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Issue 32, November 2015

Where knowledge of breastfeeding has been lost, managing sore nipples, engorged breasts, blocked ducts, and mastitis can turn into a big problem often leading mothers to give up breastfeeding. Philippa Pearson-Glaze looks at solutions to some of the soreness, lumps, and bumps that a breastfeeding mother might suffer and tackles some common myths about mastitis.

What’s changed for mothers breastfeeding in public spaces during the past generation? Diane Wiessinger tells how it was when she breastfed a baby in public 35 years ago. Has much changed?

Is mothering not as special as people used to think? Is it obsolete? Naomi Stadlen examines the role of a “working” mother.

Take a look at ten things NOT to say to a breastfeeding mother.

Eileen Harrison examines whether “time out” is an effective method for disciplining children.

Merel van Goor den Held tells us about the enormous ecological footprint of infant formula.

There’s an excerpt from the new edition of Reaching For The Moon, a book to share with your young daughters, about The Gift of Your Sisters.

How have other mothers coped with the dilemma of an invitation that excludes their breastfeeding baby? Mothers share their varied experiences in Mom to Mom.

Mothers’ Stories are the heart of La Leche League and there are some really inspiring tales, including a few celebrating art in painting and photography.

“What’s Cooking?” provides sugar-free treats and a review of a new book, How to Feed Your Kids. A chance to get one of FIVE FREE COPIES!

There is a growing number of translations in Spanish, German, and French and don’t miss the videos in the BT Feed.

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Barbara Higham has been a La Leche League Leader since 2004 and is the managing editor of Breastfeeding Today. She lives in the spa town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, in the north of England with Simon and their children, Felix (17), Edgar (13), and Amelia (10).

November 2015 Contents


Engorgement and Mastitis: Smoothing Out The Bumps

Breastfeeding In Public Spaces

The Work of Mothering

Ten Things Not to Say to a Breastfeeding Mother

Time Out

Tiny Feet, Large Footprint

The Gift of Your Sisters (book excerpt)


Mom To Mom

Wedding Invitation. No Children!


Mothers’ Stories

Blocked Duct

The Milky Way Photography

Dad: “Please Feed the Baby!”

19-Day Nursing Strike

In the Still of the Night

Abscess & Breastfeeding

Discovering the Mother in Me

Neurosurgery Resident Breastfeeds

Celebrating Strong Mothers

Tricky Beginning

Breastfeeding Is Love

Letter to Support My Sister



Five Things I Discovered By Breastfeeding


La Lactancia Es Amor

What’s Cooking?

No Added Sugar

How To Feed Your Kids