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The Birth-Breastfeeding Connection Features

Updated January 2016 Photo: Deborah Faye Rhodes courtesy of Nic McNamara All your decisions will make a difference in how easily breastfeeding happens. The birth-breastfeeding connection Excerpted from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition, Schaumburg, IL: LLLI, 2010, pages 50, 52. Pick a mammal, any mammal, and imagine it giving birth the way we do. Let’s say you take your laboring dog to a strange place with...

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Dental Caries Features

Leigh Anne O’Connor, IBCLC Photo: Sadie Jimenez by Sydney Richardson Dental caries and breastfeeding  When my first child, Phoebe, was about a year and a half old I noticed some discoloration on her front teeth. Our pediatrician referred us to a pediatric dentist. Phoebe had cavities! I was shocked and embarrassed. I had made sure her food was fresh and healthy. The first taste of sugar was a...

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Athena courtesy Lena Ostroff Features

Updated December 2015 LLLGB Mothers Photo: Athena courtesy of Lena Ostroff   Ask any breastfeeding mother why she has chosen to breastfeed and she is likely to tell you about the benefits to her baby, family and herself, as well as the joy and satisfaction of being able to meet her baby’s needs for food, protection, and security through breastfeeding. Some adoptive mothers choose to...

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A Magic Hold Mothers' Stories

Nicola and Andy Wardle, Stockport, UK Photo: Andy & Grace Wardle  A magic hold From birth Grace has been exclusively breastfed but we found that after a feed and a usual winding over our shoulder, she would only settle for a short while and then wake crying, with knees bent in pain from trapped gas. We have yet to discover what could cause this excess of...

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Natal Teeth and Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Updated December 2015 Mandy Handke, Berlin, Germany (translated by Cathy Pilgram, Munich, Germany)   Breastfeeding a baby born with teeth Johanna was born in 2010 with two bottom central incisors. This early appearance of teeth is very rare—about one in two thousand babies is born with one or two teeth. Most babies are born without teeth, although the central incisors are almost completely formed in...

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