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Birth : Things Don’t Always Come Up As You Have Planned Them Features / Mothers' Stories

Gabriela Gallegos, Cambridge, England When I learned that I was pregnant, I started to inform myself about absolutely everything so that I could have an « easy » pregnancy, a healthy pregnancy but above all I wished with all my heart and soul to give birth naturally, without any anesthetic. I am a sportive woman, I almost never get sick and so I rarely take any medicine....

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Rob Mank Features

James J. McKenna, Ph.D, IN, USA Photo: Rob Mank A conceptual model of the biological origins of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and colic: is the human infant’s susceptibility to either SIDS or colic due to our species’ unique breathing control system that is necessary for speech? Part 1  It’s a frustrating and helpless experience for any parent to experience a child’s suffering from inconsolable crying...

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Helen Page Features

Robyn Roche-Paull, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, Graham, WA, USA Photo: Helen Page Choosing a breast pump Are you confused by the choice of so many different breast pumps available on the market today? You are not alone. There are so many options that it can be mind-boggling, not to mention time-consuming, to figure out which pump is best for your situation. There are many factors to consider when...

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elojopicon.com Features

Robyn Roche-Paull, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, Graham, WA, USA Photo: elojopicon.com Award winning author and LLL Leader shares her pumping tips. Expressing your breast milk is one way of connecting to your baby when you must be separated. It provides him with your precious milk, along with all the antibodies and nutrition that are so important for his growth and development; but more than that, it also keeps your milk supply...

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Creative Mothers of Invention Features

Alice Allan, Uzbekistan, Central Asia   Creating life, becoming a mother, is the supreme act of creation. But does it mark the end for mothers’ personal creativity? Throughout history, women have been told that motherhood and creativity (beyond the practical productive kind that clothes and feeds their children) aren’t compatible. After all, aren’t the famous writers and artists all childless? The Brontës, Frida Kahlo, Jane Austen,...

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Suzie Blake Features

Serena Morris, Steubenville, Ohio, USA Photo: Suzie Blake A mother’s six tips for balancing breastfeeding with parenting. My journey into breastfeeding was filled with worries and struggles, just like so much else connected with parenting can be. I breastfed my first child for only one month: I was a young college student and went back to school two weeks postpartum. That separation damaged our breastfeeding relationship so badly, I...

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Janet Fotheringham Features

Kelly Durbin, Phoenix AZ, USA Photos: Janet Fotheringham An LLL Leader’s reflection recognizes breastfeeding as a complex communication system, not just calories. Breast milk is often promoted as nature’s perfect infant food. Indeed, it has exactly the right balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates for growing infants, but regarding breastfeeding solely as a means to feed a baby is incredibly limiting. In the last century and into this one, breastfeeding...

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Belle Verdiglione Features

Alison Hazelbaker, Ph.D., IBCLC, Columbus, Ohio, USA Photo:  Belle Verdiglione Tongue-tie and “lip-tie” are terms tripping off many a tongue today. Alison Hazelbaker examines what parents need to know if they suspect their baby may have a tie. Recently, my second grandson and seventh grandchild was born. One of the first things I did as his grandmother, after the magical first hours slid by, was to check his tongue...

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