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Rob Mank Features

James J. McKenna, Ph.D, IN, USA Photo: Rob Mank A conceptual model of the biological origins of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and colic: is the human infant’s susceptibility to either SIDS or colic due to our species’ unique breathing control system that is necessary for speech? Part 1  It’s a frustrating and helpless experience for any parent to experience a child’s suffering from inconsolable crying...

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Helen Page Features

Robyn Roche-Paull, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, Graham, WA, USA Photo: Helen Page Choosing a breast pump Are you confused by the choice of so many different breast pumps available on the market today? You are not alone. There are so many options that it can be mind-boggling, not to mention time-consuming, to figure out which pump is best for your situation. There are many factors to consider when...

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elojopicon.com Features

Robyn Roche-Paull, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, Graham, WA, USA Photo: elojopicon.com Award winning author and LLL Leader shares her pumping tips. Expressing your breast milk is one way of connecting to your baby when you must be separated. It provides him with your precious milk, along with all the antibodies and nutrition that are so important for his growth and development; but more than that, it also keeps your milk supply...

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Creative Mothers of Invention Features

Alice Allan, Uzbekistan, Central Asia   Creating life, becoming a mother, is the supreme act of creation. But does it mark the end for mothers’ personal creativity? Throughout history, women have been told that motherhood and creativity (beyond the practical productive kind that clothes and feeds their children) aren’t compatible. After all, aren’t the famous writers and artists all childless? The Brontës, Frida Kahlo, Jane Austen,...

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Suzie Blake Features

Serena Morris, Steubenville, Ohio, USA Photo: Suzie Blake A mother’s six tips for balancing breastfeeding with parenting. My journey into breastfeeding was filled with worries and struggles, just like so much else connected with parenting can be. I breastfed my first child for only one month: I was a young college student and went back to school two weeks postpartum. That separation damaged our breastfeeding relationship so badly, I...

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