Breastfeeding is one of the many enchanting experiences of motherhood. Hence, you may have read wonderful quotes about breastfeeding and heard about the beauty of breastfeeding from others. But the true magic of breastfeeding can be experienced when your baby latches onto your breast and starts to suckle.
Breastmilk is nature’s superfood for babies. It nourishes the child and helps create an unbreakable bond of attachment between the mother and the baby.
Whether you are a first-time mom or a mom of three, breastfeeding is a journey that is so special that you will carry it in your heart forever. In this post, we bring you a collection of beautiful quotes on breastfeeding that will resonate with emotions you experience during the lactation period.
Beautiful Quotes On Breastfeeding
Words are not enough to express the feeling of the breastfeeding journey; it has to be felt with the heart. Remember the first time your baby latched on? Wasn’t it one of the happiest moments of your life? Here are some of the best and most beautiful quotes on breastfeeding.
- “Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.” —Pamela K. Wiggins.
- “It’s not about my right to breastfeed; it’s about my child’s right to eat.”
- “Breastfeeding is like a new job; it’s hard in the beginning, it’s easier with practice, and you don’t dare quit. Because you’ll miss out on all the rewards.”
- “My favorite sound is right before a baby latches on; it’s this giggle of joy that is heaven sent.” —Karalynn.
- “Breastfeeding is empowering. It’s an accomplishment that takes dedication I didn’t realize I possessed.”
- “Breastfeeding is an instrumental metaphor for how love works. In a way, you don’t decide how much and how deeply to love – you respond to the beloved and give with joy exactly as much as they want.” —Marni Jackson.
- “Human milk is like ice cream, penicillin, and the drug ecstasy all wrapped up in two pretty packages.” —Florence Williams.
- “Breastfeeding is not always easy, but it is always worth it.”
- “Breastfeeding isn’t just about milk; It is also about love.”
- “Breastfeeding is 90% determination and 10% milk production.”
- “The natural power of breastfeeding is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It is about real love. It is about caring and celebrating the wondrous joy of nurturing a new life. It is about enjoying being a woman.” —Anwar Fazal.
- “Breastfeeding is not a choice; it’s a responsibility.”
- “A baby nursing at a mother’s breast is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature.” —David Suzuki.
- “Breastfeeding is a gift that lasts a lifetime.”
- “Breastfeeding reminds us of the universal truth of abundance; the more we give out, the more we are filled up, and that divine nourishment – the source from which all draw is, like a mother’s breast, ever full and ever flowing.” —Sarah Buckley.
- “When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.” —Diana Gabaldon.
- “Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing, one of the most beautiful things that exist in nature. Think about how a woman can literally feed her baby with her body! In my eyes, this is a certain form of beauty, of divinity! To know that my baby can not only form and bring another human being into the world but that I can actually feed babies with my own milk from my own breasts- that puts me in a state of awe each time I think about it. It is an honor to be a woman.” —C. JoyBell C.
- “While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.” —Amy Spangler.
- “With his small head pillowed against your breast and your milk warming his insides, your baby knows a closeness to you. He is gaining a firm foundation in an important era of life – he is learning about love.”
- “When a mother nurses her baby, she is giving that child her name, her story, and her life’s song. A nursed baby will grow to be strong in body, mind, and spirit.”
- “When a baby is near his source of milk and comfort, he does not have to use much energy to get his mother’s attention; he can use this energy to grow instead.” —Sears and Sears.
- “Breastfeeding is more than nourishment; It is an act of perseverance, vulnerability, and hope.”
- “Breastfeeding is essential, and if your baby does not receive breastmilk, he is placed at unnecessary risk.
- “Breastmilk is love turned into food; it takes someone special to share that love.”
- “The moment she had laid the child to the breast, both became perfectly calm.” —Isak Dinesen.
- I breastfeed not because I think I am better, not because I think less of formula feeding moms, not because I want attention, not because I want to show my breasts to others. I breastfeed because I couldn’t imagine it any other way because my child wants to be nourished from me, because this is what nature intended, and because this was the right choice for my family.”
- “Breastfeeding may be normal and natural, but it’s not always simple and straightforward. It is like riding a bike; no one hops on a two-wheeler the first day and rides 19 miles. We get on the bike and fall off and try again. By the end of that summer, we do ride those 10 miles with ease. Breastfeeding is the same. It’s a skill, and it takes some practice.”
- “Many women are surprised by the passion they come to feel about breastfeeding. If you meet another breastfeeding woman anywhere in the world, you feel a connection, no matter how different her culture is, and no matter how long ago you or she breastfed your babies. Not many of us felt this passionately about breastfeeding until we did it ourselves, and many of us remember it as one of the best things we did in our lives. The experience is just that powerful.”
- “A pair of substantial mammary glands has the advantage over the two hemispheres of the most learned professor’s brain, in the art of compounding nutritious fluid for infants.” —Oliver Wendall Holmes.
- “A newborn has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of their mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.” —Grantly Dick-Read
- Mother’s milk is, I think, a symbol of compassion. Without mother’s milk, we cannot survive, so our first act as a baby together with our mother is sucking milk from our mother, with a feeling of great closeness. At that time, we may not know how to express what love is, what compassion is, but there is a strong feeling of closeness. From the mother’s side also, if there is no strong feeling of closeness toward the baby, her milk may not flow readily. So, mother’s milk is, I think, a symbol of compassion and human affection.” —The Dalai Lama
- “Nursing does not diminish the beauty of a woman’s breasts; it enhances their charm by making them look lived in and happy.” —Robert A. Heinlein
- “Something as simple as breastfeeding could save a million children a year.” —Anne M. Mulcahy
- “It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.” —Honoré de Balzac
- “No one could give her such soothing and sensible consolation as this little three-month-old creature when he lay at her breast, and she felt the movement of his lips and the snuffling of his tiny nose.” —Leo Tolstoy
- “Mothers and babies form an inseparable biological and social unit; the health and nutrition of one group cannot be divorced from the health and nutrition of the other.” —World Health Organization.
- “When she first felt her son’s groping mouth attach itself to her breast, a wave of sweet vibration thrilled deep inside and radiated to all parts of her body; it was similar to love, but it went beyond a lover’s caress; it brought a great calm happiness, a great happy calm.” —Milan Kundera
- “People need to understand that when they’re choosing between breastfeeding and formula, they’re not deciding between Coke and Pepsi… They’re choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available.” —Chele Marmet.
- “Ah, the joy of suckling! She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams.” —Milan Kundera
- “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” —Rajneesh
- “Breastfeeding is a natural “safety net” against the worst effects of poverty. If the child survives the first month of life (the most dangerous period of childhood), then for the next four months or so, exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way toward canceling out the health difference between being born into poverty and being born into affluence…. It is almost as if breastfeeding takes the infant out of poverty for those first few months in order to give the child a fairer start in life and compensate for the injustice of the world into which it was born.” —James P. Grant
- “Imagine that the world had created a new ‘dream product’ to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it.” —Frank A. Oski
- “When a child is starting to be independent, to be able to come back to the mother and hold on, they are processing things when they are nursing. The world is a big place for us; imagine what it is for them. For children, it’s a nurturing, cuddly place to come back to that’s safe, where they can process the world that they are in.” —Kelly Rutherford.
- “The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother didn’t have milk. He was very hungry. I was weaning Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk that I was pumping, so I breastfed the baby… You should have seen his eyes. When he felt the nourishment, he immediately stopped crying… I think it’s a beautiful thing because motherhood is a very strong place for women to connect and understand each other.” —Salma Hayek
- “I persevered through some bumps in the road, to say the least, with breastfeeding because I just felt it was such a natural, beautiful, generous, organic, animal, existential, biological imperative.” —Alanis Morissette.
- “Children don’t just get milk from breastfeeding, they get our energy too.” —Stephen Gaskin.
- “Breastfeeding is not easy and certainly does not come naturally to everyone. As a mother, it is important to do what is best for the child. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty by anyone looking to judge you and not support you.” —Jessie, The Wired Family
- “My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and beliefs about children.” —Gisele Bundchen
- “I am a big believer in breastfeeding. My oldest was breastfed for nine months, my second for six months, and I will try to nurse Kayla for six months. At the end of the day, it’s a big sacrifice, but you have healthier kids.” —Deborah Cox.
- “It is wonderful to have someone who understands breastfeeding and can support you in your efforts.”
- “Knowing that there is an inherent vital value of breastfeeding and breast milk is the first step to embarking on this journey. You have to be convinced that breastfeeding is worth it in order to make breastfeeding worthwhile.”
- “You need not count how many times you feed your baby any more than you need to count how many times you kiss your baby.”
- “Just because something is biological or natural doesn’t mean that it’s easy or that we are instantly good at it. Breastfeeding takes practice.”
- “The greatest joy is nursing one’s own baby. The second greatest is helping another woman to nurse hers.” —Norma Woolf Ritter
Encouraging Breastfeeding Quotes
While the breastfeeding journey can be overwhelming, the beautiful moments it brings along make it all worthwhile. Your baby’s tender touch, gentle smile, and peaceful slumber after feeding are reminders that you are doing nothing but the best for your child. Here are some quotes that celebrate the spirit of motherhood, encouraging mothers to embrace every bit of their breastfeeding journey with happiness and a sense of pride.
- “When I nursed my precious son, it was just me and him. The world fell flat, along with all my worries and frustrations. At that moment together, he was happy, and the love between us became certain. Our body rhymes would sync, our heartbeats and breath as one. This was our time.” —Maranda Bower.
- “It gets easier. Surround yourself with other breastfeeding mothers; their experience and encouragement are priceless.”
- “Your breastmilk contains 3,000,000 germ-killing cells per teaspoon. Your breastmilk is THAT awesome!!”
- “Mother’s milk, developed through evolution with thousands of ingredients to build the human brain, body and immune system, is incomparable with a man-made product of a couple of dozen ingredients that are non-human and in wrong proportions.” —Darcia Narvaez
- “When I see my precious son gaze into my eyes and grin that milky grin – the same eyes that looked into mine minutes after he careened out of my body; the eyes that convinced me that my only job was to keep this child thriving with the miraculous resources given to me through my body – not much else matters.” —Mayim Bialik.
- “I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding, and I encourage women to do it. It’s just so good for the baby and good for yourself.” —Beyonce Knowles.
- “Set aside your fears and worries, mama. You are giving your child love that flows from the heart, not a bottle or a breast.”
- “There is nothing as efficient or as effective as breastfeeding. Nothing has the amount of nutrition that breast milk has. And there is no meal that requires less preparation to serve than breastmilk. In a nutshell, breast milk is both a gift and a responsibility.”
- “Breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day. The reality is that almost all women can breastfeed, have enough milk for their babies, and learn how to overcome problems both large and small. It is almost always simply a matter of practical knowledge and not a question of good luck.— La Leche League
- “The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby.” — Ashley Montague
- “Women should own the fact that we are superheroes for the first however many months of your child’s life. It is your opportunity and your duty to feed your baby should you choose to breastfeed and be proud of it.” — Kristen Bell
Funny Breastfeeding Quotes
As much as breastfeeding is a thrilling experience, it is equally challenging. The late-night feed, sleepless nights, and sore breasts are some breastfeeding challenges that can make it tough. Browse these funny breastfeeding quotes to lighten your mood and forget these woes.
- “As a breastfeeding mother, you are basically just meals on heels.” —Kathy Lette.
- “There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can’t get it.” —Irena Chalmers.
- “Nursing gives you superhuman powers. How else could I be doing all this when I’m usually a sleepaholic?” —Gwen Stefani.
- “I was really looking forward to sleeping on my stomach after giving birth. But now I have milk breasts.”
- “Today marks ten months that I’ve been lying to my husband by telling him it’s dangerous for me to clean the cat litter box while breastfeeding.”
- “Not all superheroes wear capes; some wear nursing bras.”
- “Just put a little breastmilk on it (Said almost every breastfeeding mother).”
- “You know you’re a breastfeeding mom when you decide what to wear on how easily accessible your breasts will be.”
- “Fear? You don’t know fear till you’ve given your nipples in your teething baby’s mouth.”
- “Whoever said ‘there’s no use crying over spilled milk’ obviously never pumped six ounces and accidentally spilled it.”
- “When people say that breastfeeding is ‘free,’ I want to hit them with a two-by-four. It’s only free if a woman’s time is worth nothing.” —Hanna Rosin
- “Becoming a mother means your baby is the one up all night drinking, and you get to be hungover the next day.”
- “My husband and I share the load, I breastfeed because he can’t, and he sleeps because I can’t.”
- “It is not like I’m cooking! I am breastfeeding. I feel like that’s the best cooking I could do.” —Marcia Cross.
- “Before I go back to work, I am going to add breastfeeding to my resume. I think it says a lot about your work ethic and your ability to meet challenges head-on.”
Normalizing Breastfeeding Quotes
Breastfeeding is natural and respectful deed. However, unfortunately, society still looks at it as an offensive act to perform in public. It is time we normalize breastfeeding in public. Here are a few quotes that express what you feel in your heart regarding normalizing breastfeeding in public.
- “My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard.” —David Allen.
- “Never be afraid to nurse in public. If people don’t see it, it will never become normalized.”
- “Success in breastfeeding is not the sole responsibility of a woman – the promotion of breastfeeding is a collective societal responsibility.”
- “A lady feeding her baby in public should be seen with the highest respect.”
- “We live in a society where a mother catches less hell for giving her toddler a coke than she does for giving her toddler breastmilk. I am working to change that in my lifetime.” —Deanna Decker.
- “There is no shame in breastfeeding. It is the love that mothers give to their newborns; it’s the strength that mothers provide to their children. It’s the care that every child needs; it’s the life that only mothers can give. Shame is not something you should feel for this; it should be the pride.” —Tushar Ranjan.
- “We all have nipples. I don’t care who I offend; my baby wants to eat.” —Selma Blair
- “If my breastfeeding offends you, feel free to put a blanket on your head.”
- “Breastfeeding is a beautiful, normal, natural, eco-friendly, local food, slow food, fast food, sustainable. Good for mam, good for the baby, and Good for the world.”
- “I dream of the day we stop talking about normalizing breastfeeding. It is already normal.”
- “A woman’s breastfeeding does not under any circumstances constitute an obscene or lewd act.” —Utah State Law
- “If breastfeeding can’t be seen, women can’t be seen.” —Susan McLennan
- “Why is that advertising formula is just business, but promoting breastfeeding is “pushy?”
- “I am an advocate of indiscreet breastfeeding. The more people who see babies at the breast, the more normal it will be.” —Dr. Jack Newman.
- “Girls walk around in skimpy clothing; no one bats an eye. A mom has to breastfeed her baby; everybody loses their minds.”
- “I breastfeed in public because, for some reason, my baby gets hungry even when we are not at home. So strange.”
- “If you can’t stand breastfeeding in public, just look away like you do with politics, corruption, war, poverty, environmental destruction, or homelessness.”
- “Don’t apologize for breastfeeding in public. Embrace it!”—
- “It is true that breasts can induce sexual tension in men, but truer than that is the fact, that breasts are the primary and healthiest source of nutrition for the infant, so, if men can’t use their higher mental faculty of self-restraint at the sight of breastfeeding at public places, then it’s not the women who need to change their breastfeeding place, it’s the men who need to work on their character.” —Abhijit Naskar.
- “The moment a baby is born, the cord is cut or clamped, while the child is exhibited to its mother, and it is taken away by a nurse to a baby room called the nursery, so-called presumably because the one thing that is not done in it is the nursing of the baby.” —Ashley Montague
- “I think anywhere you give a bottle, you breastfeed. I didn’t feel the need to be immodest, but also feel like that’s going to vary from woman to woman. I would try and be, absolutely, respectful and conscious of the community I was in, but I don’t believe you need to cover up a baby eating, any more than you need to cover up a baby drinking a bottle.” —Mayim Bialik
- “When an actress takes off her clothes on screen, but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women?” —Anna Quindlen
- “As soon as you are ready to eat your lunch in the bathroom, I’ll breastfeed there.”
- “This baby needs my milk, not your opinion.”
- “If grown-ups can eat in public, what can’t babies?”
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is breastfeeding important emotionally?
Breastfeeding has extensive psychological effects on the mother and child (3). A study revealed that it provides satisfaction for both mother and child and helps to strengthen their bonding. It also improves the mother’s emotional well-being (4). Additionally, breastfeeding supports the cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child. In addition, it impacts the mood and stress level of the mother (3).
2. Why should we encourage mothers to breastfeed?
Breastfeeding should be encouraged because of its numerous benefits for both mother and child. Breastfeeding babies provide them with essential nutrients that aid in their immune system development. As a result, breastfed babies are less likely to contract respiratory infections, bacterial meningitis, ear infections, leukemia (in childhood), and other diseases. In addition, breastfeeding helps lower the mother’s risk for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes (5).
3. When should I give up on breastfeeding?
There is no set age limit on when to stop breastfeeding. It is solely the decision of the mother and the child. The La Leche League advises that the longer a child breastfeeds, the better. Experts also suggest that the child will grow out of breastfeeding and wean on their own as they grow older (6).
Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful experiences of motherhood. However, it can get challenging at times. The physiological changes in the mother’s body and discomfort in the baby might make her anxious. But, since the process must continue, you must find ways to motivate yourself to breastfeed. That’s where these quotes, reminding the mother of breastfeeding’s tangible and intangible benefits, may help. If you are a nursing mother or know one, share these quotes about breastfeeding with them. Let them know through these quotes that this process is magical and has some challenges that can be resolved. Also, show them that you support them and will help them in whatever way possible to calm their anxieties.
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