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Sacha Blackburne Features

Amber McCann, IBCLC Photo: Sacha Blackburne In 100 Words As mothers, our stories are incredibly important. Storytelling has been at the core of cultures since the beginning of time and helps establish the norms of society while connecting us on a deeper, more intimate level. Stories help us to make sense of the world around us. They help us define who we are. As our cultural...

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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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