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Breastfeeding can be easy and wonderful, or it can be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

Being a nursing mother requires commitment, persistence, and a sense of humor.

It can be challenging to stick with it when things are hard.

I collected these 36 beautiful breastfeeding quotes to encourage you when the going gets tough.

I also included some funny breastfeeding quotes and sayings to help you keep your sense of humor about this whole breastfeeding journey.

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“I make milk. What’s your superpower?”

Original Author Unknown


“Mother’s milk is soul food for babies. The babies of the world need a lot more soul food.”

-Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.” 

-Alanis Morissette


“Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby, and the earth.”

Pamela K Wiggins

“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 body 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 honour to be a woman.”

― C. JoyBell


“Human milk is like ice cream, penicillin, and the drug ecstasy all wrapped up in Two pretty packages.”

Florence Williams

“A newborn has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.”

-Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

Funny and Beautiful Breastfeeding Quotes

“Affordable health care begins with breastfeeding.”

United States Lactation Consultant Association

“While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.”

-Amy Spangler


“Bottles fill his stomach, but breastfeeding fills his soul.”

-Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC

“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 dozen ingredients that are non-human and in wrong proportions.”

-Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.


“It is the lucky child who still breastfeeds past two years old.”

-Former US Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop

“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, Dragonfly in Amber

Funny and Beautiful Breastfeeding Quotes

“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 we all draw is, like a mother’s breast, ever full and ever flowing.”

-Sarah Buckley

“Mother’s milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature’s perfect food.” -Robert S Mendelsohn


“Breastmilk is love turned into food it takes someone special to share that love.”

Human Milk 4 Human Babies

“When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature’s evolution. Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren’t sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form.”

-Christine Northrup


“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

“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 dozen ingredients that are non-human and in wrong proportions.”

Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.

Funny and Beautiful Breastfeeding Quotes

“Nursing does not dimmish the beauty of a woman’s breasts; it enhances their charm by making them look lived in and happy.”

-Robert A. Heinlein

“A breastfeeding support kit from a formula company is like a vegetarianism support kit from a pig farmer.”

Annie at PhD in Parenting



“If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers’ needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market. The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically. Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence.”

-Gabrielle Palmer


“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

“If a new vaccine became available that could prevent one million or more child deaths a year, and that was moreover cheap, safe, administered orally, and required no cold chain, it would become an immediate public health imperative. Breastfeeding can do all of this and more, but it requires its own ‘warm chain’ of support – that is, skilled care for mothers to build their confidence and show them what to do, and protection from harmful practices. If this warm chain has been lost from the culture or is faulty, then it must be made good by health services.”



“I’m an advocate of ‘indiscreet’ breastfeeding – the more that people see babies at the breast, the more normal it will be.”

-Dr. Jack Newman


“My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard.”

David Allen



“People say, ‘You’re still breastfeeding, that’s so generous.’ Generous, no! It gives me boobs and it takes my thighs away! It’s sort of like natural liposuction. I’d carry on breastfeeding for the rest of my life if I could.”

Actress Helena Bonham Carter


“Mommy, that tastes so good. It tastes like ice cream!”

-A friend’s 5-year-old who wanted to see what her baby sister got to eat.

You know you’re a breastfeeding mom when you decide what to wear based on how easily accessible your breasts will be.

-Author Unknown

Funny and Beautiful Breastfeeding Quotes

“Everyone knows that if boobs were really meant for men they’d be filled with beer, not milk.”

-Author Unknown

“If in doubt, whip it out.”

-Author Unknown


“My husband and I share the load. I breastfeed because he can’t, and he sleeps because I can’t.”

-Author Unknown

“Niplash is when a baby decides not to take a break from nursing and suddenly and energetically jerks her head around to look up, down and all around the room while still firmly latched to your boob.”

-Author Unknown


“You are booby-trapped when your baby has fallen asleep on the boob and you’re too scared to move them for fear they’ll wake up.”

-Author Unknown

“Whoever said ‘there’s no use crying over spilled milk’ obviously never pumped six ounces and accidentally spilled it.”

Author unknown


“Breastfeeding, because you can eat 500 extra calories worth of Oreos. Every day.”

-Author Unknown

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