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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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Breastfeeding a Foster Baby Mothers' Stories

Anon, CA, USA In December 2015, my husband received a call from a social worker informing him that his sister had given birth to a little girl who was now under protective custody. The social worker wanted to know if we were willing to foster and possibly adopt our baby niece. To be honest, we had no idea my sister-in-law had even been pregnant. My husband...

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Lynley courtesy Sunny Vickers Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Lynley Vickers 10 Concepts: Starting Solids La Leche League is founded on a philosophy summarized in ten concept statements which all LLL Leaders hold dear. In a series of poems Alison puts her interpretation of our beliefs into verse. Here is the fifth. Concept five: For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about...

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