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Reflections on “Extended” Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Rebecca Leigh Taylor, Chelmsford, Essex, UK The term “extended” breastfeeding doesn’t offend me, but the fact that it implies something longer than the norm does sit slightly uncomfortably with me. I find it strange and disappointing that despite the World Health Organization’s recommendation that babies be breastfed exclusively for six months and breastfeeding continue (complemented by solid food) until the age of two or beyond, “extended” is...

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Milky Moments Winner Mothers' Stories

Ellie Stoneley, Cambridge, UK Photo: Paul Clarke Photography   Breast not best, it’s normal: Milky Moments Ellie wrote Milky Moments to illustrate to children that breastfeeding is the normal way to feed babies. The book is winner this week of The People’s Book Prize for Children’s Literature 2016.  Ellie’s story I’ve never been a fan of the word “normal,” since it represents the mundane or the average. But in the context...

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Esther Edith Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photos: Esther Edith La Leche League When I feel depleted, give me a meeting with mothers, like of mind, kind, with tea and snacks, where no one attacks choices, and challenges are met with gentle voices, and choruses of “me too” and “this is what I do.” Give me a room full of support, away from a world which thinks we...

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Ten Concepts: Making Milk Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Image: Joshua Raven 10 Concepts: Making milk 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 second. Concept two: Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk...

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Kathy Grossman Mothers' Stories

Tammy McKinney, Dover, Pennsylvania, USA Image: Kathy Grossman   Beating the baby blues at the start of motherhood. The day my daughter was born was filled with emotion, exhaustion, and expectation. I remember wanting nothing more than to rest and stay awake all at the same time. There lay a little being whom I had anticipated meeting for so long. I loved her so much and...

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Superwoman Mothers' Stories

Laila Safraz, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK After a rough start with a baby that screamed for three hours every evening for the first three months of her life, a very sickly baby—she was my fourth and I had not been in this situation before—postpartum depression followed. Thankfully the depression was short lived. I had breastfed all of my other three children, so I knew how breastfeeding on...

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Greg’s Story Mothers' Stories

Greg, Montélimar, France A father’s story My name is Greg. I’m 35 and I’m the lucky father of three wonderful children, and stepfather to a fourth who is actually the first. Still following? My stepson, Melvil, is an 18-year-old big lad whose life I’ve been sharing since he was eighteen months old. Our three other children are Alisée (15), Loane (10), and Aloÿs (22 months). My...

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Kailee Riches Photography Mothers' Stories

Jake Sound, Riverside, California, USA Photo: Kailee Riches Being a Dad advocate for breastfeeding. It’s not easy being a parent, though, in all sincerity, I’ve never regretted having children, not even when I’ve lost my temper and shouted things like, “No means No!” or when I’ve almost crashed the car because of the squabbling in the backseat. Even at those times of frustration and stress, I...

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