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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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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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Marathon Mother Mothers' Stories

Muireann Maguire, Cambridge, UK   Every breastfeeding story is a journey… Here are 26.2 miles of mine! I started running marathons just before turning 30. When I became pregnant two years later I was training for my fifth. I run to challenge myself rather than for charity or for speed, so I tend to choose obscure off-road races rather than high-profile city marathons. Training went...

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Liquid Gold for My Premature Baby Mothers' Stories

Julia Lehman Caldwell, N Hubbard, WI, USA   Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. I spent the summer in a dark room, barely large enough to hold a sink, a rocking chair, and the whooshing machine: a canary-yellow cylinder perched on a three-foot pole. Just outside the door was a chilled, sanitized world: a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where tiny, premature babies slept on pods of white...

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Nipple Shields: New Insights Features

Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA Photo: Baby Hunter   If you’ve ever used a nipple shield—or know someone who has—you’ve probably received conflicting advice about its use. Most nipple shields are made of silicone and consist of a thin “brim” that covers all or part of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and a firmer, protruding “tip” that fits over the nipple. When a baby...

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