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Valarie Molstre Mothers' Stories

Valarie Molstre, Fargo, North Dakota, USA Getting through chemotherapy and breastfeeding my baby. Today my son and I overcame a huge obstacle in our journey. He breastfed for the first time. At 28 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My cancer was stage 2, grade 3, and triple negative—that means it was very aggressive. The doctors decided to start chemotherapy while I was...

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Eating Well during Pregnancy: Coping with Morning Sickness Nausea What's Cooking?

Katja Leccisi, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada Morning sickness nausea Most women have some “morning sickness” during their first trimester of pregnancy, and it can be really unpleasant. Getting up in the morning to go to work or to care for other children can be torture, as you battle waves of nausea. And for some of us, the nausea is not limited to mornings, so days can feel...

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Evolution of a Breastfeeding Mother Mothers' Stories

Diana West, BA, IBCLC, Long Valley, New Jersey, USA  Français Mothering after breast reduction surgery When I became pregnant for the first time, the one thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to breastfeed. I’d had breast reduction surgery and my surgeon had said it wasn’t possible. At the time of my surgery when I was 25 years old, there was no...

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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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Recovery from an Eating Disorder Mothers' Stories

Sara Sites, Pittsburgh, PA, USA   This is my journey recovering from an eating disorder. From about the age of 12, I’ve struggled with food. I don’t remember a time before food and body image-centered thoughts didn’t occupy my brain. For years, I treated myself badly and wanted my life to be over. But I found light at the end of the tunnel. I know women...

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Alcohol and Breastfeeding Features

Updated May 2016 Carlos González, Spain Photo: Shutterstock.com / Dima Sobko Excerpt from Breastfeeding Made Easy by Carlos González Pinter & Martin Alcohol and breastfeeding Alcohol passes easily and quickly from the mother’s blood into her milk and vice versa, so that the concentration in both liquids is the same. The milk/plasma ratio is 1. In Spain, the legal alcohol limit for driving is 0.5g per...

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The Birth-Breastfeeding Connection Features

Updated January 2016 Photo: Deborah Faye Rhodes courtesy of Nic McNamara All your decisions will make a difference in how easily breastfeeding happens. The birth-breastfeeding connection Excerpted from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition, Schaumburg, IL: LLLI, 2010, pages 50, 52. Pick a mammal, any mammal, and imagine it giving birth the way we do. Let’s say you take your laboring dog to a strange place with...

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