Welcome to Human Milk. We're rethinking breastfeeding clothing.
Our clothes are not breastfeeding clothes as such. They're clothes that happen to be easy to breastfeed in.
We use high quality, ethically and sustainably produced fabrics and designs that drape, stretch and lift easily, so that motherhood, comfort, style and sustainability all go hand in hand effortlessly.
However long you decide to breastfeed for, your Human Milk clothes will remain key pieces you can love, be proud of and wear long term, reducing the cost of maternity clothing to both you and the planet.
Our Artwork is inspired by the molecules in human milk, explained on our shop, so that you can see for yourself just how remarkable you and your body are.
This Summer, both The Independent and The Evening Standard have chosen Human Milk as one of their top UK sustainable & ethical brands to shop with in 2022. Thank you. We agree!
Human Milk in a 1 minute nutshell
always Ethically sourced
always inspired by you
always designed to empower
Human Milk are proud winners of the UK's leading Sustainability Awards, the 'People. Environment. Achievement. Award' 2020. Winners in other categories include Sir David Attenborough, VivoBarefoot, Triodos Bank and A Plastic Planet.
We are thrilled to announce exclusive Chloe Trayhurn x Human Milk Scarves
Sumptuous quality clothing, washes well which is essential! Beautifully soft fabric; love my full moon tee and cannot wait to get my hands on a hoodie ASAP.
Supportive, informative, friendly, helpful....just smashing!
Love the jumper so comfy and easy to feed in.
I can feed comfortably in it
I love my T-shirt! It’s beautifully soft and elastic. I can feed comfortably in it without overstretching it.
I love everything that I have bought so far.
The Arts are often at the centre of profound societal changes.
Fashion, music, literature, films... all have encouraged and sometimes driven radical changes.
Coco Chanel introduced the daring act of women wearing trousers in their free time. She also used jersey, a textile at the time only used for men's underwear.
Until then, women's fashion was centred around the restrictive and uncomfortable corset, and frilly, excessive fabrics.
A practical act of rebellion that spoke of the discomfort that women were not prepared to put up with anymore.
Human Milk is calling for change too. We call for women and their bodies to be understood, invested in and respected, all over the world, all of the time.
(Image: Coco Chanel being fabulous in trousers.)
Why does breastfeeding matter so much?
Breastfeeding is central to key elements of humanity; the lasting health of our species and of our planet.
If you are a human, were once a baby, intend to become a parent at some point, or just happen to sit next to a mother breastfeeding in a cafe one day, then you're involved too.
An estimated 823,000 infants die globally each year because they are not being breastfed and protected by the components in human milk, alongside 20,000 women who would survive breast cancer.
For women, low breastfeeding rates are also associated with an increase in reproductive cancers, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, and postnatal depression.
From the planet's perspective, in the UK alone, carbon emission savings gained by supporting mothers who want to breastfeed would equate to taking between 50,000 and 77,500 cars off the road each year.
Breastfeeding is increasingly being positioned as both a public health and a climate justice issue. Women are passionate about breastfeeding with good reason. Yet the responsibility must not rest on individual mothers.
"The lack of political leadership and funding for breastfeeding is a missed opportunity to improve health and economic outcomes. With the right level of investment and commitment from policy makers we can transform global health." The Lancet 2017.
In the UK, of the 85% of new mothers who want to breastfeed, around 50% stop in the first 6 weeks, with 9 in 10 saying they didn't want to stop, but could not find the help they needed to overcome the initial challenges they were facing.
In China, where only 21% of infants are exclusively breastfed for 6 months, inadequate breastfeeding is associated with economic losses of US$66 billion per year, driven by costs associated with lower cognitive capacity and maternal and child deaths.
With knowledgeable help and an environment that understands and welcomes breastfeeding, almost every mother would succeed at her own breastfeeding goals, and those who cannot would have access to donor milk.
We can all help with that.
Welcome to the team.
(Image: Our composition of human milk infographic.)
The Human Milk Education Movement
Human Milk CIC houses our award winning Clothing & Accessories brand and a Global Education Movement on the science of human milk, active in 35 countries and 18 languages. Our work empowers women and their families and contributes to a healthier and more sustainable world. Your purchases fuel this movement. Thank you and welcome to the Team. We call for positive societal engagement globally to support breastfeeding mothers and future mothers who want to breastfeed. We call for respect, support, equity and knowledge.Explore our Education Movement and find remarkable science & support