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Connections Mothers' Stories
Alison Jones, Oxford, UK
Photo: Alison & Edith by Daisy Simonet

A poem about connections between mother and child.



Your loving arms are all the charms

I need when you keep me close,

feed me at the breast, I won’t protest

if you hold me all the time,

I’m yours and you’re mine,

we are together, finding our way

through this journey, at the beginning

of a new life, as I uncurl into being,

and you butterfly into a new

version of you, one you never knew,

could feel so much for one so small.

Nutrition’s not all I’ll get when I rest

comfy on your chest, to suckle and snuffle,

my hands uncurled in joy, as I sink down

into you, deeply held, at home there,

and you stroke my downy hair

giving me love and so many other things,

protection and immunoglobulins,

to guard me from things which would

make me unwell, but we are unaware

of these as we stare at each other

and hold the gaze, and you whisper

in the shell of my ear, “You’re my world,

my dear.”


Alison & Edith

Alison Jones is an LLL Leader, a writer and teacher from Oxford, a mother to three children, aged five, three, and nine months. She is passionate about breastfeeding and advocates for women and families.

Alison is our poet in residence on breastfeedingtoday. Click to hear more of her poems below (and listen out for her series of poems, coming shortly, to celebrate each of the ten concepts that embody LLL philosophy).

Alison’s poems

A Shout Out for the Mothers


Give me a Meeting with Mothers

La Leche League Meetings

Ten Concepts: Making Milk

Ten Concepts: Mothering through Breastfeeding


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