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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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Sebastián Puenzo Mothers' Stories

Anon, UK Photo: Sebastián Puenzo I am—I think the word my midwife settled on is “awkward.” I come from a family in which traditionally we didn’t talk about stuff. I have used various dodgy ways to deal with life, including food and drugs, which led to eating disorders and heroin addiction. I am nearly five years clean now, but still struggle with trust and communication...

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