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Neurosurgery Resident Breastfeeds Mothers' Stories

Mary In-Ping Huang Cobb, MD, Durham, NC, USA Photo: Janae Marie Photography   I have chosen to write for Breastfeeding Today because of the commitment of LLLI to advancing breastfeeding around the world. Four months ago when I returned to work as a fourth-year neurosurgery resident after having a baby, I knew the odds of continuing to breastfeed were against me. I could barely find enough time to fulfill my...

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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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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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Staying Home Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Laura Brown by jvc photography   Mother’s Situation Staying home My baby is four months old and I am happily breastfeeding him after a tricky start. I have been fortunate to get six months maternity leave from my job but am feeling conflicted about whether or not I want to return to work at all. It had always been my intention to...

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Soapy Milk Features

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA Photo: Anderson Lane Photography.com Excerpted from the 2014 book from Praeclarus Press, Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA. When stored milk smells soapy or rancid Mothers store their expressed milk for many reasons. All of the mothers quoted here stored their milk in preparation for their return to work. But no matter what your situation, before amassing a...

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Back to Work Mom to Mom

Updated February 2016 Mothers’ Letters Photos: Jen Pan Photography   Mother’s situation: Back to work My daughter is four months old and I am going back to work shortly. She still nurses all day and refuses a pacifier. I have tried to introduce a bottle, first with formula and then, when she rejected that, with my expressed milk, but she would not take that either. I...

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Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) & Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Tinee Luparelli, Bermuda Photo: Courtesy Lena Ostroff   Tinee believes that breastfeeding her ailing daughter gave her the best possible start in life. Gianna was born with a rare congenital neurological and skin disorder known as Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) and Nevus of Ota (NoO) (a blue hyperpigmentation that presents on the face). I had never heard of Sturge Weber Syndrome or Nevus of Ota, but...

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