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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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Baby Blues Mom to Mom

Updated December 2015 Photo: Angela Anderson Photography   Mother’s situation: Baby blues I was really looking forward to having my baby and being able to be home with him. I expected there to be a period of adjustment, of course, but now four months after my son’s birth, I am still feeling blue. I have no good reason to feel this way because I have...

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Why Babies Need to be Carried and Held Features

Updated January 2016 Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Christina Simantiri    What babies need. “I can’t put my baby down! My baby always wants to be held. I can’t get anything done.” How many new mothers find themselves expressing these feelings after having had their first baby? When my first daughter was born, it seemed that everyone around me felt that I should be...

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Retained Placenta & Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Maya Magub Heffes, London, UK Photos: Maya & Clara courtesy of Eric Young   Maya desperately wanted to breastfeed her baby but when her milk failed to come in and three weeks had passed since Clara’s birth, she began to lose hope. When I was pregnant a friend lent me a number of books. “If you only have time to read one properly, read the breastfeeding...

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