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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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A Normal Birth: Ten Tips Features

Photo: Leilani Rogers   Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start. LLLI. You can improve your odds for a smooth start to breastfeeding by planning for a birth with as few interventions as possible. Ten tips for a normal birth Choose a place where you’ll be comfortable, at home, in hospital, or...

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Source: USBC Mothers' Stories

Julia Smith, North London, UK Photos source: United States Breastfeeding Committee   I hated my breasts and peculiar looking inverted nipples as they developed and I matured into a young woman. One day, in the changing room at the swimming pool, my mother commented that her older sister had had flat nipples, “just like yours” and it was “nothing to worry about.” Until that moment, I...

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Larry Mothers' Stories

Angela Dawson, Bristol, UK I’m still nursing my three-year-old son who has Down syndrome. Two years, 51 weeks. Four years, nine months. Three years, 51 days and counting. In the past 12 years, I have had approximately 17 lactating-free months. I don’t say this to brag. In truth, I am somewhat bemused that my breastfeeding career is still a work in progress. I spent a long time as...

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Breastfeeding My Surrogate Baby Mothers' Stories

Lili Vardi, Haifa, Israel Photos: Dan Vardi My mother enjoyed breastfeeding me at La Leche League meetings. I grew up listening to her talk about nursing and baby rearing. I couldn’t wait to become a mother myself. All along, I knew that breastfeeding was a part of mothering and that support and camaraderie were a part of that ever-changing experience. When I got married, I...

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