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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 article...

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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

Updated April 29, 2016 Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Photo: Lisa Scott 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...

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Ten Things Not to Say to a Breastfeeding Mother Features

Janae Marie Photography Ten things not to say to a breastfeeding mother. 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...

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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, if...

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Tiny Feet, Large Footprint Features

Merel van Goor den Held Photo: Destiny Tillery A baby has tiny feet, but infant formula leaves a large footprint. First published in Dutch, August 2015, in Down to Earth Magazine (Friends of the Earth, Netherlands) and translated into English by its author for Breastfeeeding Today. The ecological footprint of infant formula is enormous and, what is more, it’s unnecessary according to The International Baby Food Action Network,...

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The Gift of Your Sisters Features

Lucy H. Pearce   A book to share with your daughters Reaching for the Moon is the girl’s version of Lucy H. Pearce’s bestselling Moon Time, written especially for girls aged 9 to 14 as they anticipate and experience their body’s gradual changes. Beginning with an imaginary journey into the red tent, a traditional place of women’s wisdom, some of the gifts and secrets of womanhood are...

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LLLI REFUTES NEW YORK TIMES OPINION ARTICLE Features

Diana West, Director of Media Relations Photo: Elizabeth Stanley Photography   La Leche League International (LLLI) refutes New York Times opinion article, Schaumburg, Illinois (November 3, 2015).   In the October 16, 2015 opinion article in the New York Times by Courtney Jung entitled “Overselling Breast-Feeding,” Ms. Jung asserts that encouragement to breastfeed has reached a “moral fervor” inconsistent with the true value of breastfeeding. La Leche League International was among...

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