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Living on Thin Air Mom to Mom

Photo: Nylan Tyrrell by Sterlin Swan   Mother’s situation: Living on thin air My daughter is 18 months, and though she’ll eat fruit and a few other foods, frequently a couple of days go by when she has eaten hardly any solid food. I am comfortable with her continued breastfeeding, and though she is petite, she is growing and energetic and our doctor says she’s healthy. Her...

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Still Breastfeeding? Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Alice Brinkman LJM Photography   Mother’s Situation Still breastfeeding? My son is 11 months old and breastfeeds happily day and night. I’m enjoying this time together and happy with how things are going. He’s reaching all his developmental milestones, is eating well and is healthy. My only difficulty is my mom and sister saying, “Why are you still doing that?!” They keep telling me...

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A Pharmacist’s Perspective Features

Sarah Witzel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Photo: Jen Barber & Daisy   Sarah shares a pharmacist’s perspective… If you look on the shelves of your local pharmacy, you will see that manufacturers’ claims that we need their products to keep our children healthy don’t stop at infant formula. There are many powders and beverages marketed at toddlers who are sick, “slow” growers, or simply picky eaters. They provide vitamins,...

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Should I Night Wean? Mom to Mom

Photo: Sweet Dreams Photography Mother’s situation: Should I night wean? My son is 18 months old and still wakes regularly every few hours throughout the night. He is settled, very quickly, by breastfeeding. It is not a huge problem for me when I am in bed, but I would like to have more time in the evening to spend with my husband, to go out...

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A Natural Weaning Mothers' Stories

Aravinda Pillalamarri, Mumbai, India & Harford County USA Photo: Ravi Kuchimanchi   It is over a year since my daughter last breastfed. She had a natural weaning over a period of about three months, as the gaps between nursings became longer and more frequent … and then I realized there was no longer a gap. She had stopped. One June day when I first noticed...

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Nipple Shields: New Insights Features

Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA Photo: Baby Hunter   If you’ve ever used a nipple shield—or know someone who has—you’ve probably received conflicting advice about its use. Most nipple shields are made of silicone and consist of a thin “brim” that covers all or part of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and a firmer, protruding “tip” that fits over the nipple. When a baby...

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