Categories: Breastfeeding Today, Previous Issues


Originally published May 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author.


Your loving arms are all the charms

I need when you keep me close,

feed me at the breast, I won’t protest

if you hold me all the time,

I’m yours and you’re mine,

we are together, finding our way

through this journey, at the beginning

of a new life, as I uncurl into being,

and you butterfly into a new

version of you, one you never knew,

could feel so much for one so small.

Nutrition’s not all I’ll get when I rest

comfy on your chest, to suckle and snuffle,

my hands uncurled in joy, as I sink down

into you, deeply held, at home there,

and you stroke my downy hair

giving me love and so many other things,

protection and immunoglobulins,

to guard me from things which would

make me unwell, but we are unaware

of these as we stare at each other

and hold the gaze, and you whisper

in the shell of my ear, “You’re my world,

my dear.”

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

You can print to paper or to a PDF file.

For best printing results, open the site in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Although you can view the site well in any browser, printing from other browsers might not operate correctly.

1. Browse to the web document that you want to print.

2. Click the Print button that is displayed on the web page (not the Print command on the browser menu or toolbar).
This opens the browser print window. The window displays a preview of the document that will be printed. The preview might take a minute to display, depending on the document size.

3. In the Printer box, select the desired printer.
For example, if you are working on a Windows computer, and you want to print to a PDF file, select Save as PDF.

4. As required, configure the other options such as the pages to print.

5. Click the Print button.
If you are generating a PDF, click Save. You are prompted for the name and folder location to save the file.