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Cancer and Breastfeeding Features

Updated December 2015 Diana West, BA, IBCLC Photo: Maria Griner Photography Here are answers to some of the most common questions mothers have when facing the possibility or reality of cancer while breastfeeding: Breastfeeding from a breast with cancer will not give the baby cancer in any way. Babies will NOT always refuse to feed from a cancerous breast, although babies have been known to refuse...

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Should I Night Wean? Mom to Mom

Photo: Sweet Dreams Photography Mother’s situation: Should I night wean? My son is 18 months old and still wakes regularly every few hours throughout the night. He is settled, very quickly, by breastfeeding. It is not a huge problem for me when I am in bed, but I would like to have more time in the evening to spend with my husband, to go out...

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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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