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    Some moms have a hard time overcoming a stubborn propensity for low breast milk supply. They might just be suffering from mammary hypoplasia. Also known as Insufficient Glandular Tissue, hypoplasia is a rare condition that can cause low or even no breast milk production. This condition...
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    In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we acknowledge all of the not-so-expected ways in which breastfeeding changes your life. Related: 15 Breastfeeding Traditions From Around the World It may be the sudden alteration in hormones, the complete and utter exhaustion, or the biological desire to...
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    Is it just your imagination that your newborn baby refuses to breastfeed on one side? It's not your imagination. It just may be torticollis. My second baby only ever breastfed on one side. Later on, she developed a flat spot on one side of her head. It wasn't because she was never held, but...
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    Getting breastfeeding going is hard enough without throwing the holidays into the mix. Bringing home a new baby this time of the year may add to the joy of the season, but be careful to balance the merriment with downtime to ring in the new year with breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding, like...
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    The first time I sat down with my oncologist, he gave me bad news: The cancer was very rare. It was highly aggressive. My only chance of survival was a year long clinical trial of experimental chemotherapy, and weeks of radiation. I was prepared for this news, but not what followed: There...
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    We recently asked the Mothering community to share kids' books that depict breastfeeding and were thrilled by the response. We could not include all of the wonderful suggestions here, but we have pulled out the top 25 most highly recommended with some comments from those who suggested them. Some...
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    Fifteen years ago I became a mother for the first time, and my breastfeeding journey began. Through the birth of five children, and with a few little breaks between babies, I have now actually breastfed for twelve years. And now this journey seems to be at its end. I have breastfed in trains...
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    There seems to be almost constant drama in the online community concerning nursing-in-public, covering, Facebook rules and deleted pictures, disgruntled Target employees and offended nursing mothers asked to leave. In response there is outrage, well-shared nursing pictures of various degrees of...
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    Dare I say it? Birthing naturally gives you a head start on the breastfeeding relationship. There, I said it. Feels good to get it out of my system. Are there home birthing moms who never are able to successfully breastfeed? Of course. Are there moms who have had c-sections who have nursed...
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    There are so many different mothers and children and so many different situations and lifestyles and choices and preferences that it is quite difficult to make any generalities about mothering. What might be right for one wealthy mother with a host of nannies in Beverly Hills is oftentimes...
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    Not everyone knows this about me: I'm still nursing my boy. He turned three over the summer. I'm not embarrassed by this fact. In fact, I take a page from my son's book and don't really see it as a big deal. It's just something that we both still enjoy. We snuggle. It calms him when he's upset...
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    It's National Breastfeeding Month and this year is bittersweet for me. I began breastfeeding my first child 7 years ago. Three children and 66 months of successful breastfeeding later, I am approaching the close of one of the most significant chapters of my life. I had never considered the...
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    Hello everyone! I am excited to share some of my experiences as a full-term breastfeeding single mother, and to let you know about an amazing opportunity to be part of a breastfeeding revolution video summit! During my pregnancy I read quite a lot about breastfeeding and formula, and I knew...
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    I sat down on the couch today, and I pumped milk. It has been nearly a month since I started having stomach problems that required multiple trips to the ER and many, many doses of pain medications as well as quite a few other medications that are not recommended while nursing. I have battled...
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    Don't get me wrong -- I'm a huge fan of breastfeeding. I devote swaths of print in Parenting for Peace to the reasons and ways it contributes to raising a peaceful (i.e., empathic, innovative, flexible, self-regulating, and yes, intelligent) generation. But I frankly get annoyed when media...
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    Welcome to Mothering's 1st Annual "Blog about Breastfeeding" Event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week Aug 1st-7th! This event has ended--you can find a list of all participating blog posts and winners right here. Thanks for taking part everyone! Support breastfeeding by posting your...
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    We know that breastfeeding is one of the most important parts of the new mama and baby attachment process, and we're always on the lookout for products that help ease that transition. The Boppy Pillow is a longtime favorite of Mothering moms looking for a nursing aid. As part of our Mothering...
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    As a breastfeeding mama, having searing pains radiating throughout your breast is every mama's worst nightmare. Unfortunately it is quite common. This type of pain is often caused by a breast inflammation from a plugged duct or milk bleb. Luckily with proper diagnosis, there are some easy and...
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    Author Ray Bradbury pointed out, chillingly, "You don't need to burn books to destroy a culture -- just get people to stop reading them." Similarly, you don't need to actually ban nursing to decrease the incidence of breastfeeding -- just make it more and more difficult to do. The ways our...
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