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Angela Anderson Photography Mothers' Stories

Nikki Salt, Middleport, Staffordshire, UK Photo: Anderson Lane Photography My blocked duct day… Suzie was five-and-a-half months old. I was beginning to feel like a bit of a pro at breastfeeding, holding my own amongst the mothers at La Leche League meetings during discussions about how to weather your baby’s growth spurts. I’d even proudly shared how I manage to throw together dinner for four with a...

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The Milky Way Photography Mothers' Stories

Kate Nolan Photos: Kate Nolan Photography   The photographs in this story were created as part of ‘The Milky Way Project.’ The art project’s aim is to restore the nursing mother as a positive and inspiring archetype, to empower women to reclaim their birth right.  Two breastfeeding photographers started the project in Poland and subsequently invited others to join them. I am privileged to be one of them. The...

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Dad: “Please Feed the Baby!” Mothers' Stories

Teandra Knapp, Maricopa County, Gilbert, Arizona, USA Photos: Janae Marie & Mira Beya    Our precious son was delivered via cesarean, after which my husband went with him as he was bathed and weighed, while I stayed in the recovery room. I remember staring at the clock when all I could think about was wanting to be with my baby. The clock’s ticking filled my mind while time itself...

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19-Day Nursing Strike Mothers' Stories

Cynthia Lefferts, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico   A lot of things can cause a nursing strike, including teething, a mother’s negative reaction to being bitten, sudden, drastic changes, and a cold—there is no comprehensive list. In the end, you really don’t care what the cause was; you just want the strike to be over. When a baby just stops breastfeeding, not only do you have to...

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In the Still of the Night Mothers' Stories

Cathy DeRaleau, New Castle, PA, USA Photo: Davina Kecun   When I became pregnant with my first son, everyone had advice on getting through the nights. Apparently, nighttimes were going to be very difficult, and I was sufficiently scared. Then my son was born and I realized that nights didn’t have to be scary at all. Sure, my baby was up frequently, but it didn’t take...

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Abscess & Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Zoe Ayling, West Sussex, UK Photo: Anna Bondarieva   Zoe continued breastfeeding through a challenging and painful experience … I first noticed a lump in my right breast when my daughter, Niamh, was six weeks old. It wasn’t painful so I didn’t think it was an abscess. I thought that it was unlikely to be cancer, so I waited to see what would happen. I had...

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Discovering the Mother in Me After a Traumatic Birth Mothers' Stories

Bilyana Maldzhanska, Sofia, Bulgaria Photo: Amber by Janae Marie Photography   Breastfeeding my daughter, Siana, helped me discover my love for her. While nursing her, I also discovered the mother in me. Let me share with you my little steps to motherhood, steps towards building and sustaining the relationship with my child. I wanted a natural birth. Two days after my due date, I was having...

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Neurosurgery Resident Breastfeeds Mothers' Stories

Mary In-Ping Huang Cobb, MD, Durham, NC, USA Photo: Janae Marie Photography   I have chosen to write for Breastfeeding Today because of the commitment of LLLI to advancing breastfeeding around the world. Four months ago when I returned to work as a fourth-year neurosurgery resident after having a baby, I knew the odds of continuing to breastfeed were against me. I could barely find enough time to fulfill my...

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