Milky Moments is a beautiful rhyming picture book for children and their families. Written by Ellie Stoneley, the book tells stories of family life and depicts breastfeeding as a very normal part of it. With hand painted illustrations by Jessica D’Alton Goode, Milky Moments was published in May 2015 by Pinter and Martin.

The first print run sold out, and the book is now available worldwide on every major book site online and from many independent (and chain booksellers). Milky Moments received a warm welcome from parents, children and healthcare professionals and only 5 star reviews from around the world. Cards and limited edition signed and numbered prints are now for sale on this site, along with a numbered collectable knitted bear called Eric (he stars in the book), and collectable felted nursing dolls. You can also find you all you need to know about buying a copy of Milky Moments on this website.

A Vote for Breastfeeding

Voting for the 2015/16 Children’s book of the year in the prestigious People’s Book Prize is now open … until the day of the award ceremony on 12th July. Please do consider voting, and telling everyone you know to, for Milky Moments.

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Awards & Reviews

Milky Moments WON the Children’s Book of the Year award at the prestigious People’s Book Prize. This is hugely exciting. The winners are chosen entirely by public vote, which makes the award all the more wonderful and very humbling!! 2016-07-12-21-09-32Hurrah! Thank you!
and oh my word, it’s so important for a little rhyming picture book for children depicting daily family life with breastfeeding as just a normal part of what goes on. The awards were broadcast by Sky TV and were hosted by Sir Frederick Forsyth, Ellie and Jessica both attended and were totally overwhelmed to win.


21 hours ago

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I remember the first time I saw a toddler breastfeeding.

I found it weird. Really weird.

It seemed unnatural to me that a child who could walk and talk should STILL need to nurse.

The second time I saw it, it seemed less weird.
And the third, fourth and fifth time I was fine with it.

“Each to their own, but it’s not for me”, I would say.

I swore that I would breastfeed my own child till six months. Maximum.

Anything after that and they should be using bottles. Of expressed milk or formula. Particularly out in public. After all, they get all they need from solid food from six months anyway.

Six months came. And went.

He refused bottles.
I could barely pump a drop.
Breastfeeding in public was not the discreet affair that I had envisaged.....
And he refused milk in any other form other than straight from the tap...
I was stressed and confused and I inadvertently found myself breastfeeding into toddlerhood.

Every assumption that I had ever made;
About him not needing it past six months, and about how he should be taking bottles...
he dispelled my ignorance at every corner.

And he showed me that he DID need it.
I just had to find that out for myself.

And breastfeeding a toddler suddenly didn’t feel weird. It made so much sense.
For us.

When he was unwell he would rely on it.
When he was upset he would rely on it.
And when he was hurting, happy, tired, angry, hungry, thirsty, sad; he would rely on it.

Until one day he was able to check in with his own emotions, and he no longer relied on it.
He developed his own coping mechanisms.

So why is it important to normalise natural term breastfeeding?
Because if this is the first time someone sees it, then the second or third time it will be slightly less weird. And by the fifth time, it would hardly be noticed or commented upon at all.

Because the only thing that is unnatural about natural term breastfeeding, is society’s ASSUMPTION that it is unnatural or weird.
It was my unrealistic expectations that made it unnatural. And it was my lack of understanding that made it weird.

It is one of motherhoods greatest contradictions;
to push the importance of breastfeeding without adequate support, and then push for her and her child to stop before either of them are ready.

And that needs to end.
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5 days ago

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In 2017 a glorious portrait, 'Breech!' by Ben Sullivan, won the BP portrait of the year at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It depicts his beautiful weary wife nursing their a way so so many of us can relate to...the love that shines out makes me emotional every time I look at it.

The subsequent ripple effect from the win drew positive attention to not just breastfeeding but breastfeeding beyond the first 6 months. Ben's wife used the impetus this gave her to start a breastfeeding support group in her local community. The group now runs weekly in the community room of the fire station and the Haverhill Breastfeeding Friends have supported over 100 mums in person and have an online community of some 300 women online at #HBfFriends.

The National Portrait Gallery are running a vote to choose the favourite portrait from all of the winners in the last 30 years. Breech! is currently second in the 'competition' let's see if we can make it the winning portrait and help to further normalise breastfeeding and celebrate the marvellous work Ginnie Sullivan (the glorious mother in the painting) has done in and around her area.

Please vote and share. Such a fabulous painting...
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1 week ago

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Any time any place anywhereDid you know the law protects you when breastfeeding in public?
You can breastfeed anywhere in public and the Equality Act 2010 protects you from being asked to leave or cover up
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1 week ago

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"Is he a good baby?", some muppet on the telly (from BBC news) asked Meghan and Harry yesterday of their not quite 3 day old new born baby boy.

Oh how I wish they'd replied, "No, no he s not, he's a little bugger. He robbed 5 banks yesterday, rustled a few sheep, swore at the Queen then leapt up and punched the last stupid person to ask such an inane question. He's a new born baby, for fuck sake neither good or bad, unless you subscribe to the theory of original sin in which case we're all born bad"

I used to get so cross about that question... basically it means does he behave like a Baby Annabelle doll or a real human baby with real needs? This type of question undermines the confidence of so many new parents... if the baby cries or doesn't feed when they expect or has an erratic (normal) sleep pattern... the doubt creeps in... what are they, more particularly the new post natal mother doing wrong so as not to have a '"good baby"?

DON'T, just don't ask new parents if their baby is a good one... of course it is.

#newRoyalbaby #Meghan #Harry #ArchieHarrison #Goodbaby #normalbaby

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2 weeks ago

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Ramadan Kareem!

Tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan in the UK. If you're a breastfeeding mum, your body will continue to produce breastmilk for your baby, even if you choose to fast. However, the Quran does exempt you from fasting while breastfeeding if you would prefer - instead, you can make up the fast at another time, or alternatively pay fidyah (feed a person in need).

If you are fasting, some mums find that it helps to change the order of the day around, so that you are resting more in the day and resuming other activities in the evening (although of course this may not always be possible).

If you need more info about fasting, have a look at the following links with information from Dr. Zakir Naik, or give the National Breastfeeding Helpline a call on 0300 100 0212 if you want to talk.
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3 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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Wonderful Hearts Milk Bank...

BBC Lifestyle & Health News
Yulia was told she couldn't breastfeed because of her chemotherapy - so she turned to The Hearts Milk Bank. 👶🏻🍼

(Via BBC London)
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1 month ago

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Just cos...Sabai is almost too tall to feed from mum Thong Dee and sometimes nurses laying down like this. Sabai's brother Luk Chai used to nurse like this too! Elephant calves will generally nurse until approximately 3 - 4 years old.

Photo: Elephant Keeper Dee Ellery
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Milky Moments by Ellie Stoneley and illustrated by Jessica D’Alton Goode

“A delightful picture book that normalizes breastfeeding for young children. I was entranced by the images; they brought me back to my own childhood which was surrounded by family, nursing women and a feeling of happiness and love.”Jacque Gerrard, Director for England, Royal College of Midwives

“A welcome addition to many a bookshelf.” La Leche League, GB

“the words capture everything I’ve ever wanted to tell my children about breastfeeding” – Claire, mother of two.

At home, in hospital or out and about, every beautifully illustrated scene tells a story about day-to-day family life and loving milky moments.

Heart-warming, enchanting and fun, with a small bear called Eric to find on every page, this is a book to treasure that children will love to explore time and again.

With careful attention paid to positioning, Milky Moments also gently educates and informs about breastfeeding, whatever your age.


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