An Interview with Galit Romanelli of (M)other Milk
Introduce yourself to our audience! Who are you, and what do you do?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]H[/dropcap]ello, fellow Feminist Wednesday'ers! My name is Galit Romanelli and aside from working full time, I have two wonderfully spirited children who introduced me to the strengths of motherhood and the wonders of parenthood. When my first was born, I found myself trying to breastfeed him at nearly all costs. When he wasn't gaining any weight, I couldn’t help feeling that I wasn’t an adequate mother.
Could I not even feed my own baby?
When I gave him formula, he started to gain weight. Finally, I was able to "forgive" myself and shed the guilt I’d felt for not being able to breastfeed. Throughout this process, I learned that nursing is a very packed topic– and that nearly every mother has a story to tell about her experience.
These stories need to be told. Every mother deserves to share her experience, and/or to find a story that resonates with her so she knows she’s not alone. I wish to compile a book that creates a community for all moms’ out there, where every experience is a valid one.
This is a call to action. I am interested in receiving stories from any mom– of any age– who has something to say about those first few months of her baby’s life, when she was introduced to her motherhood while simultaneously figuring out how best to nurture her baby. Whether you breastfed or not, you nurtured your baby. That is all that counts. Together, let's get this message across. It's all good.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]
How has feminism played a role in your initiative?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]F[/dropcap]or me, it's all about women's empowerment! You go momma! Having a voice and a platform for women is an essential part of feminism; I want to create a platform so these incredible stories can be accessed. I believe that our power as women lies in these stories and by sharing them we are strengthening the existing bonds of this “motherhood” community, unique to women. Since you began exploring and approaching the subject, what has been the most challenging aspect, and what has been the most uplifting and rewarding?
The most challenging has been reaching a wide range of women but it has been exceptionally rewarding when women who I have never met share an intimate and special story with me. I feel like a special bond has been made and that's exactly the point– there's so much strength in sharing.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]
What advice do you have for women who find themselves in similar situations, or can relate to your experience?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]S[/dropcap]hare your story with me! Please send me your story or feel free to spread the word. Most nursing/breastfeeding books out there are guides and “How To’s,” I want this book to be a resource for comfort and a source of strength. Mothers need to know it's all okay. Whether you breastfed or not, you nurtured your baby and that’s what matters. [divider type="short" spacing="10"]
Any social media plugs, or info you want our readers to know?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]P[/dropcap]lease send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: (M)other Milk