Life as a Doula, Journey of a Woman

Thursday, 30 July 2015


There is something about sitting with a mum who is nursing her baby.  Maybe its the oxytocin, I don't know, maybe it's being in the presence of the most holy of communions, the most pure and giving form of love that there is.

Being with a mum and her baby is like walking in nature, or sitting in a church. there's a connection to something spiritual, something greater than the mundane, that is absolutely rooted completely in the mundane, in the physical, the biological, mammalian, animal life which of course, breastfeeding is.

 If you can sit still for a short while, and just be with them, you will feel it.  Those around the mother and baby are nurtured too, blessed by the power, the urgency, the determination and wonder of this act.  It is the total antidote to all the crap, evil, and negativity out there which is encountered in life, or drip-fed from the media.

 So much around us is destructive, we are destructive to our earth, whether we mean to be or not. So much out there can threaten us, and we are ourselves a threat to our world.  A mother nurturing and nourishing her baby is transferring a magical substance, and that is not just the milk which is itself a live force, alive. Breastfeeding is a complex communication, physical, physiological, emotional, hormonal.

 This act is the complete opposite of everything else that's out there, it is a force, a force for the good, for all that is positive and healthy, a force that is actively protecting the human race, it is full of hope, it means that we can go forward.

These helplines are available if you need to speak to a breastfeeding counsellor in the UK:

ABM 0300 330 5453
NBFH 0300 100 0212 
NCT  0300 3300 771
LLL 0845 120 2918

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