The Elephants

The sun beats down, dust swirling as pain surges through your body. Vulnerable and wounded, you’re unable to stand. Predators have left you torn, and vultures begin to circle overhead. Gathering strength, you try to stand but collapse again. The thunder of feet causes you to open your clenched eyes, lurching to awareness. Shadows pass over you as huge figures block out the light. Have the enemies returned? No. Allies have arrived.

Side by side, backs to you, your community encircles to protect you. No predator stands a chance against this impenetrable ring of females. Stomping, trumpeting, tusks brandishing, it is clear that no danger is a match for these fearless defenders. Rescued, relief washes over you as you rest and heal. When your strength returns, upheld by this sisterhood, together you march proudly home.

This is the scene as an elephant faces a predator, soothes an injury, or gives birth to her baby. Protected by a ring of others, elephants experience these life changing moments safely surrounded by their community. They guard each other, support one another, reinforce each other in weakness, and celebrate together in victory.



Milky Mommas is built on the foundation of this Elephant story.

We encircle our sisters as they pass through the most challenging hours, days, and seasons of life. None of us is ever alone, no matter how grueling the trial. There is nothing as formidable as a community of women, committed to doing life together.

When you bring your baby home and feel completely overwhelmed? We’ve been there.

When you’re up at 3am with a child who just won’t nurse to sleep? Your sisters are up too.

When you reach an important milestone and nobody else understands? We get it.

We show up.
We protect.
We defend.
We stick around through the hard stuff.

We lock arms to protect the momma in pain.

We lift up the momma in the midst of trials.

We laugh, we mourn, and we celebrate- together.





One of our sisters is in the midst of a dark season- something no woman should face. We will not let her face it alone. Please join us in support and love of this momma, as we walk with her through the darkness- as we surround her with protection, support, and love.






Subscribe to this blog to be notified as we host this momma as a guest blogger. She’ll share her heart with us while she bravely takes on a challenge no woman ever should.

She is walking through the fire- please join us as we walk with her.



(Featured Image Credit – David Yarrow)

Black Women Breastfeeding – Queen-Tiffaney’s Story

In honor of Black History Month, we are featuring some amazing Black mommas here on the blog! Check out this interview with Queen Tiffaney 🙂


Hey Tiffaney! So, what has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey has been actually a wonderful experience! I haven’t had any cases of mastitis or low supply. I’ve been blessed, kept up my oatmeal and water intake, and my daughter and I have thrived well!

Thats amazing! Congratulations! Did any of the women in your family breastfeed?

I have a few older cousins and aunts that did breastfeed, but my mom did not. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers have passed away, so I honestly don’t know if they did.

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So if it wasn’t in the family, what was it that made you want to breastfeed?

I attempted breastfeeding my son who is 5 now, but I had little to no education about successfully breastfeeding. This time around my sister had exclusively pumped and my best friend had successfully breastfeed her son. I researched the entire 9 months I was pregnant, made Pinterest folders for breastfeeding, talked to other moms who successfully or unsuccessfully breastfeed, and I also joined maybe Facebook groups including Milky Mommas! This time I knew what I was doing, knew what negative signs to look for, and felt so much more prepared!

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Communities are so important for support, thats awesome. What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

When my daughter was a month old, my kids dad decided he no longer wanted to be with me and left with no warning. I had no money for rent, bills were 2 months behind, and I had two kids to now care for alone. It was the hardest time of my life. I had seen nothing but darkness and tending to my beautiful daughter was no longer a wonderful blessing, but now a mistake and burden. I almost blamed her for his departure. My supply TANKED! I had to eat so much and drink so much water to keep up, and I honestly wanted to quit. Her smile no longer made my heart skip a beat. I felt like a failure to myself and my daughter. Breastfeeding was the only thing that kept us connected, it literally saved me and my relationship with my baby. I now would never second guess anything in my life!

Thats incredible! I’m sorry you went through that, but you’re amazing for pushing through it. Who are your biggest breastfeeding supporters?

My mom is my rock! Even though she didn’t breastfeed she’s such a great supporter. She has bought me so much to assist with breastfeeding, and even helped me buy a pump on the go.

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Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

Every time the kids and I eat out my son says “Is sissy going to eat your chest?!”

Oh my gosh thats awesome, kids say the craziest stuff! Especially in public!  Last question- Is there anything else you’d like to share or encourage other moms?

I tell new mom’s “never doubt your body!”. Our bodies are amazing and they never let us down!! When in doubt latch, latch, latch!!

So true. Just keep nursing 🙂 Thanks for hanging out Queen-Tiffaney!

World Breastfeeding Week 2017

World Breastfeeding Week is here! We’ve been doing a few things all week long to celebrate.

First, we released this mosaic, made up entirely of our members’ submitted photos. If you zoom in, you’ll see mothers nursing babies, mothers nursing toddlers or preschoolers, mothers pumping, some photos of pumped milk, milk baths, and so much more. This mosaic is a love letter to our membership. We love you ladies!



Second, we are offering an exclusive new apparel design, created for Milky Mommas, which is not available anywhere else! Check out this order form doc to order your shirts, hoodies, onesies, or bags in our gorgeous Word Cloud Momma design! The order will be closing soon, so don’t wait!


Third, we have released several new advocacy graphics. Take a scroll through these lovely women and babies, we hope you feel empowered!

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Fourth, our founder Christine has created this set of graphics to help us ask for the support we need from our families, communities, employers, and healthcare providers. Feel free to download and post those that apply to you, in order to start a discussion with your loved ones about breastfeeding support.

Last but not least, many of our mommas are attending Big Latch On events in their areas. Are you? What are you doing to celebrate this week? Tell us about it in the comments!

Lactation Professionals and Resources

Support is key to the success of any breastfeeding relationship. It truly takes a village! Use the links and resources below to find a lactation professional or breastfeeding support group near you.


Why an IBCLC?

An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a highly trained lactation professional. IBCLCs spend hundreds of hours studying the biology and best practice of lactation, and are certified by the IBLCE, which establishes the highest standards in lactation and breastfeeding care worldwide. There are many wonderful CLE and CLCs out there, but IBCLCs undergo a uniquely rigorous and thorough course of training to receive their certification. Overall, their knowledge tends to be more complete and up to date.


Savannah, GA Resources

We have 3 IBCLCs (all in the Savannah/Statesboro area of GA) in the Milky Mommas group. These ladies are amazing and can literally turn your breastfeeding relationship from a nightmare into a dream come true:

Pamela Holland

Nancy Derr

Helen Pastures

Find an IBCLC in Your Area


La Leche League

There are local La Leche League meetings in every state. Many groups have local Facebook pages.

See link below to find your local group:

  • Call the Leader Locator at 847-519-7730. This number provides access to an automated system for finding LLL Leaders in the US by entering a local zip code. In Canada, call 800-665-4324, or 514-LA-LECHE for a French-speaking Leader.
  • If you are unable to find a Group or Leader near you, 24-hour breastfeeding help is available toll-free in the US from the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline-US at 877-4-LALECHE (877-452-5324).

If you are local to Savannah GA, here is the LLL of Sav page:


Breastfeeding USA

The mission of Breastfeeding USA is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.

Find a Breastfeeding USA group in your area:



How to Become an IBCLC

If you are interested in becoming an IBCLC, you can find more information here:

If you have worked with an incredible IBCLC or LLL in your area, feel free to share their link with us. The more resources we have, the more support our fellow Milky Mommas will have on their amazing breastfeeding journey.