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Engorgement and Mastitis: Smoothing Out the Bumps Features

Philippa Pearson-Glaze Photo: Evangeline and Ruth Courtesy of Sally Hobson Photography   Breastfeeding is normal and natural but how to do it is something we often learn from our mothers, sisters, and peers. Where we have lost the art of breastfeeding over several generations, new mothers’ nursing attempts can be easily sabotaged by misinformation. If little bumps in the road are not smoothed out, problems can escalate until weaning sometimes seems inevitable. This...

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Breastfeeding in Public Spaces Features

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC Photo: Karsyn Shalae Photography   What’s changed for mothers breastfeeding in public spaces during the past generation? Thirty-five years ago, when my first baby was about six weeks old, I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. There was one other person in the room—an old man, who sat facing me—and my baby was getting hungry! I had never nursed outside my...

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The Work of Mothering Features

Naomi Stadlen Photo: Karsyn Shalae Photography   “Mothering” is a word that carries a strong meaning to members of La Leche League. Elsewhere, though, it seems to have become less popular. People expect baby care to be shared and that mothers will get back to their paid work promptly. New mothers are often asked: “So when are you going back to work?” Does this mean...

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Ten Things Not to Say to a Breastfeeding Mother Features

Janae Marie Photography   You can feel really vulnerable as a new mother with a brand new baby. You may have had a difficult labor and even if you had a straightforward, gentle time giving birth, the work that was involved makes you feel as though you just ran a marathon. Your body needs time to recover and your emotions may well be all over...

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Time Out Features

Eileen Harrison Photo: Chelsea Vice   Is “time out” an effective method for disciplining children? Loving guidance From infancy on, children need loving guidance that reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. Is “time out” a useful discipline tool, which lovingly offers a child guidance that reflects acceptance of his capabilities and sensitivity to his feelings? I have found that it can be,...

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