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Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Rachel Morgan, Cottonwood, Arizona, USA I was shocked when the nurse quietly told me, “He has a cleft lip and palate, but he’s beautiful.” Breastfeeding my first child was easy. I had a great milk supply, her latch was perfect, and I had a ton of support from my local La Leche League. When I became pregnant with my second child, I imagined it would...

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Feed The Baby: Building A Milk Supply Mothers' Stories

Erin Pushman, Charlotte, NC USA   “The most important thing is to feed the baby,” she said. “You’re going to have to supplement.” I sat on the uncomfortable couch, pulled my new nursing cami over my breasts, and tried not to cry. Lucille, the eight-day-old girl sleeping on my lap, had not regained her birthweight, and the lactation consultant had just told me I wasn’t...

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Voices of Black Mothers Mothers' Stories

Angie Forsett, California, USA   Angie’s story from Free To Breastfeed. Voices of Black Mothers I got pregnant while training with the women’s national volleyball team. Breastfeeding was far away from my mind since I had, like, negative-A cups! But once the initial shock of the pregnancy set in, I began to romanticize what it would be like to hold, cuddle, and even nurse a...

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From Bottle to Breast Mothers' Stories

Molly Weber, Dubuque, Iowa USA I was eight when my little sister was born and I remember vividly being appalled by my mom breastfeeding her. It was gross, weird, and, from an eight-year-old’s perspective, something, frankly, that took too much of my mother’s time and attention—time and attention she was not giving to me. Fast forward 18 years to when my son was born five...

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Breastfeeding Solutions to Breastfeeding Problems Mothers' Stories

Rachel Dawson, Otley, Yorkshire, UK Photo: Courtesy Christina Simantiri  My baby had lost nine per cent of his birth weight by day three … I want to say a very public thank-you to Becky, Ruth, Suzanne, and Amanda for helping me discover breastfeeding solutions to breastfeeding problems. Last Saturday I posted on our local La Leche League Facebook group that I was struggling with breastfeeding my...

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