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Rob Mank Features

James J. McKenna, Ph.D, IN, USA Photo: Rob Mank A conceptual model of the biological origins of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and colic: is the human infant’s susceptibility to either SIDS or colic due to our species’ unique breathing control system that is necessary for speech? Part 1  It’s a frustrating and helpless experience for any parent to experience a child’s suffering from inconsolable crying...

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Charlotte Southren Mothers' Stories

Sarah Mason, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand Photo: Charlotte Southren   The first time Logan latched on to nurse was just ten minutes after his birth and that was the most magical moment for me. I am so grateful for being able to breastfeed and give my baby the best start in life. Every night is a bit of a challenge because we never know if Logan will...

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Never Let Me Go Features

Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Destiny Tillery   I’ve just woken up from the all-night feed. My toddler is two years old and loves breastfeeding now as much as he ever did. Some days he feeds only once or twice, other days he never seems to be doing anything else. I’m fine in the days. But at night it sometimes becomes wearing and I wake...

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Overthinking Mothers' Stories

Robin Freyberg, New York, USA I’m an overthinker. I always have been. Decisions that people would make easily or momentarily will often take me days, weeks, or months to agonize over. We won’t go into the seemingly never-ending analysis required to purchase a leather jacket. So, imagine the minefield that is parenting. When my first child, my daughter, was born, my capacity to overthink matters...

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Why Breastfeeding Is Good for Mothers’ Mental Health Features

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA Photo: Scheyer Vandleta Tyrell and Ahja by Robert Zuill New research shows how breastfeeding lowers mothers’ risk of depression, helps them get more sleep, and overcome past adversity. Each year, hundreds of thousands of mothers worldwide become depressed after giving birth. Professionals are more aware of the existence of depression as an illness than they ever have been, and that’s been a...

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Let Go! Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: At First Sight Birth Photography Mother’s Situation Let go! My nine-month-old son will only fall asleep if I am breastfeeding him, day and night. For daytime naps, I have to lie down with him, and if I try to get up he immediately awakens and starts to fuss until I lie down with him again. At night it is the same story,...

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Nights Mothers' Stories

Beth Wickenden, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK   I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I was expecting … perhaps a doll, certainly not a wailing, nipple-blistering, scrunched-up little being that I was nevertheless meant to adore. Yet adore him I would. His was a long and traumatic entry into our world, far removed from my idyllic home-birth plan. Our bonding was not automatic....

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Weaver Features

Updated November 2016 Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman Photo: Weaver by Lisa on Location Photography   Excerpted from Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, Chapter 2: The Safe Sleep Seven, by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman, a La Leche League International book, Ballantine Books, 2014. Wah! Wah! Wah! Drag yourself out of your...

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