I think the motif of ‘milk’ in Courtney’s lyrics and writing relates to many parts of her experience and life. Milk is meant to be the very first form of nourishment and symbol of love and care that our Mother gives to us in life - something that Courtney was lacking in her younger years. She said in an interview once that she used to have nightmares of her Mother feeding her poisoned milk.
I also think it is significant in her experience of pregnancy, being a Mother to Frances and subsequently having her child ripped from her breast pretty much straight after birth and put into state care. She has said before that when Frances was taken after her birth, her breast milk had no release and it was incredibly painful. Then when she was able to finally breast feed Frances, her milk had dried up and she had ultimately missed that important bonding period with her Daughter.
Courtney and Kurt long shared an obsession with bodily fluids and functions in their artistic work, as is evident in both In Utero and Live Through This. So, my interpretation is that ‘milk’ represents many things in Courtney’s art - from pregnancy, love, nourishment, feminine identity, parental relationships and neglect, and also drugs - heroin is sometimes referred to as ‘milk’ due to it’s comforting nature.
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