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Valarie Molstre Mothers' Stories

Valarie Molstre, Fargo, North Dakota, USA Getting through chemotherapy and breastfeeding my baby. Today my son and I overcame a huge obstacle in our journey. He breastfed for the first time. At 28 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My cancer was stage 2, grade 3, and triple negative—that means it was very aggressive. The doctors decided to start chemotherapy while I was...

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The Way a Mother Loves Mothers' Stories

Ángeles Tavárez, Bry-sur-Marne, France Translated from Spanish into English by Hanny Ghazi, Saint-Cloud, France   My name is Ángeles and I love to breastfeed. To me the word means “the way a mother loves” (word play in Spanish: amamantar = to breastfeed, amar= to love). I place breastfeeding among the most sublime things one can do. When I have my baby attached to my breast I...

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Breastfeeding is Good for Mothers Too Features

Updated January 2016 Barbara Higham, Wharfedale, UK Photo: Erin White   What’s in it for mothers? Mothers know breastfeeding is good for babies. It’s the natural thing to do: human milk provides optimal nutrition and strengthens immune systems. We know too that formula-fed babies suffer more illnesses than breastfed babies. But how often do mothers hear about the advantages that exist for their own short and long-term health? The reporting...

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Cancer and Breastfeeding Features

Updated December 2015 Diana West, BA, IBCLC Photo: Maria Griner Photography Here are answers to some of the most common questions mothers have when facing the possibility or reality of cancer while breastfeeding: Breastfeeding from a breast with cancer will not give the baby cancer in any way. Babies will NOT always refuse to feed from a cancerous breast, although babies have been known to refuse...

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Breastfeeding: Primary Prevention against Breast Cancer Features

Updated August 2016 Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC, New York, USA Photo: Anna Bondarieva   Breastfeeding protects against breast cancer: primary prevention When experts in disease control talk about prevention, there are three levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary. The aim of primary prevention is to keep the disease from occurring; secondary prevention focuses on those who have the disease, but are not suffering ill effects from it (or perhaps...

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