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Esther Edith Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA Photo: Esther Edith We all know that breastfeeding a baby can be done anywhere—and babies don’t stop and consider where they are when their need for mom or her milk arises. And we know that mothers and babies breastfeed in many places, and in many situations, and in many configurations, whether in public, in a corner, with a little breast...

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Charlie Banana Features

Erin Pushman, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Photos: Charlie Banana Breast milk baby’s poop What to expect—and learn—from baby’s diaper for the first six weeks. Five days into my second child’s newborn life, I opened his diaper and found what I had been waiting—no, hoping—to see: a mustard-yellow poop smeared on the inside of his diaper. I was delighted and relieved. For the first ten days, I...

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Christina Simantiri Mothers' Stories

Tessa Bassett Photo: Christina Simantiri Dining out, breastfeeding, and mother wisdom. I like eating and good food, but cooking takes time and creativity, and in the early months of motherhood my imagination was taken up with how to manage to put my baby down long enough to use the bathroom and get dressed. After a particularly bad run of days, eating boiled eggs and powdery apples...

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Starting Life in a Special Care Baby Unit Mothers' Stories

Rebecca Edwards, Bedford, UK and Joy Mottram, East Surrey, UK When our son Joe was born, blood taken from me at delivery showed that I had developed anti-rhesus antibodies despite being given anti-D injections (see box below). Any future pregnancies would need careful monitoring. It was likely that a second baby would become anemic as a result of those antibodies and might need to be...

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Héctor-Ernesto Mothers' Stories

Elvira Germaná, Madrid, Spain Translated by Gina Nigro, Seville, Spain I so wanted to have a third child, and at age 45, my wish came true. My previous two experiences of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding were smooth and easy. I had no doubt that things would be the same the third time around. I gazed at my belly and marveled at the miracle of life....

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