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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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On Becoming a Grandmother Mothers' Stories

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA Becoming a grandma. I am about to embark on a great adventure—one that not just anybody can experience. The eligibility criteria is based on choices I made decades ago, combined with choices made more recently by others. My choice—and success—at having babies years ago set this adventure in motion, and my daughter’s choice—and pending success—at having a baby of her...

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The Unending Weariness of the Best Job Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA The unending weariness of the best job. “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. The mother is something absolutely new.” —Osho, Indian mystic and spiritual leader How many times do we hear that parenting—especially mothering—is a 24/7 job? The phrase rolls off our tongues and...

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Newborn Weight Loss: Getting Back on Track Mothers' Stories

Vanessa Pinto, Sag Harbor, New York, USA Newborn weight loss: getting back on track with breastfeeding. None of the mothers in my family or my husband’s had ever breastfed. They disapproved of my desire to do so, explaining that it was too exhausting and telling me stories of women they knew who had tried and failed to make it work. I believed there was no one...

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