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Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) & Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Tinee Luparelli, Bermuda Photo: Courtesy Lena Ostroff   Tinee believes that breastfeeding her ailing daughter gave her the best possible start in life. Gianna was born with a rare congenital neurological and skin disorder known as Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) and Nevus of Ota (NoO) (a blue hyperpigmentation that presents on the face). I had never heard of Sturge Weber Syndrome or Nevus of Ota, but...

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Nipple Shields: New Insights Features

Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA Photo: Baby Hunter   If you’ve ever used a nipple shield—or know someone who has—you’ve probably received conflicting advice about its use. Most nipple shields are made of silicone and consist of a thin “brim” that covers all or part of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and a firmer, protruding “tip” that fits over the nipple. When a baby...

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Uplift of Our Series Meetings Features

Updated February 2016 Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Photo: courtesy Paula Hinson   Mothers often write to say how they feel at their first La Leche League Series Meeting, that they have “come home.” I am moved every time I read one of these accounts. My own experience was different. It was over 20 years ago now. The meeting was quite near my home, but I...

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Bipolar and Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Updated December 2015 Beatrice Faulkner, Gargrave, Yorkshire, UK Photo: Anna Bondarieva   First journey: bipolar and breastfeeding “Breastfeeding is easy,” my mum told me when I was pregnant. After straightforward home births she had breastfed my sister and then me. I had grown up assuming that I too would breastfeed, although I never imagined breastfeeding anyone who could walk or talk. As for its being easy, I wasn’t so...

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Finding Your Tribe Features

Teresa Pitman Photo: Robert Zuill   I grew up on a farm, so I had the opportunity to observe different kinds of animals and learn about how nature intended them to live. A horse, for example, is a herd animal, happiest when he’s with other horses. Horses who live alone are prone to ulcers and other stress-related illnesses—that’s why you often hear about racehorses or...

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