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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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Janet Fotheringham Features

Kelly Durbin, Phoenix AZ, USA Photos: Janet Fotheringham An LLL Leader’s reflection recognizes breastfeeding as a complex communication system, not just calories. Breast milk is often promoted as nature’s perfect infant food. Indeed, it has exactly the right balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates for growing infants, but regarding breastfeeding solely as a means to feed a baby is incredibly limiting. In the last century and into this one, breastfeeding...

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Ayu in Basel Mothers' Stories

Ruth Brodbeck, Basel, Switzerland Photo: Ayu in Basel, Switzerland Ayu’s story Hello members of La Leche League around the world. My name is Ayu and I am traveling around the world with my baby Paco for one year (October, 1, 2016–September, 30, 2017) to celebrate 60 years of La Leche League International. I hope to meet many of you wonderful LLL people while visiting your countries....

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Ballet, Babies, and Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Brandi Nylen Reed, Hopkinton, New Hampshire, USA My story of ballet, babies, and breastfeeding. It was one of those beautifully easy first pregnancies and I felt healthier than I ever had before. I lived off salads and smoothies, and 7:00am prenatal yoga and massage. I dove right into what my husband and I had been trying for, for the past two years. We were blessed! I...

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