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Premature Baby, Breastfeeding Toddler Mothers' Stories

Caroline van Nierop, Curaçao, Netherlands, Antilles   My premature baby My daughter, Mare, who is almost three years old now, is still enjoying “mama-drinking” a few times a day (and night). Who could have imagined this, knowing the difficult start she had? At 27 weeks into my pregnancy my water broke and I was confined to hospital. At 32 weeks my baby was born, weighing...

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at the grand opening of the New York Milk Bank Features

The New York Milk Bank, New York, USA Photos: Justin Chauncey Photography The New York Milk Bank is now supplying pasteurized donor human milk to infants in need.  On September 21, 2016, The New York Milk Bank, a nonprofit in Westchester County, NY, USA, opened as the first and only comprehensive, community-based milk bank in New York State. The milk bank is committed to increasing availability and...

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Vulnerable Pretoria Baby gets Skin to Skin Mothers' Stories

‎Anet Henrico‎, Pretoria, South Africa How Anet is helping a vulnerable Pretoria baby. Recently, I went to Abba House Baby Shelter to drop off some baby clothes. The facility provides support to orphans and other vulnerable children to ensure that they have shelter, clothing, food to eat, and that their basic needs are met. While I was speaking to the house mother, she mentioned that they have...

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Breast Milk and the Strong Immune System Mothers' Stories

Jamie Morea, Henderson, Nevada, USA   Breast milk and the strong immune system “No matter what, start hand expressing within an hour or two after birth to tell your body to make milk.” When you are pregnant a lot of people give you advice. It was this piece of advice that I especially appreciated. You see, my water broke at 27 ½ weeks while we were vacationing...

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Breastfeeding Premature Babies Features

Updated June 15 2016 Teresa Pitman Photo: Austin Smith courtesy of Lena Ostroff   Breastfeeding premature babies: how it promotes better health, but rarely happens. What helps mothers who want to breastfeed a premature baby? About ten years ago, I was writing an article for a magazine about breastfeeding a premature baby. I contacted the pediatrician who was overseeing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a large...

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From Bottle to Breast Mothers' Stories

Molly Weber, Dubuque, Iowa USA I was eight when my little sister was born and I remember vividly being appalled by my mom breastfeeding her. It was gross, weird, and, from an eight-year-old’s perspective, something, frankly, that took too much of my mother’s time and attention—time and attention she was not giving to me. Fast forward 18 years to when my son was born five...

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It Takes a Village Mothers' Stories

Lindsay Gibson, Randburg, South Africa   The Swahili saying “It takes more than one hand to nurse a child” is even more appropriate than the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” My story involved many helpers. My husband and I were happily preparing for the birth of our precious baby. When I started having pains at 29 weeks, I was convinced it was...

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Premature Birth and the Virtual Breastfeeding Culture Features

Updated February 2016 Lara Audelo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Photo: Krista Premature birth, that which occurs before a baby is 37 weeks gestation, can occur even if a mother does “everything right.” Nearly one out of every eight babies is born prematurely, so it is something that we should really be aware of; if you did not have a premature baby, you probably know someone...

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