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Charlotte Southren Mom to Mom

Letters Photo: Charlotte Southren Mother’s situation: Family’s Bottle-feeding culture I am the first member of my family (and my husband’s family) in recent generations to breastfeed my baby. I have met with a lot of negativity from the start. Both my parents and my husband’s parents want to take their turn to care for their grandson. In their eyes, this involves spending time with him without my being there. My son is not quite three...

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Christina Simantiri Mom to Mom

Letters Photo: Christina Simantiri Mother’s situation: Stretching family finances I’m breastfeeding my six-month-old baby and have two other children: a preschooler and an eight-year-old. I’ve decided that I need to stay home rather than going back to work. While this is the right decision for my family and we shall not need to spend any money on child care, we are going to struggle financially....

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Anna Bondarieva Mom to Mom

Letters Photos: Anna Bondarieva Mother’s situation: Putting a stop to breastfeeding: gentle toddler weaning I am ready to stop breastfeeding my 18-month-old son, but how? He still nurses a fair amount day and night but I want my body back. Please can you share gentle ways to get him to give up this habit because I do not want to make him unhappy?   Response...

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How Often to Feed? Mom to Mom

Letters Photo: Sarah Steele-Smith   Mother’s situation: How often to feed? I think breastfeeding is going well for me and my six-week-old baby. His weight gain is good and he is pretty contented with plenty of wet and dirty diapers. However, my worry is how often he breastfeeds. Everyone I have spoken to has suggested four-hourly feeds are to be expected. My prenatal class teacher...

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Maria Griner Mom to Mom

Letters Photos: Maria Griner Mother’s situation: Am I making her clingy? My two-year-old is still breastfeeding happily but is not happy to separate from me. She is fine with daddy and her older siblings if I am away for a couple of hours, but she will not stay at anyone else’s house for any length of time without me, even grandma’s. Everyone tells me that...

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Do I Need to Cover Up? Mom to Mom

Mother’s situation: Do I need to cover up? I am breastfeeding my baby and, after a challenging start, it’s going really well and I’m so glad I kept going. Sadly, not all my friends and family are on board with my decision. While I feel really proud of my achievement and pleased at how well my baby is growing, as well as at how close...

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Pumping on the Road Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Deidre McBride Mother’s situation: Pumping on the road I work three days (sometimes four days) a week as a traveling sales representative and during that time I’m on the road or visiting different stores. I am breastfeeding my five-month-old son and need to pump during the day. I’m having to use my car or public bathrooms to pump my milk. Can other...

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Wedding Invitation. No Children! Mom to Mom

Photo: Anna Bondarieva Mother’s situation: Wedding Invitation. No children! My best friend from school days is getting married and has invited me and my husband to her wedding. The invitation, however, is not extended to my six-month-old son. In fact, children are expressly excluded, with mention of babysitters at the nearby hotel. My son is still breastfeeding frequently and I’m not at all happy at the idea of...

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