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This is such a touching story. I cried. It just goes to show how one person can really make a difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br><a href="http://obnurse35yrs.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/hospital-roomate-discussion-on-breastfeeding/" target="_blank">http://obnurse35yrs.wordpress.com/20...breastfeeding/</a>
 

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This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thank you so much for posting this! That was positive, affirming, respectful lactivism at its best!
 

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This is nice to read, especially after getting emotionally aggravated after a brief encounter in public with a woman I barely know, but who had a daughter 6 months before I had my homebirthed son... the woman is from Germany and speaks with a heavy accent, yet is totally Americanized, and is weirded out that I still nurse my son at 2 1/2, because she weaned her daughter to formula at 3 months, with her doctor's blessing and assurances that breastmilk past 3 months of age is not nutritionally necessary.<br>
I usually don't try to change people when it comes to this topic because I can't keep my own emotions out of it, but was in a bad mood that day, and left with the comment, "Then it's a good thing you weren't talking to a European doctor, because they know that breastmilk for the first year is vital to normal health and brain development."<br><br>
She said something to my back, but I was too mad to even turn around. And that's odd because I usually accept with some philosophical understanding of boundaries, that there are a lot of people who don't nurse, and even go out of their way to avoid nurturing, their infants, and I can't change that. I was mad because there are still doctors in the USA spouting such garbage to unsuspecting mothers who then believe them.<br>
Yes, babies usually -but not always- survive on formula. But their health is always going to be less than it would have been if they had been breastfed, all other things being equal. And in most ways, mothers would stop at nothing to see to it that their babies have every chance to not just barely make it, but to thrive... except in the bottle culture, where they make a mental skip past breastfeeding.<br><br>
I just bit my tongue and did not continue with some diatribe like "Well I am sorry your doctor is full of S__t. But they often are when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and mother/child care!" But I sure thought it, and chewed on it the rest of the day.
 

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Thanks for sharing! That really brought tears to my eyes!
 

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I couldn't agree more! Such a delight to read. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Isn't it awesome? I'm so happy to have found the link.
 

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I shared it on my FB and have gotten such a positive response!
 

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It was, absolutely!!<br>
Thanks for sharing this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">!
 

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I am the author of this post about the overheard conversation BF vs FF moms in the hospital room. I wanted to thank you all so much for the overwhelming sharing and positive response received here at MDC!!<br>
It was an incredible moment for me during an incredibly busy day! I am so so glad to have witnessed the exchange, learned from them, took the time to spend with that mom and happy for the positive beginning breastfeeding relationship that ensued.<br>
It could have gone the other way...<br>
I am so happy it didn't!<br><br>
Thanks again!<br>
StorkStories
 

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Thanks so much for sharing StorkStories. I found it through Breastfeeding Means Business's facebook page. Your story def got around, and I'm so thankful it did. It brought me to tears and was so uplifting. Thank you again for writing.
 

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Awww, that was really cute. It made me miss BFing my son. Those moments cuddled up with him nursing are some of my favorite memories...nothing like having my little guy snuggled next to me and knowing that I'm able to provide all that he needs, both nutritionally and through the bonding experience. It is like magic how it all works!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Loved it!
 

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Welcome to MDC, StorkStories! Have a seat and stay awhile, won't you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome!<br>
I appreciate all the positive feedback from this story!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">
 

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“You are good mother learning this for baby. You feel better yes? I help- if you need- I help”<br><br>
this is what it is all about! encouraging the nervous first timers, telling them they CAN do it, and being there with our BTDT's when needed. there goes my eyeliner! LOL
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> What a heartwarming story!
 

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Wow-- I really liked that story. Made me grin big-time.
 
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