Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Book Release: A Garden of Gold (Natural Lactation using Lactogenic Herbs and Super Foods)

About A Garden of Gold:

For many women, the journey into the beautiful world of lactation and the desire to produce a healthy supply of breast milk, either by utilizing non-maternal means, or through the miraculous gifts of pregnancy and childbirth, play a very large role in their daily lives. Unfortunately, some of these women don't realize that the ability to lactate is often right at their fingertips (and even in their own kitchens). Nature provides every woman with a veritably endless supply of nutrient-enriched milk-inducing lactogenic plants, herbs, and super foods known as galactagogues.

In A Garden of Gold, Jennifer Elisabeth Maiden, known to readers around the world as the Loving Milk Maid, or simply LMM, explores dozens of the most effective galactagogues used for centuries as a way to support breast health and increase a woman's supply of breast milk, discusses important side effects and medication interactions associated with these supplements and their safe use, diet and nutrition, shares methods of preparing herbs and super foods, and proper dosage, and includes information on preventing--and managing--the challenge of oversupply.

Written by a nursing woman for every woman, those who have previously lactated and those who have not, biological and adoptive mothers, some who have experienced the heartbreak of chronic low milk supply, and others who are post-menopausal or have undergone hysterectomy, GolA Garden of Gold will prove to be a valuable resource for anyone who has ever dreamed of enjoying the art of successful lactation.

or read the Loving Milk Maid's ORIGINAL BLOG

Friday, August 26, 2016

New Book Release: LMM'S Charm School (How to Meet Others in the Adult Nursing Community)

LMM's Charm School

Class is in session

Known as the Miss Manners of the Adult Nursing World, the Loving Milk Maid is accepting open enrollment into her Charm School of Etiquette for the Hopeful Nurser where apt pupils will receive 20 valuable lessons on the proper etiquette for meeting others in the ANR/ABR community and how to form a healthy, long-lasting adult nursing relationship.


Known as the Miss Manners of the adult nursing (or breastfeeding, if you prefer) world, Jennifer Elisabeth Maiden, the Loving Milk Maid, has devised a complete etiquette guide for the hopeful nurser. In her charm school, LMM helps to define the adult nursing relationship, explores the breastfeeding community, shares valuable information on where to meet others who enjoy the nursing lifestyle--and how to do so properly. Apt pupils will also learn the lifestyle lingo and the art of suckling (and how to do it safely), find a support system in nursing friends, discover the beauty of the nursing breast, and become educated on how to nurse for the very first time.


Known to readers around the world as The Loving Milk Maid (or simply LMM), freelance writer and blogger Jennifer Elisabeth Maiden gained recognition with the launch of her original blog, Bountiful Fruits: A Loving ANR Journey, and now runs the successful website Bountiful Fruits, which explores the fascinating world of the adult nursing relationship and provides visitors with information on lactation, breastfeeding, relationships, intimacy, sex, and marriage. The Loving Milk Maid is an ANR/ABR advocate and educator who believes in promoting positive body image, recognition of the beautiful female anatomy, and happily-ever-afters. She and her husband, Mr. S reside in Ohio.

Learn more about the beautiful world of adult nursing on BOUNTIFUL FRUITS
or read the Loving Milk Maid's ORIGINAL BLOG

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Art of Lactation: Part I, Lessons in Lactation (Chapters 1-8)

From the Art of Lactation:


Chapter One

What is Lactation?

In the very basic definition of the word, lactation can be defined as the formation of breast milk, but when it comes to making that beautiful breast milk, many couples discover that the process can be a true labor of love, one that takes a great deal of time, patience, and concentrated effort. Breast milk does not just happen. It must be produced over a sometimes lengthy period of time, and if you are hoping to accomplish the goal of making breast milk without the aid of pregnancy and childbirth, which, of course, makes the process much easier, then you and your partner will need to take a very realistic approach to lactation. Producing breast milk requires a great deal of physical and emotional responsibility, and just like the beautiful nursing relationship itself, lactation is a partnership where you will work together to build--and maintain--a healthy supply of breast milk.

The process of producing non-maternal breast milk is referred to as inducing lactation, or lactation induction, and it is a very real and exciting possibility for every woman. Over the years, many women have successfully induced lactation and enjoyed a healthy supply of breast milk even if they have never experienced pregnancy or childbirth, are post-menopausal, or have undergone hysterectomies. The process requires a perfectly balanced cocktail of hormones such as prolactin, progesterone, and oxytocin, which are released by the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain, which means that very little can hinder a woman's ability to make breast milk...

Chapter Two

Anatomy of a Woman

Before we explore techniques to induce lactation, and how to draw that lovely milk from the gracious and giving breasts once it has begun to flow, let's take a moment to discuss the beautiful female breast, how it produces milk, and put to rest two common myths regarding breastfeeding.

The female breast, comprised of specialized glandular tissue and fat cells, overlays the pectoral muscles, and outwardly is made up of the body, the nipple, and the areola, the ring of color surrounding the human nipple. Housed within these magnificently unique woman's breasts, which have been preparing to produce milk since she was an embryo in her mother's womb, is an intricate network of channels that all work together to produce breast milk. Nestled within each breast are the milk ducts; during the inducing process, a woman will release high levels of prolactin, progesterone, and estrogen, three important hormones that encourage breast milk production. When these hormones are released, the milk ducts increase in number and size...

Chapter Three

Categories of Milk

As your body begins the beautiful process of lactation and starts to produce nature's finest food, that nutrient-enriched liquid gold, you will notice a difference in the type of milk your body makes...

Chapter Four

Milk Hoarding
Understanding the Supply and Demand of Lactation
Since you and your partner have chosen to introduce lactation into your loving ANR, you can probably imagine how thrilling it is when those first glistening drops of breast milk appear after all of the hard work you've gone through to make it happen! It's empowering! Emotions run high. You'll be excited and elated, and unable to believe that your body was able to do something so amazing, as your partner anticipates that first sweet taste.

There won't be much, I'm afraid.

As wonderful as it would be to achieve full milk supply right away, the reality is that lactation takes time, it can be a slow (sometimes frustrating) process, and it varies greatly and is unique to every woman because we are unique--and so are our bodies.

It's sort of cute to think about having our own little milk factories tucked away inside our bodies, isn't it? We can make as much fresh, healthy milk as we like--just not in great quantities right away. We "natural milk maids", unfortunately, cannot immediately fill massive orders for the goods . We work on a supply and demand basis...

Chapter Five

The Let-Down Reflex

“Relaxation is key to this reflex. Simply lose yourself to the moment, and reap the benefits of this magical experience.”

A woman's body is an amazing thing, and although it may seem that making milk is a magical process, there are no black-tipped wands or smoke and mirror tricks to aid in increasing the speed of non-maternal lactation.

"So, I recently started nursing and am able to feed my husband a little milk, but he's getting irritated because it seems to take forever for it to come out! It's frustrating!"

 This seems to be a common problem among new-to-nursing couples who have chosen to induce lactation within their loving ANRs, particularly for the male partner (sorry, guys!) who dreams of full, firm, milk-filled breasts and enjoying a mouthful of liquid gold upon initial contact. It's a nice dream, but unfortunately, the milk-making process simply doesn't work that way. 

 During a nursing session, the breasts must first release the milk that has been made, and allow it to flow, and this process is known as the let-down reflex.

A woman's body and brain must cooperate and work together as a team to ensure proper lactation. If you have explored Chapter Two in this book, then you’ll recall how the process of lactation takes place; much of it is brought about by breast stimulation and the proper placement of hormones. When the nerve endings in the nipple and areola are stimulated, the brain receives a signal to release prolactin (which tells the alveoli to gather proteins and sugars from the blood and turn them into milk) and oxytocin (which causes the cells surrounding the alveoli to contract and eject milk down the milk ducts). And this all comes together to create the let-down reflex...

Chapter Six

The Proper Latch

We are born with the instinct to suckle. From the moment we emerge from our mother's womb, it is in our nature to seek her breast, but over time, as we mature and develop, and nature takes her sweet course, we lose the ability to properly latch and suckle, as we are meant to find our sustenance by other means. Fortunately, for those of us who enjoy healthy adult nursing relationships, this instinct can be re-learned fairly easily.

Breast play, where the nipple is licked, sucked, and lavished with the lips and tongue as a form of sexual gratification is a fantastic part of  a healthy relationship, but it does not provide the stimulation required to produce breast milk. In an adult nursing relationship, we suckle, even if we dry nurse without the goal of lactation.

Surprisingly, the nipple plays a very small role in suckling. Suckling is...

Chapter Seven

Adult Nursing Positions for the Loving Couple

There are many nursing positions to choose from, and it is wonderful to try several of them to find the one that works perfectly for both of you to ensure the most pleasant of suckling experiences. Nursing should always be a relaxing and enjoyable experience , so settle in and get comfortable before you begin!

Nursing an adult is wonderful because the close proximity of these loving positions allows you to stroke, caress, and embrace one another during each session, which enhances the intimacy and bond within the relationship...

Chapter Eight

Levels of Lactation

Lactation can be measured in 10 levels, beginning with the inducing process, and ending with full lactation, and these measures can be used as a general guideline to help you gauge your personal progress and success as you and your partner work to establish breast milk supply.

Lactation is much more than the physical process of making breast milk; it is also an extremely emotional one, and women often experience a rush of new feelings as the process of inducing begins and her body's hormone levels shift. You might experience bouts of euphoria or tears; some women feel an overwhelming sense of empowerment as they begin the self-discovery of womanhood and recognize their own femininity. You might even notice the urge to...


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Inside The Art of Lactation: Part II

The Art of Lactation is divided into four sections so readers can easily reference information as they embark upon the incredible journey of making--and maintaining--a fabulous supply of breast milk.

Part II, "Methods of Making Milk" includes:

The Flexible 30-Day Nursing Schedule
Lactation Technique #1: The Art of Suckling
Lactation Technique #2: Manual Stimulation
Lactation Technique #3: Breast Pump Stimulation
Lactation Technique #4: TENS Unit Stimulation
Power Pumping
Areola Massage to Aid in Lactation
Breast Compressions to Encourage Milk Flow While Nursing

Following the conclusion, an afterword from The Loving Milk Maid, readers will also discover valuable resource links to help them along their way.

For more information on ANR and nursing, please visit BOUNTIFUL FRUITS

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Inside The Art of Lactation: Part I

The Art of Lactation is divided into four sections so readers can easily reference information as they embark upon the incredible journey of making--and maintaining--a fabulous supply of breast milk.

Part I, "Lessons in Lactation" includes:

What is Lactation?
Anatomy of a Woman
Categories of Milk
Milk Hoarding (and the Supply and Demand Effect)
The Let-Down Reflex
The Proper Latch
Adult Nursing Positions for the Loving Couple
Levels of Lactation

Following the conclusion, an afterword from The Loving Milk Maid, readers will also discover valuable resource links to help them along their way.

For more information on ANR and nursing, please visit BOUNTIFUL FRUITS

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Art of Lactation

I write for words I cannot speak
fill my spirit, give it wings,
and set my heart at rest.
Like rushing waters never stilled,
and endless climes and moonlit skies,
O, my soul is well!

Jennifer Elisabeth Maiden

I recently completed my first side project, The Art of Lactation, a complete guide to the lactation process, geared toward the adult nursing couple, although I believe that any woman may find it helpful as she begins the process of making--and maintaining--a fabulous supply of breast milk.

This book is meant to be used alongside the articles found on Bountiful Fruits (,   and my original blog, and includes previously unpublished information and content.

Inside The Art of Lactation, readers will find information on:
the lactation process
anatomy of a woman
categories of milk
lactogenesis (the supply and demand process)
the let-down reflex
the proper latch
adult nursing positions
the nursing schedule
three common way to induce lactation
power pumping and how to use a TENS Unit
10 of the most commonly used herbs to aid in lactation
nursing tinctures and teas (what they are, where to purchase them, and how to make your own)
25 super foods to increase lactation
and much more!

From The Art of Lactation:


When I stop to consider the events that have transpired in my life, it sometimes feels that I was born a milk maid. My personal journey into the land of lactation where the breast milk flows as sweetly as liquid gold began well over 14 years ago when, quite by chance, my husband, known affectionately as Mr. S, and I stumbled upon the beautifully mystifying world of the adult nursing relationship, an exquisite experience that I now share with others through my website, Bountiful Fruits, where I advocate and educate others on this unique--and quite private--lifestyle choice as "The Loving Milk Maid" or simply "LMM".

Over the years, as I have joyfully nursed three happy and healthy children--and one extremely content husband--I have learned a great deal about the art of lactation, and hope to share my knowledge with others who dream of sharing the beloved gift of breast milk with their  loving partner...

If you have not yet done so, I hope you'll visit my website and blog!