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Anna Bondarieva Mom to Mom

Letters Photos: Anna Bondarieva Mother’s situation: Putting a stop to breastfeeding: gentle toddler weaning I am ready to stop breastfeeding my 18-month-old son, but how? He still nurses a fair amount day and night but I want my body back. Please can you share gentle ways to get him to give up this habit because I do not want to make him unhappy?   Response...

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Cry It Out Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Eikonicdesign Mother’s Situation Cry It Out My baby won’t go to sleep at night without me. Breastfeeding always works well to settle him and is a nice way to end each day, but I am worried that it is becoming a bad habit that we’ll never break. I am hearing a lot of advice from friends and family that he needs to...

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Is Breast Always Best? Features

Ellen Kamman, Johannesburg, South Africa Photo: Kristen Watts by Jade Beall Photography   When facing difficult decisions is breast always best? Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs. There is plenty of evidence showing that babies who receive human milk have better short term and long term health outcomes than babies who receive alternative infant foods. At La Leche...

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Breastfeeding through a Broken Marriage Features

Naturaleza Moore, M.A., Mount Prospect, IL, USA Naturaleza Moore Photo by SAMAiMAGING   Broken Marriage In what seemed like the blink of an eye, my family went from poster of perfection to order of protection. The stress was compounded by not having income to support a toddler, as well as a breastfeeding, not-quite two-year-old, and myself. As any breastfeeding mother knows, change makes a baby...

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Weaning Gently: Outgrowing the Need Features

Updated May 2 2016 Teresa Pitman Photo by: Leilani Rogers As my daughter Lisa’s fourth birthday approached, I thought it might be a good time to talk to her about weaning. I was still nursing both Lisa and her little brother (who was 18 months old) and I knew other people had persuaded their children to wean on birthdays or for “weaning parties.” I knew it...

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Gentle Weaning: Breastfeeding “Forever” Features

Barbara Higham, West Yorkshire, UK Photo: Liesl Marelli   Early weaning While the prevalent cultural attitude in many countries now is toward weaning babies early, during most periods of history and in most parts of the world babies have been breastfed for years rather than months (Mead & Newton 19671). A breastfed baby depends on his mother for both food and comfort and in societies that...

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A Child’s Perspective Features

Amelia (aged 9) Photo: Amelia   My daughter wrote this to tell me her thoughts on breastfeeding and she asked me to share it in Breastfeeding Today. I can’t recall her last feed. Nursing was something that tailed off so gradually over three or four years I didn’t even notice it draw to a conclusion (Amelia’s mum). From a child’s perspective I was breastfed until I...

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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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