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Feed The Baby: Building A Milk Supply Mothers' Stories

Erin Pushman, Charlotte, NC USA   “The most important thing is to feed the baby,” she said. “You’re going to have to supplement.” I sat on the uncomfortable couch, pulled my new nursing cami over my breasts, and tried not to cry. Lucille, the eight-day-old girl sleeping on my lap, had not regained her birthweight, and the lactation consultant had just told me I wasn’t...

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Do You Really Need to Pump? Features

Alice Allan, IBCLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   Examines whether breast pumps are necessary. Some mothers cannot let down for a pump and will produce only a measly few drops, when in reality they have a good milk supply. Big seller Worldwide, sales of breast pumps are currently estimated to have reached 5.5 million units, with Europe and America accounting for 78% of the world breast...

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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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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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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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My Postpartum Depression Mothers' Stories

Hanny Ghazi, Paris, France My husband and I finally conceived a baby a year after our wedding. We were very excited. I have always loved children and for five years had worked as a preschool teacher in my hometown, Bogota, where the mothers of my students told me what a great mom I would be. I answered that I hoped one day to be blessed by...

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