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Wedding Invitation. No Children! Mom to Mom

Photo: Anna Bondarieva Mother’s situation: Wedding Invitation. No children! My best friend from school days is getting married and has invited me and my husband to her wedding. The invitation, however, is not extended to my six-month-old son. In fact, children are expressly excluded, with mention of babysitters at the nearby hotel. My son is still breastfeeding frequently and I’m not at all happy at the idea of...

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Chantal Jura Features

Leigh Anne O’Connor, New York, NY, USA Photo: Chantal Jura   Employment outside the home is one of the biggest barriers to breastfeeding. Is working when breastfeeding even possible? Yes. But there are strategies and lifestyle decisions to consider. Working & breastfeeding I never met Kerry in person. We had one of those LLL Leader-mom phone relationships. Kerry initially called me with a few basic questions about breastfeeding her newborn. She...

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Cleft Lip and Palate Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Rachel Morgan, Cottonwood, Arizona, USA I was shocked when the nurse quietly told me, “He has a cleft lip and palate, but he’s beautiful.” Breastfeeding my first child was easy. I had a great milk supply, her latch was perfect, and I had a ton of support from my local La Leche League. When I became pregnant with my second child, I imagined it would...

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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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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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Growing Powerful Mothers' Stories

Christina Marie Perez, San Antonio, TX, USA Photo: Eikonicdesign   Lack of support At the age of 19, I gave birth to my first son, Adrian. Though my mother, aunts, and sister-in-laws had never breastfeed, I wanted to do so. My son had difficulty latching on and the nurses recommended supplementing with formula before we’d even left the hospital. Because of a lack of support...

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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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The Power of Hand Expression Features

 Diana West, BA, IBCLC Hand expression I was a new mother struggling with low milk production and a baby who wouldn’t nurse when the first effective “consumer grade” breast pumps were invented. I’d been renting a hospital-grade pump to remove my milk, but the idea of owning a good quality pump that was more portable enticed me to buy a double-sided electrical model. It looked...

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