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Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography Features

Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography    24-hour global breastfeeding support Join La Leche League International (LLLI) live online on October 1st, 2016, for its first-ever 24-hour breastfeeding support meeting! If you are: expecting a baby, a new mother struggling to breastfeed, facing challenges or concerns at any stage of parenting, breastfeeding a child (or have done so previously) and want to chat with other...

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Infant Sleep Features

Updated November 2016 Professor Helen Ball, Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK Photo: Belle Verdiglione   Infant sleep: sleep development Infant sleep is different than that of adults. Babies don’t sleep all night, fall asleep differently, and have shorter sleep cycles. Helen Ball looks at how breastfeeding and bedsharing relate. “Is she a good baby?” is a question commonly posed to new mothers and...

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Charlotte Southren Features

Photo: Charlotte Southren Ideas for paced bottle-feeding a breastfed baby If you and your baby don’t want to give up breastfeeding but you are going to be separated and you are worrying because you don’t want her to miss out on your milk in your absence, then this post is for you. Drinking milk from the breast requires a baby to use a different technique than sucking it...

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Anna Gladstone Buchanan Features

Photo: Anna Gladstone Buchanan Join La Leche League International to celebrate its 60th anniversary On Saturday, October 15, 2016, at The Westin River North in Chicago, Illinois, USA, La Leche League International will host an afternoon conference, reception, and evening dinner. There is still time to purchase your ticket! LLLI 60th anniversary celebration Join us for an informative afternoon of three conference sessions, including a review of the history...

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Charlotte Southren Features

Rebecca H. McCormick, Fairfax, Oakton, VA, USA Photo: Charlotte Southren Unwittingly, the author of the opinion post “My Body, My Choice” paraphrased the mission of La Leche League: “Every woman who wants to breastfeed should be able to do so, with full medical, legal and social support.” Many mothers come to La Leche League meetings with some variation on the same story. They wanted to breastfeed...

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Adriana Mesec maj Features

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, RLC, FAPA Photo: Adriana Mesec maj Great for babies. What’s in it for mothers? A colleague recently sent me an Op-Ed from the Washington Post written by a group of mental health professionals who had horrid personal breastfeeding experiences and concluded that breastfeeding was too hard and didn’t make that much difference any way. Now they encourage all the mothers in their practice...

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Esther Edith Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA Photo: Esther Edith We all know that breastfeeding a baby can be done anywhere—and babies don’t stop and consider where they are when their need for mom or her milk arises. And we know that mothers and babies breastfeed in many places, and in many situations, and in many configurations, whether in public, in a corner, with a little breast...

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Charlie Banana Features

Erin Pushman, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Photos: Charlie Banana Breast milk baby’s poop What to expect—and learn—from baby’s diaper for the first six weeks. Five days into my second child’s newborn life, I opened his diaper and found what I had been waiting—no, hoping—to see: a mustard-yellow poop smeared on the inside of his diaper. I was delighted and relieved. For the first ten days, I...

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