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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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Breast Milk and the Strong Immune System Mothers' Stories

Jamie Morea, Henderson, Nevada, USA   Breast milk and the strong immune system “No matter what, start hand expressing within an hour or two after birth to tell your body to make milk.” When you are pregnant a lot of people give you advice. It was this piece of advice that I especially appreciated. You see, my water broke at 27 ½ weeks while we were vacationing...

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Elizabeth Stanley Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Elizabeth Stanley   Ten concepts: mothering through breastfeeding 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 first one. 1. Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs...

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Reaching Out Mothers' Stories

Dawn Tucker, Uzbekistan & Florida, USA   I live in Uzbekistan, but flew back to my home in Florida to have my baby girl, Josephine, and to be near friends and family. We stayed for three months: six weeks before and six weeks after the birth before returning to Uzbekistan. Reaching out to La Leche League Since I’d heard breastfeeding does not always come naturally, I reached out to...

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