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nourishment for the nurturing
 
 
 

acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh). As guests upon this beautiful land, we are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to live and work here.

 
 
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our mission

At feeding mama, we honour ancient wisdom and create food using local, organic, and seasonal ingredients in a modern way. We center Indigenous communities. We provide ready-to-eat products (delivered in reusable containers) meant to help birthing parents heal from pregnancy, childbirth and the early postpartum phase. We recognize that not all birthing parents are ‘mamas’ and not all parents (including mamas) give birth to their babies. Some birthing parents are papas, babas or dads, and many parents adopt their babies. Our products support all of these pathways into parenthood.

 
 
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our values

 
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SUSTAINABILITY

As caretakers of Earth, we ask ourselves at each step how we can reduce waste by delivering food in reusable containers. This also means you won’t see much packaging bling. By reducing production of single use items, it also allows us to pass on those savings towards social causes. Additionally, we are committed to sourcing seasonal, organic, local, and non-GMO ingredients.

 
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NOURISHING

Providing delicious and restorative food to new parents, to help them heal and rejuvenate from the effects and stressors of pregnancy, childbirth, or adoption as well as be fortified with nutrients to be sustained during the early postpartum weeks.

 
 
 
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HONOURING

Reclaiming ancient wisdom from around the world with a focus on traditional Chinese practices. Ensuring that all forms of parenthood are celebrated.

 
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ACKNOWLEDGING

Acknowledging that we are on stolen land, and centering Indigenous communities through financial giving to Vancouver-based organizations supporting Indigenous families. We are supporting the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society.

 
 
 

our story

For the first 30 days of Mona’s life, her mother cooked and ate chicken soup made with a whole chicken. That’s 30 chickens. Her mother recalls always feeling famished and ate the a whole chicken, every day, with ease. Her mother believed that this protein rich meal contributed to an abundant milk supply.

Fast forward to Mona delivering twins and her mother arranging for a Taiwanese private chef (and ex nurse) to make and deliver 3 meals a day for the first 30 days postpartum.

The first delivery of 坐月子 (pronounced zuò yuè zi), a Chinese tradition of postpartum care, arrived even while Mona was still at the hospital recovering from childbirth.

The meals focused on healing a body from the effects of the nutritional deficit caused by pregnancy and the upheaval of childbirth, restoring equilibrium in the mother's body. These specific recipes, Mona was told, would also reduce future ailments like migraines, arthritis and osteoporosis. The meals may have been traditional and lacking modern flavours, but having someone else cook during this time was an easy yes and if the food was nutritious and protecting her from future health effects? Heck, yes!

Two years later, and after the fog of childbirth lifted, Mona came to fully appreciate the healthy convenience of the meals she received when she heard stories of new moms resorting to whatever leftovers were available including chips and gummy bears because they didn't have the energy to grocery shop, prep and make meals for themselves.

She became determined to start a business that respects zuò yuè zi’s goal of nourishing the nurturer and recognizes that many of us are foodies with a different palate than during Imperial China. Identifying the key zuò yuè zi ingredients that heal then working on with a trained and experienced chef took Mona about a year to work through to finally launch Feeding Mama.

 
 
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I did notice an increase in pumped breast milk the next morning. That was a nice surprise as I am always looking to increase milk.
— Chelsea T
 
 
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