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Pacifiers: The Impact on Breastfeeding Features

Mothers of La Leche League, UK & USA Photos: Suzie Blake The connection between babies and pacifiers Pacifiers (also known as “dummies” or “soothers”) are widely assumed to be an essential piece of baby equipment. There’s a strong cultural association between babies and pacifiers. Consider how frequently pacifiers appear in illustrations on new baby greetings cards. Along with depictions of the ubiquitous bottle with a teat,...

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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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Breastfeeding through a Broken Marriage Features

Naturaleza Moore, M.A., Mount Prospect, IL, USA Naturaleza Moore Photo by SAMAiMAGING   Broken Marriage In what seemed like the blink of an eye, my family went from poster of perfection to order of protection. The stress was compounded by not having income to support a toddler, as well as a breastfeeding, not-quite two-year-old, and myself. As any breastfeeding mother knows, change makes a baby...

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Gentle Weaning: Breastfeeding “Forever” Features

Barbara Higham, West Yorkshire, UK Photo: Liesl Marelli   Early weaning While the prevalent cultural attitude in many countries now is toward weaning babies early, during most periods of history and in most parts of the world babies have been breastfed for years rather than months (Mead & Newton 19671). A breastfed baby depends on his mother for both food and comfort and in societies that...

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Cluster Feeding Features

Lisa Hassan Scott Photo: MJ Loiacono by Giselle Salazar Photography   With a young baby around, evenings take on a completely new complexion. Before we had a baby, my husband and I would come in from work, possibly pour a glass of wine, sit on the patio for a while, then make dinner for two around eight o’clock. We would read books then head off to...

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A Pharmacist’s Perspective Features

Sarah Witzel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Photo: Jen Barber & Daisy   Sarah shares a pharmacist’s perspective… If you look on the shelves of your local pharmacy, you will see that manufacturers’ claims that we need their products to keep our children healthy don’t stop at infant formula. There are many powders and beverages marketed at toddlers who are sick, “slow” growers, or simply picky eaters. They provide vitamins,...

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