experiences, which include in no particular order:

  • tandem nursing
  • sleep nursing
  • breastfeeding during pregnancy
  • introducing solids while breastfeeding
  • full-term nursing (child-led weaning)
  • public breastfeeding
  • breastfeeding with a vegan diet
  • traveling while breastfeeding
  • donating breast milk

…and dealing with some obstacles like:

  • thrush
  • milk blebs
  • oversupply
  • clogged ducts
  • recurrent mastitis
  • nursing aversion
  • family/stranger disapproval & harassment
  • pumping struggles
  • bad advice from medical professionals

Breast is ideal, breast is normal, breast is standard, and for young mammalian nurslings… breast is everything. Ideally, supplements and extras are unnecessary for young babies (no chaser!). Breastfeeding is “a biological imperative” (thanks, Alanis Morissette). Is breastfeeding itself an imperative for good parenting? Of course not. But until recently when formula became available, children could not thrive or even live without breastfeeding. And so breastfeeding isn’t a lifestyle choice, it’s just how babies are naturally fed.

A mother continues to give her best/her love/the utmost of her spirit and soul and body to her children even after her milk runs dry. It’s how babies were designed to first learn about love. Yet, even after weaning children enjoy a continued expression of mama’s love in endless forms. I don’t think there’s one way to breastfeed. But here I’m sharing with you how *I* am doing it, and also introduce you to the many beautiful ways that other nursing mamas do it.

I also write a bit about other peaceful parenting topics like cosleeping, genital autonomy, and raising little vegans.

I’m beginning to work toward becoming a Childbirth Educator and Doula, so stay tuned for a reworked site to reflect these exciting changes early next year.

Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing,

Holly M.

Photo Credit: Ana & Ivan Lifestyle Photography

Photo Credit: Ana & Ivan Lifestyle Photography

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Photo Credit: Ana & Ivan Lifestyle Photography

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