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Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography What's New

Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography Issue 35, June 2016 Nurturing Early motherhood can be overwhelming and when you are facing it without much support even more so. Teresa Pitman explores ways of nurturing yourself when you have to cope alone. Leigh Anne O’Connor debunks the myth that obesity prevents breastfeeding and looks at the issues for plus size mothers. And Katja Leccisi talks...

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Nurturing the New Nurturer: Doing it by Yourself Features

Teresa Pitman, Ontario, Canada Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography   Nurturing the new nurturer when it’s you and you are doing the nurturing by yourself. Reading articles about “mothering the new mother” (or, more inclusively, “nurturing the new parent”) would always make me cry. Have your partner take some time off work and help you out after you give birth, the article would say. See...

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Obese Mothers Can Breastfeed Features

Leigh Anne O’Connor, IBCLC, New York City, USA Photo: Michèlle Du Toit Obesity & breastfeeding According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information nearly one in two American women of childbearing age is overweight or obese. About 24% of women 20–44 years of age are overweight and 23% are obese. (1) Can breastfeeding prevent obesity? Does not breastfeeding increase the risk of obesity? Does being overweight...

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Belle Verdiglione Features

Mothers in La Leche League Photo: Belle Verdiglione Breastfeeding with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. Symptoms include: Raised levels of insulin (that can lead to excessive weight gain). Raised levels of male hormones (that can lead to acne and growth of unwanted hair). Irregular menses, ovarian cysts. Raised risk of diabetes. Underdevelopment of breast tissue. Because PCOS...

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All in Good Time Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA What would happen if all of your clocks, watches, and other devices that tell you the exact time of day were to disappear? Could you survive? Could you entertain the notion that you might actually be better off without knowing the precise time of day? How you answer that question might be partially based on how many external connections you have during...

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