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Bacteria: A Secret of Breastfeeding? Features

Dr Steven Lin Photo: Jen Barber & Daisy by Chris Davison The microbial population living in breast milk and the transport of bacteria between mother and child play a crucial role in regulating health. With no more intimate moment between a mother and child, breastfeeding provides nutritional, immunological and emotional nurturing. However, recent discoveries have revealed an even deeper connection that suggests breastfeeding is far more precious than...

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Chantal Jura Features

Leigh Anne O’Connor, New York, NY, USA Photo: Chantal Jura   Employment outside the home is one of the biggest barriers to breastfeeding. Is working when breastfeeding even possible? Yes. But there are strategies and lifestyle decisions to consider. Working & breastfeeding I never met Kerry in person. We had one of those LLL Leader-mom phone relationships. Kerry initially called me with a few basic questions about breastfeeding her newborn. She...

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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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