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Amber Jones Mothers' Stories

Riva Soucie, Raleigh, NC, USA Photos: Amber Jones   “What kind of birth experience do you hope for?” A sweet, soft-spoken doula was sitting in my living room, probably expecting an answer filled with the highest of hopes and lofty expectations. “Truthfully,” I admitted, “I don’t have a set vision for how things will go. I’m open to whatever may come.” When my water broke the evening...

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Tiny Feet, Large Footprint Features

Merel van Goor den Held Photo: Destiny Tillery A baby has tiny feet, but infant formula leaves a large footprint. First published in Dutch, August 2015, in Down to Earth Magazine (Friends of the Earth, Netherlands) and translated into English by its author for Breastfeeeding Today. The ecological footprint of infant formula is enormous and, what is more, it’s unnecessary according to The International Baby Food Action Network,...

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Breastfeeding Solutions to Breastfeeding Problems Mothers' Stories

Rachel Dawson, Otley, Yorkshire, UK Photo: Courtesy Christina Simantiri  My baby had lost nine per cent of his birth weight by day three … I want to say a very public thank-you to Becky, Ruth, Suzanne, and Amanda for helping me discover breastfeeding solutions to breastfeeding problems. Last Saturday I posted on our local La Leche League Facebook group that I was struggling with breastfeeding my...

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Breastfeeding after Reduction Mothers' Stories

Tess Jenkin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Photo: Maria Griner   How breast reduction surgery doesn’t necessarily rule out breastfeeding. My daughter Nell turned six months old last week and we began our day as we begin every day—with a breastfeed. While it may sound trivial noting this small milestone, the obvious enjoyment and comfort Nell receives from breastfeeding is one of my proudest achievements. Like many mothers, I...

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Growing Powerful Mothers' Stories

Christina Marie Perez, San Antonio, TX, USA Photo: Eikonicdesign   Lack of support At the age of 19, I gave birth to my first son, Adrian. Though my mother, aunts, and sister-in-laws had never breastfeed, I wanted to do so. My son had difficulty latching on and the nurses recommended supplementing with formula before we’d even left the hospital. Because of a lack of support...

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Baby Milk Marketing. Who Needs WHO? Features

Updated April 2016 Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, RN, IBCLC, LLLL Photo: Leilani Rogers   Breast is best, right? Why is baby milk marketing thriving? Public health messages promote breastfeeding as an unequalled way to provide babies with the ideal food. We know improper feeding can make infants substantially more vulnerable to infectious diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, the leading causes of infant death worldwide. Contaminated water and...

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Choosing Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Updated January 2016 George Hay, East Lothian, UK A father’s story I spent three years as a full-time dad, and going out to work is ridiculously easy by comparison. When my wife was pregnant with our first child and announced that she was intending to breastfeed our baby I wasn’t particularly surprised. In fact, I hadn’t really given much thought to how the baby should...

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A Second Chance Mothers' Stories

Vicky Groombridge, Coventry, UK   My relactation story: a second chance to breastfeed. My baby, Toby, was born four months ago. Although I attended an antenatal clinic while I was pregnant I never really thought much about breastfeeding. I had heard it was common for women to find it difficult, but I assumed it would come naturally to me and never really considered alternatives. I...

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