Your NYC Neighbor – is a way of introducing New Yorkers to a rich community of savvy parents. New York is a diverse City bustling with all kinds of families and personalities. We also love to grab tips and recommendations from moms and dads in certain neighborhoods and throughout the 5 Boroughs, and especially people who have created a product, service or site that helps new parents or appeals to children. Meet Francie Webb author of a fantastic new book Go Milk Yourself.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m from Lynchburg, Virginia, and I spent a lot of time in the mountains of West Virginia from childhood through young adulthood. I went to undergrad at Duke University and earned Masters Degrees from Pace University and Bank Street College of Education.
I came to NYC to become a teacher through Teach For America. I was terrified! The tall buildings made me dizzy, and I figured I’d fall flat on my face once I stood in front of a room of children. Instead, I fell in love with teaching and have been teaching ever since.
I taught middle school for 14 years, including over a decade at KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, in both rural NC and NYC. I trained as a birth and postpartum doula after my two transformative births, and I decided to work to become an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) as I realized that feeding my children with my body was *also* changing my life.
I founded TheMilkinMama in 2015 to teach other lactating parents something I’d taught myself that had truly changed everything: the age-old art of hand expression. I found that my hands were even more effective than the pump. I felt so much more free, and empowered, to boob. I want others to feel this too. And so now I teach the Go Milk Yourself method, a menu of techniques for massage and compression that are designed to help any lactating parent get their milk out.
My team of teachers (I like to call them teaTchers!) teach online and in-person, to parents and support professionals. That’s where my latest baby, my book of the same name, comes in. It’s the most comprehensive version of what I know, and have learned, in this badass process of getting to know and trust my SELF in new ways.
Where do you live?
Why do you love that neighborhood?
It’s a great mix of old and new, and my neighbors are just as nice as the people I grew up with. I feel I live in a real community, which can be hard to find in this City.
Why do you love what you do?
I empower others to do with they think is impossible. It’s why I’m here on Earth!
What’s new for you?
My new book baby, Go Milk Yourself: You Have Power. Express It! is an ode to finding your power and, ya know, expressing it. Part memoir, part manual, part self-help, Go Milk Yourself has something for everyone, but especially two groups of people: anyone who feeds their babies with their bodies (in the past, present, and/or future), and anyone who supports someone who does. In it, I tell the story of my journey to hand expression, how it changed my view of myself, and share my belief that it can do the same for others.
I also dig deep into a number of challenging experiences in my life, including the story of losing a baby to SIDS when I was a teenaged babysitter, how I healed from that trauma, accidentally birthing my daughter by myself, my birth photo going viral, how I handled the public’s response, and all the life changes that ensued. There’s a lot in these 200 pages, and I’m so proud she’s finally here!
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Photo credits: Book cover @headshottruck; design credit @brickwallbella. Author reading book photo credit @nycdoulalove. Author with green sweater photo credit @forthelovers.