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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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Breastfeeding with Hypoplasia. Insufficient Glandular Tissue Features

Updated July 2016 Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC Photos: Nyssa Retter, Lisa Bartee   “Maybe you just need to try a little harder.” “Have you tried fenugreek?” “You’re probably not drinking enough water.” Mothers who struggle with milk production hear advice like this from well-meaning friends and family members (and sometimes, from breastfeeding supporters who should know better). While the vast majority of milk production problems can be...

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Still Breastfeeding? Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Alice Brinkman LJM Photography   Mother’s Situation Still breastfeeding? My son is 11 months old and breastfeeds happily day and night. I’m enjoying this time together and happy with how things are going. He’s reaching all his developmental milestones, is eating well and is healthy. My only difficulty is my mom and sister saying, “Why are you still doing that?!” They keep telling me...

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