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Nursing Naturally (Natürlich Stillen) Mothers' Stories

Morrin Mariani, Worms, Rhineland-Palantine, Germany Photos: Dennis Weißmantel   When I became a mother ten months ago, nursing was sheer horror for me. I was terribly anxious and everything was purely and simply awful. My son, Ian, and I had to battle against tongue-tie, newborn formula given by nurses, pacifier pressure, and loads of other things. But we didn’t give up, and after a few weeks it...

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Body Image of Mothers Features

Diana West, BA, IBCLC and Lisa Manning Feature photo: Kendra by Jade Beall Photography   The transformations of pregnancy and motherhood can magnify our self-image. Many women discover a new physical empowerment, but others are left feeling a quiet misery of unattractiveness. A quick glance at online forums for new mothers confirms there are many ways that postpartum changes affect women’s feelings about their bodies. Becoming...

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Recovery from an Eating Disorder Mothers' Stories

Sara Sites, Pittsburgh, PA, USA   This is my journey recovering from an eating disorder. From about the age of 12, I’ve struggled with food. I don’t remember a time before food and body image-centered thoughts didn’t occupy my brain. For years, I treated myself badly and wanted my life to be over. But I found light at the end of the tunnel. I know women...

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Breasts, Body Image, & Sexuality Features

Updated August 2015 Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Mama Linnea & Scarlett Rose courtesy of Destiny Tillery Photography   The idea that others need to be protected from breastfeeding, that it is somehow an act of aggression for a mother to feed her baby says more about our society than it does about the gentleness of communication, nurturing and dependence that is at the heart of...

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