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Is Breast Always Best? Features

Ellen Kamman, Johannesburg, South Africa Photo: Kristen Watts by Jade Beall Photography   When facing difficult decisions is breast always best? Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs. There is plenty of evidence showing that babies who receive human milk have better short term and long term health outcomes than babies who receive alternative infant foods. At La Leche...

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Galactagogues Features

Philippa Pearson-Glaze, Stourbridge, Midlands, UK   What is a galactagogue? A galactagogue is something that increases the production of breast milk such as certain herbs, foods, and a few prescription medicines. Most mothers won’t need galactagogues (from the Greek “galacta” which means milk) as there are several ways to increase or maintain a milk supply without using herbs or medicines. If you are worried about your milk supply and whether...

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Breastfeeding for HIV-Positive Mothers Features

Added reference September 2016 Pamela Morrison IBCLC Photo: Athena courtesy of Lena Ostroff Recommendations from global health authorities endorse exclusive breastfeeding for all babies for the first six months of life and continued partial breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. (1) Yet it is commonly believed that the one exception to this recommendation is the baby of a mother who has been diagnosed as...

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Breastfeeding through Critical Illness and Recovery Mothers' Stories

Natalie Ainge, Saltaire, Bradford, UK Photo: Natalie & Bruce   My baby boy, the biggest of my three children, was born peacefully at home in water, only 19 months after I’d had a traumatic cesarean. His birth was everything I had dreamed of and our whole family was on a high. I breastfed our first two children and planned to breastfeed him too. With our...

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I Want a Natural Birth Mom to Mom

Updated February 2016 Mothers’ Letters Photo: Belle Verdiglione   Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.   Mother’s situation: I want a natural birth The birth of my first baby, who is now two years old, was traumatic. I didn’t progress at the expected rate during labor, which led to a cascade of medical...

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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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Birth Interventions Features

Teresa Pitman Sally Parkin: Photos by Mick Watson Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Ruth’s first baby was born in a hospital with a doctor she’d met only once before. During labor, the doctor became concerned that there was some meconium (the name given to the stool that the baby passes...

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