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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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Charlotte Southren Features

Photo: Charlotte Southren Discovering the cuddle curl when you breastfeed your baby lying down. When I was pregnant for the first time, I remember being struck by something a mother at a prenatal class told us. She recommended all new mothers get the hang of, early on, breastfeeding lying down, for the simple reason that this eliminates the need to parent for as many as 12 hours...

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Charlotte Southren Features

Teresa Pitman, Ontario, Canada Photo: Charlotte Southren Celebrating 60 years of La Leche League International (LLLI). 60 years ago Seven women in Chicago met 60 years ago to talk about helping other women who wanted to breastfeed. They all had families with young children and were active in their communities: they would have been perfectly justified in saying, “We’re too busy to take on something...

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Marian and Edwina with Dr. Dick-Read Features

Marian Tompson, Illinois, Chicago and Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA Photos: Passionate Journey—My Unexpected Life Marian Tompson has lived a life that has taken her on a passionate journey (if an unexpected one) and she continues to bring that passion to the organization she helped found. There is a growing collection of LLL lore—those favorite stories that get told again and again and make us appreciate...

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Adriana Mesec maj Features

Hilary Flower, Ph.D, Florida, USA Photo: Adriana Aleksić Setting limits when breastfeeding two or during pregnancy. Hilary Flower wrote Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond in 2003, since then it has become a classic in La Leche League Group libraries. The idea for the book was born out of her own experience, which led her to research the safety of continuing to breastfeed a child while pregnant...

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Esther Edith Features

Vanessa Olorenshaw, Kent, UK Photo: Esther Edith The connection between breastfeeding and economics and the value of mothers. My journey writing this book loosely followed the one I have taken as a mother. Tentative steps. Doubt. Gradual increasing confidence interspersed with guilt and feelings of incompetence. Looking forward to the birth of my book baby, Liberating Motherhood, Birthing the Purplestockings Movement, felt like coming to the end of a...

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