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Premature Baby, Breastfeeding Toddler Mothers' Stories

Caroline van Nierop, Curaçao, Netherlands, Antilles   My premature baby My daughter, Mare, who is almost three years old now, is still enjoying “mama-drinking” a few times a day (and night). Who could have imagined this, knowing the difficult start she had? At 27 weeks into my pregnancy my water broke and I was confined to hospital. At 32 weeks my baby was born, weighing...

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Tricky Beginning Mothers' Stories

Devon McDonald, West Malling, Kent, UK Photo: AshLee Wethington Photography   I knew I wanted to breastfeed from the moment I found out I was pregnant, but we had a tricky beginning. When Izzy was born, after a difficult labor ending with an emergency cesarean section under general anesthetic, my husband made sure that no one fed her until I came round and could try to...

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Breastfeeding is Love Mothers' Stories

Ana Romero Alonso, Cigales, Spain Translated by Soledad Etchemendy, Barcelona, Spain Photo: Rachel Brencur Photography I am a mother of two children born in 2007 and 2011. I want to tell you about my very atypical breastfeeding journey, a journey along a path parallel to that of most breastfeeding mothers. I could not feed my own milk to my children. For me, this felt like...

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Evolution of a Breastfeeding Mother Mothers' Stories

Diana West, BA, IBCLC, Long Valley, New Jersey, USA  Français Mothering after breast reduction surgery When I became pregnant for the first time, the one thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to breastfeed. I’d had breast reduction surgery and my surgeon had said it wasn’t possible. At the time of my surgery when I was 25 years old, there was no...

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Do You Really Need to Pump? Features

Alice Allan, IBCLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   Examines whether breast pumps are necessary. Some mothers cannot let down for a pump and will produce only a measly few drops, when in reality they have a good milk supply. Big seller Worldwide, sales of breast pumps are currently estimated to have reached 5.5 million units, with Europe and America accounting for 78% of the world breast...

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Bonding with Daddy Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Jess Rhea   Mother’s Situation Bonding with Daddy My husband was initially quite supportive about the idea of my breastfeeding our baby, agreeing that it was the healthy choice, but since our son’s birth, two and a half months ago, he has had a change of heart. He seems to resent the time I spend breastfeeding and appears frustrated and jealous that...

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It Takes a Village Mothers' Stories

Lindsay Gibson, Randburg, South Africa   The Swahili saying “It takes more than one hand to nurse a child” is even more appropriate than the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” My story involved many helpers. My husband and I were happily preparing for the birth of our precious baby. When I started having pains at 29 weeks, I was convinced it was...

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Back to Work Mom to Mom

Updated February 2016 Mothers’ Letters Photos: Jen Pan Photography   Mother’s situation: Back to work My daughter is four months old and I am going back to work shortly. She still nurses all day and refuses a pacifier. I have tried to introduce a bottle, first with formula and then, when she rejected that, with my expressed milk, but she would not take that either. I...

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