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Pacifiers: The Impact on Breastfeeding Features

Mothers of La Leche League, UK & USA Photos: Suzie Blake The connection between babies and pacifiers Pacifiers (also known as “dummies” or “soothers”) are widely assumed to be an essential piece of baby equipment. There’s a strong cultural association between babies and pacifiers. Consider how frequently pacifiers appear in illustrations on new baby greetings cards. Along with depictions of the ubiquitous bottle with a teat,...

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In Sickness and in Health Mothers' Stories

Liesl Marelli, Florida, USA Photos: Girona Consulting   Last week my older daughter got sick. Sofia, who had just celebrated her third birthday, had a fever, runny nose, and a cough and was miserable. Sofia weaned at 27 months so she wouldn’t take my breast, even though I offered. She neither knew how to latch any more nor did she want to. At one point...

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Never Let Me Go Features

Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Destiny Tillery   I’ve just woken up from the all-night feed. My toddler is two years old and loves breastfeeding now as much as he ever did. Some days he feeds only once or twice, other days he never seems to be doing anything else. I’m fine in the days. But at night it sometimes becomes wearing and I wake...

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Amber Jones Mothers' Stories

Riva Soucie, Raleigh, NC, USA Photos: Amber Jones   “What kind of birth experience do you hope for?” A sweet, soft-spoken doula was sitting in my living room, probably expecting an answer filled with the highest of hopes and lofty expectations. “Truthfully,” I admitted, “I don’t have a set vision for how things will go. I’m open to whatever may come.” When my water broke the evening...

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Finally Feeding Mothers' Stories

Sasha Leader, Moortown, Leeds, UK   I asked my boyfriend to take this picture tonight to capture a moment that only a few weeks ago I would never have deemed possible. Breastfeeding has been frustrating, overwhelming, exhausting, yet strangely and lovingly addictive. I made promises to myself that I would stop very soon, the next week, then the next. I pumped, I bled, I scabbed, I...

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