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Nipple Shields: Friend and Foe Mothers' Stories

Katrina Soper, Newport, Gwent, UK Photo: Suzie Blake   How strange it was that a little piece of silicone could be both my best friend and the one thing I detested about our breastfeeding relationship I am really enjoying breastfeeding my gorgeous daughter. Even after her arrival by emergency cesarean section, breastfeeding was easy, natural, and a relief following the stressful day of her arrival. When...

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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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Position to Breastfeed Features

Updated April 23 2016 Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA Photo: Jax McCormick by Leilani Rogers   How a natural position to breastfeed—mother leaning back, baby tummy down, and adjusting body, baby, and breast—helps make for an easier start. During the first week after birth, 92% of the nursing mothers in one study reported major breastfeeding challenges (Wagner 2013). In my 30-plus years of giving breastfeeding help,...

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Voices of Black Mothers Mothers' Stories

Angie Forsett, California, USA   Angie’s story from Free To Breastfeed. Voices of Black Mothers I got pregnant while training with the women’s national volleyball team. Breastfeeding was far away from my mind since I had, like, negative-A cups! But once the initial shock of the pregnancy set in, I began to romanticize what it would be like to hold, cuddle, and even nurse a...

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Breastfeeding: A Leap of Faith Mothers' Stories

Alexandra O’Leary, Sittingbourne, Kent, UK   Alexandra had a difficult start to breastfeeding and had to make a leap of faith. My waters broke early at 36 weeks and six days. Sixty hours later my little girl, Jemima, was born following induction via mid-forceps [an obstetric operation in which forceps are applied to the baby’s head when it has reached the midplane of the mother’s pelvis]. I’d...

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Twins: Double Trouble? Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: James & William courtesy Lena Ostroff   Mother’s Situation: Double trouble? I recently learned I am pregnant with twins! I breastfed my first baby only for a couple of weeks because of the toe-curling pain that I now realize came from poor attachment to the breast. He was nipple-feeding rather than getting a deep enough latch. I feel far more prepared to give...

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The Six-month Milestone Mothers' Stories

Christina Gallo Nizic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  A mother’s reflections on reaching her son’s six-month milestone. Committing to exclusively breastfeeding is one of the hardest things that I have ever done. I always thought that instinct would take over and I would just know how to breastfeed. This was not the case. Ten days after the due date for the arrival of my first baby, I...

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A Change of Position Mothers' Stories

Heather Wadley, Las Cruces, NM, USA Artist: Alena Kalchanka, Messina, Italy   When my first child was born six years ago, I was aware of the benefits of breastfeeding but initially planned to pump exclusively and feed my daughter through a bottle, so that my husband might feed our baby as well. Shortly after my daughter was born, while still in the hospital, I changed my...

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