The concept of Mamma latte is all about lactation and is a tribute to childbearing women and their families. The name has kindly been donated to me by my Italian ‘mamma-in-law’ Josie in honour of her own maternal grandmother who was the village wet nurse in her hometown. She breastfed for many decades and serviced unwell women who had breastfeeding concerns. The word ‘Mamma’ draws meaning to mother, but stemming from the latin definition ‘breast’ and ‘latte’ meaning ‘milk’ in Italian. This essentially translates my business name to “Breast milk”.
I am a Registered midwife/Registered nurse currently working at one of the busiest hospitals in Brisbane, Queensland. My call to become a midwife was inspired by my late paternal grandmother who was a very career motivated midwife. My passion for breastfeeding support arose during my early days as midwife, disheartened by the overcomplicating ideals and limited support around breastfeeding, which distressed many new mothers to surrender to artificial formula.
I wanted to bring it back to basics and normalise breastfeeding. Support was always traditionally distributed through communities where wisdom and experience were shared to local neighbours, families and friends. This would then be passed through the generations. Social dynamics have evolved over time, and communities seem to gradually drift apart. I wanted to create an outlet where women can seek affordable individualised lactation support, tailored to their own family dynamics. My goal is for women to become their own experts in their own lactation experience.