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Young Mom Role Model Mothers' Stories

Chuck Wilmore   So far in my short career as a photographer I’ve had the pleasure of going to a lot of places and being in some exclusive company. Challenges and adversity have accompanied great opportunities and experiences. Yet nothing has compared to the challenge and huge responsibility of being a father. I wouldn’t trade my two children for the world. My wife and I became...

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Premature Baby, Breastfeeding Toddler Mothers' Stories

Caroline van Nierop, Curaçao, Netherlands, Antilles   My premature baby My daughter, Mare, who is almost three years old now, is still enjoying “mama-drinking” a few times a day (and night). Who could have imagined this, knowing the difficult start she had? At 27 weeks into my pregnancy my water broke and I was confined to hospital. At 32 weeks my baby was born, weighing...

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Adriana Mesec maj Mothers' Stories

Hilary Flower, Ph.D, Florida, USA Photo: Adriana Mesec maj Hilary’s adventures nursing two Hilary’s adventures and how Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond was born. Double-stacked nurslings Here’s the picture. My distraught two-and-a-half year old daughter is insisting on nursing lying down “like a baby,” on a favorite spot on the bedroom floor. I know that if I can just nurse her to sleep,...

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courtesy Lena Ostroff Mothers' Stories

Pamela Wilson, Wellington, New Zealand Photo: courtesy of Lena Ostroff This is my breastfeeding success story and shares how I came to understand that success is not measured in ounces. Before my baby was born I had intended to breastfeed her exclusively for the first six months and continue until she was at least a year old. I had read all the literature and I was...

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Esther Edith Mothers' Stories

Photo: Esther Edith Two tributes written to celebrate the 60th anniversary of LLLI wishing everyone in LLLI a happy 60th anniversary. The first tribute is a song, written to be sung to the tune of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline by author of Fit to Bust Alison Blenkinsop, Pagham, West Sussex, UK  60 years of La Leche League—building a legacy   How it began: seven inspiring women met to...

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Tongue-tie Diagnosis: finding an answer Mothers' Stories

Johanna Sargeant, Waedenswil, Zurich, Switzerland Photos: Olga Bushkova Tongue-tie diagnosis: finding an answer at last. After almost six months of breastfeeding my little blue-eyed boy with a tube attached to my nipple, we are finally free. [I wrote about the start of my journey here: Milk Sharing.] Today is two weeks since he has needed a supplement, two weeks since I have washed out those feeding tubes, two weeks since he...

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Maria Griner Mothers' Stories

Lorena Bravo de Guerrero, Toulouse, France Translated from Spanish by Hanny Ghazi, Saint-Cloud, France Photo: Maria Griner Breast milk from the heart. When I think about breastfeeding, I think that I had it in my blood and, if I want to talk about breastfeeding, I should start by saying that I was breastfed myself for two years and eight months. Back then, my mother had the...

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Ten Concepts: The Natural Thing Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Megan Soto 10 Concepts: The Natural Thing La Leche League is founded on a philosophy summarized in ten concept statements which all LLL Leaders hold dear. In a series of poems Alison puts her interpretation of our beliefs into verse. Here is the fourth. Concept four: Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.   The Natural Thing Human milk’s...

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