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Ten Concepts: Making Milk Mothers' Stories
Alison Jones, Oxford, UK
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10 Concepts: Making milk

La Leche League is founded on a philosophy summarized in ten concept statements which all LLL Leaders hold dear.

In a series of poems Alison puts her interpretation of our beliefs into verse. Here is the second.

Concept two: Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.

Making Milk

If you keep your baby with you,

as much as you can, make it your plan

at birth as your little one comes earthside,

you’ll find your body can do magical things;

skin to skin will help your milk come in,

and as, like new lovers, you gaze,

in a trance, or a haze, day after day,

you’ll learn the cues and what do

when you see budded lips searching,

small hands reaching the face, and open mouth

moving side to side, once puckered, now wide,

looking for the good stuff, keeping baby close

will help to make enough, increasing feed by feed,

let baby take the lead, looking love in the eyes

as you establish a supply and take tentative

footsteps on a new path together;

motherhood will change you forever.


Alison & Edith

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

Alison is our poet in residence on breastfeedingtoday. Hear more of her poems here.

Alison’s poems

A Shout Out for the Mothers



Give me a Meeting with Mothers

La Leche League Meetings

Ten Concepts: Mothering through Breastfeeding



Enough Milk? How to tell my Newborn Baby is Getting Enough

Skin-to-Skin Contact


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