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How Mothers Love Features

 Book review by Gwyneth Little, East Lothian, UK Photo: lisaonlocation   How Mothers Love and how relationships are born Naomi Stadlen’s book, How Mothers Love, shows us again just what it is that mothers do, “especially when it looks like nothing.” The focus of her second book is, as the title suggests, relationships and communication, particularly between a mother and her baby, but also, in...

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Breastfeeding: Primary Prevention against Breast Cancer Features

Updated August 2016 Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC, New York, USA Photo: Anna Bondarieva   Breastfeeding protects against breast cancer: primary prevention When experts in disease control talk about prevention, there are three levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary. The aim of primary prevention is to keep the disease from occurring; secondary prevention focuses on those who have the disease, but are not suffering ill effects from it (or perhaps...

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My Mother Before Me Features

Erin Zohrehie, Reading, UK, originally of Dumont, New Jersey, USA Photo: Cassie Ann Creations   Sadly, in December of 2010, my mother’s Alzheimer’s had progressed to the point where it was impossible for any one person to care for her. I flew over to the US to help out, and we found a lovely nursing home for her to reside. When I returned, I brought...

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A Natural Weaning Mothers' Stories

Aravinda Pillalamarri, Mumbai, India & Harford County USA Photo: Ravi Kuchimanchi   It is over a year since my daughter last breastfed. She had a natural weaning over a period of about three months, as the gaps between nursings became longer and more frequent … and then I realized there was no longer a gap. She had stopped. One June day when I first noticed...

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Twin Kangaroo Care Mothers' Stories

Emily Stott, Oxford, UK   Twin kangaroo care for my premature babies My non-identical twin baby boys were born at 32 weeks and six days, after spontaneous premature labor. I had an emergency cesarean because the babies were in a transverse breech position. They were small but good weights for their gestation, 4lb/1.8kg and 3.5lb/1.6kg. After delivery my babies were taken to the special care...

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