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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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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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