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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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Too Busy to Breastfeed Features

Lisa Hassan Scott Photo: Jacob Wright   By four months old, my baby was round-cheeked, giggling, and playful. Breastfeeding her was a joy. She would hold my finger, look up at me and smile. I could put her in the sling so she could sleep, and I would go for walks or bake cakes with my elder daughter. We enjoyed our snuggles and had fallen...

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Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding Features

Updated December 2015 Ayala Ochert Photo: Leilani Rogers   A mother’s tale of Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding, a non-prescriptive approach that encourages mothers to breastfeed in a semi-reclined or laid back position. When I had my first child, Jacob, three and a half years ago, I was determined to breastfeed and prepared myself as well as I could. I read books on breastfeeding and even attended...

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Jen Barber by Chris Davison Features

Kathy Abbott, IBCLC Photo: Jen Barber & Daisy by Chris Davison   Recently a new mom who was on her first day back at work put out a desperate plea to her Facebook friends. Like most breastfeeding mothers she had brought along a double electric pump in good working condition. Her employer, however, had been caught off guard by her request for “pumping breaks.” Extra breaks...

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