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Birth : Things Don’t Always Come Up As You Have Planned Them Features / Mothers' Stories

Gabriela Gallegos, Cambridge, England When I learned that I was pregnant, I started to inform myself about absolutely everything so that I could have an « easy » pregnancy, a healthy pregnancy but above all I wished with all my heart and soul to give birth naturally, without any anesthetic. I am a sportive woman, I almost never get sick and so I rarely take any medicine....

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Adriana Mesec maj Features

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, RLC, FAPA Photo: Adriana Mesec maj Great for babies. What’s in it for mothers? A colleague recently sent me an Op-Ed from the Washington Post written by a group of mental health professionals who had horrid personal breastfeeding experiences and concluded that breastfeeding was too hard and didn’t make that much difference any way. Now they encourage all the mothers in their practice...

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Why Breastfeeding Is Good for Mothers’ Mental Health Features

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA Photo: Scheyer Vandleta Tyrell and Ahja by Robert Zuill New research shows how breastfeeding lowers mothers’ risk of depression, helps them get more sleep, and overcome past adversity. Each year, hundreds of thousands of mothers worldwide become depressed after giving birth. Professionals are more aware of the existence of depression as an illness than they ever have been, and that’s been a...

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Mood Foods What's Cooking?

Photos: courtesy of Michele O’Connor, Guiseley, Yorkshire, UK Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.   Eating for a good mood After the birth of your baby you will be doing a great job making milk for your baby. You will want to feed yourself well too, to stay healthy and well...

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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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Postpartum Blues Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Kirsty Colquhoun   Mother’s Situation Postpartum blues I have suffered from depression in the past, and after the birth of my first baby four years ago, I had a fairly serious bout for which I required medication. I gave up breastfeeding after only a few weeks because of sore nipples, and I was worried about the medication I was taking getting through...

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Baby Blues Mom to Mom

Updated December 2015 Photo: Angela Anderson Photography   Mother’s situation: Baby blues I was really looking forward to having my baby and being able to be home with him. I expected there to be a period of adjustment, of course, but now four months after my son’s birth, I am still feeling blue. I have no good reason to feel this way because I have...

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