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Eva Natali Williams by Brendan Williams. Features

Diana Cassar-Uhl, MPH, IBCLC, USA Photo: Eva Natali Williams Are you traveling with your breastfed child? Enjoy the trip! You’ve had your baby, adjusted to life as parents, gotten breastfeeding off to a good start, and now you’ve decided it might be time to take a trip … but how? Is it even possible to travel with a baby and enjoy the time away from...

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Esther Edith Features

Barbara Higham, Yorkshire, UK and Melissa Clark Vickers, Tennessee, USA Photo: Esther Edith Have you ever wondered what makes an LLL Leader different from others who offer help and support for breastfeeding issues? Health professionals are used to wanting to fix what’s broken, and to approaching a problem from a medical standpoint. Often their solution to your problem comes in the form of medicine or an...

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Community Cloud Features

Maureen Whitman, Wenham, Massachusetts, USA Photos: Black Dog Pictures Sharing our community cloud. The theme for the La Leche League Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Vermont Area Conference this year was “Building Community for 60 Years.” In keeping with this theme, the conference organizers decided to create a community building exercise as one of the activities for the event. We wanted to take some time throughout the day to reflect on...

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Esther Edith Features

Photo: Esther Edith A few words from mothers about Daddy and photos to celebrate fathers.  Janie: My husband? I love him and he is another pair of hands! Kate: Bath time is Daddy time. I think the two of them have the most fun together then. Sarah: He’s my cheerleader, “You can do this!” “Just think how far you’ve come since last week!” When breastfeeding was tough,...

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Nurturing the New Nurturer: Doing it by Yourself Features

Teresa Pitman, Ontario, Canada Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography   Nurturing the new nurturer when it’s you and you are doing the nurturing by yourself. Reading articles about “mothering the new mother” (or, more inclusively, “nurturing the new parent”) would always make me cry. Have your partner take some time off work and help you out after you give birth, the article would say. See...

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Obese Mothers Can Breastfeed Features

Leigh Anne O’Connor, IBCLC, New York City, USA Photo: Michèlle Du Toit Obesity & breastfeeding According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information nearly one in two American women of childbearing age is overweight or obese. About 24% of women 20–44 years of age are overweight and 23% are obese. (1) Can breastfeeding prevent obesity? Does not breastfeeding increase the risk of obesity? Does being overweight...

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Belle Verdiglione Features

Mothers in La Leche League Photo: Belle Verdiglione Breastfeeding with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. Symptoms include: Raised levels of insulin (that can lead to excessive weight gain). Raised levels of male hormones (that can lead to acne and growth of unwanted hair). Irregular menses, ovarian cysts. Raised risk of diabetes. Underdevelopment of breast tissue. Because PCOS...

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All in Good Time Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA What would happen if all of your clocks, watches, and other devices that tell you the exact time of day were to disappear? Could you survive? Could you entertain the notion that you might actually be better off without knowing the precise time of day? How you answer that question might be partially based on how many external connections you have during...

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