Hannah, Noah & Harry
"I could say about how breastmilk is a living adapting sterile substance with over 300 components. How the antibodies give young immune systems a boost, how unique sugars feed their fragile gut bacteria so that it flourishes and grows. All this is worth fighting for.
But it is also the feeling of being at one with countless generations of women over the centuries. Also, the connection I feel to the natural order of the world; the calves and lambs in spring, the new litter of kittens.
It's the feeling of their little hands stroking me while they nurse. The smell of their sweet little heads, causing a flood of oxytocin into my bloodstream relaxing and lulling us.
It's the rest while they feed, the feeling of pride as they grow from my milk, the delight on their little faces as my milk lets down, the reassurance of perfect sustenance when they are ill, the early morning milky smiles as they snuggle into me.
For me breastfeeding = liquid love"
Mother Nurture is an ongoing portrait series created to celebrate breastfeeding Mothers. If you would like to take part drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org