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What is D-MER? Features

An interview with Alia Macrina Heise IBCLC and Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC Photos: Suzie Blake D-MER (Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex) Alia Macrina Heise is an International Board Certified Lactation Counselor who suffered some intense negative emotions while breastfeeding her third baby. When her milk let down she felt unpleasant and uncomfortable. Breastfeeding Today asked Alia and Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC, some questions to learn something about these...

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Julia Khanbalinova Mothers' Stories

Julia Khanbalinova, Edgewater, New Jersey, USA   My son Luca is now 15 months old and we are still going strong on our breastfeeding journey. These images are from when he was about seven months old. Luca was born slightly prematurely at 35 weeks and weighed 6lb. He spent some time in the neonatal intensive care unit and I didn’t get to hold him in skin-to-skin contact...

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Kimberly Chandler Features

Diana West, BA, IBCLC Photo: Kimberly Chandler Identification and treatment: tongue-tie & the breastfed baby Many new mothers hear horror stories about how painful breastfeeding can be. Of course, it isn’t supposed to hurt. Nipples don’t need to “toughen up” and any pain beyond initial tenderness means something isn’t right. But when those nipples start to really hurt, most mothers think that they are doing something wrong. They...

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Mary White Features

Diana West, Teresa Pitman, and Diane Wiessinger Mary White was the mother of 11 children, the wife of a busy family doctor, Dr. Gregory White (who passed away in 2003), and a devoted member of her church. Despite all those responsibilities, Mary saw the need for support for breastfeeding mothers, and joined her friend Marian Tompson and five other local women in founding La Leche...

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Myself through His Eyes Features

Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Megan Soto Why is it easier to complete the sentence, “I’m a terrible mother because…” than to say why we are brilliant mothers? “I know you’d like to play with that pen. It doesn’t seem like he wants to share it. Here’s another pen for you to play with.” It is a joy to witness two mothers sensitively helping...

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