About The Press
Mother’s Milk Books is run by at-home mother, Dr Teika Bellamy, who founded the press in 2011. Mother’s Milk Books receives no grant funding and the press survives through sales of books, cards and artwork, as well as the generosity of a small number of individuals who have invested money in the press over the years since it was founded. The first title, Musings on Mothering, edited by Teika, was published in September 2012 and sold over 300 copies in the first two weeks after publication – quite a feat for a small press publishing a book on a supposedly ‘niche’ topic! This charity anthology of art, poetry and prose about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding continues to raise funds for La Leche League GB, a much-loved UK breastfeeding support charity. Since that first book was published the list of titles has grown, and Teika has had the pleasure of publishing a number of wonderful authors. Teika has often written about what it’s like to run a small press; an article of hers was published in Mslexia in 2018 and a Q&A in Writing Motherhood (Seren 2017). Online, there are plenty of free-to-read articles, including this Q&A over at The Contemporary Small Press.
Dr Teika Bellamy is an ex-scientist and mother-of-two. As the founder and managing editor of Mother’s Milk Books, Teika was the recipient of the 2015 Women in Publishing’s New Venture Award for pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society; Mother’s Milk Books was also longlisted in the 2016 Saboteur Awards category ‘Most Innovative Publisher’. Teika is a popular speaker who is passionate about the role of independent presses and women authors within the publishing world. Alongside her publishing work she blogs at The Book Stewards with her husband, Tom, about all aspects of publishing and writing, and facilitates workshops at Nottingham Writers’ Studio. In 2018 she was the recipient of the 2018 NWS Writing Teacher of the Year award. A writer herself, she has been widely published under the pen-name of Teika Marija Smits. For information about mentoring or freelance editorial support please get in touch via the contact form.