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Jamie Sia Photography Mothers' Stories

Mar Mendiola, Essone, France Translated from Spanish by Gwyneth Little & Hanny Ghazi Photo: Jamie Sia Photography Four months of wonderful breastfeeding until … That Friday morning I woke up with a high temperature, a sore head and my body aching all over. “Ugh, feels like I’m coming down with flu,” I thought, but my mind didn’t want to confirm what my body was feeling...

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Esther Edith Mothers' Stories

Esther Edith Photos: Esther Edith After a challenging, long labor of 40+ hours, I birthed my first daughter, Arielle, safely at home. She latched on well within minutes, and I was amazed at how she already knew what to do and somehow, my body did as well. All went well for the first hours, but by the evening, she was frustrated. I ached intensely with...

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Anna Bondareva Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Anna Bondareva 10 Concepts: The Early Years 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 third. Concept three: In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as...

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Nursing Naturally (Natürlich Stillen) Mothers' Stories

Morrin Mariani, Worms, Rhineland-Palantine, Germany Photos: Dennis Weißmantel   When I became a mother ten months ago, nursing was sheer horror for me. I was terribly anxious and everything was purely and simply awful. My son, Ian, and I had to battle against tongue-tie, newborn formula given by nurses, pacifier pressure, and loads of other things. But we didn’t give up, and after a few weeks it...

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Jamie Sia Photography Mothers' Stories

Darcy Smith, Norman, Oklahoma, USA Photo: Jamie Sia Photography Anxiety and postpartum depression Looking back at the past 18 months, I have become stronger. There were days when I thought that I couldn’t take any more and I wished for my old kid-free life. Every mom has those thoughts. For me though, it was more than just every now and then. It wasn’t about wanting more sleep, to...

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Nursing daughter Mothers' Stories

Sam Milam, Portland, Oregon, USA Here I am shaking in my boots to share my story of full-term breastfeeding my son, until he was done. The Internet can be both a wonderful place for support and a terrible place of judgment for breastfeeding mothers. If we don’t share our stories, the ignorance that leads some people to believe full-term breastfeeding is outrageous or damaging persists. If we hide behind closed doors,...

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Nipple Shields: Friend and Foe Mothers' Stories

Katrina Soper, Newport, Gwent, UK Photo: Suzie Blake   How strange it was that a little piece of silicone could be both my best friend and the one thing I detested about our breastfeeding relationship I am really enjoying breastfeeding my gorgeous daughter. Even after her arrival by emergency cesarean section, breastfeeding was easy, natural, and a relief following the stressful day of her arrival. When...

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Maria Griner Mothers' Stories

Denise Woltering, Virginia, USA Photo: Maria Griner I had a pretty busy summer and was feeling quite tired out and uncomfortably pregnant when my water broke four and a half weeks early. Off to the hospital my husband and I went. I wasn’t too concerned because my first child had been almost four weeks early and everything had been fine. When Evangeline was born, my husband and...

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