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Janet Fotheringham Features

Kelly Durbin, Phoenix AZ, USA Photos: Janet Fotheringham An LLL Leader’s reflection recognizes breastfeeding as a complex communication system, not just calories. Breast milk is often promoted as nature’s perfect infant food. Indeed, it has exactly the right balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates for growing infants, but regarding breastfeeding solely as a means to feed a baby is incredibly limiting. In the last century and into this one, breastfeeding...

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Ayu in Basel Mothers' Stories

Ruth Brodbeck, Basel, Switzerland Photo: Ayu in Basel, Switzerland Ayu’s story Hello members of La Leche League around the world. My name is Ayu and I am traveling around the world with my baby Paco for one year (October, 1, 2016–September, 30, 2017) to celebrate 60 years of La Leche League International. I hope to meet many of you wonderful LLL people while visiting your countries....

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Ballet, Babies, and Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Brandi Nylen Reed, Hopkinton, New Hampshire, USA My story of ballet, babies, and breastfeeding. It was one of those beautifully easy first pregnancies and I felt healthier than I ever had before. I lived off salads and smoothies, and 7:00am prenatal yoga and massage. I dove right into what my husband and I had been trying for, for the past two years. We were blessed! I...

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Sebastián Puenzo Mothers' Stories

Amatul Wadood Nazli, Mansehra, Pakistan Photo: Sebastián Puenzo Breastfeeding is very common in our district of Mansehra, northeast Pakistan, an area with lush, feminine beauty, with high green mountains, fields of grass, and crops of maize, wheat, rice, and all kinds of fruits and vegetables. The word Mansehra combines the Hindi words mahaan sehra, meaning “flowers in abundance.” Here, rural women with little formal education breastfeed...

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Dun family Mothers' Stories

Summer Dun, Sherwood, Arkansas, USA A pumping story In January, 2014, we welcomed our third child into our family, our sweet baby, Rose. She had a rocky start. I am rhesus negative and was carrying antibodies to the rhesus factor. Rose was in the NICU for three days after she was born and then readmitted a few days later for further phototherapy to clear her jaundice. While she was...

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