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Alexia’s Story: The Realities of Breastfeeding Beyond One Year

Alexia DaSilva, Dartmouth, Massachusetts Breastfeeding past the first year of life is recommended by multiple health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations… Read More

Responding To Criticism

Marianne Vakiener, Virginia Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared in the July-August 1999 issue of New Beginnings (Vol. 16, No. 4) on pages 116-19. It has been updated and edited with the author’s permission. Several years… Read More

Holidays With Baby: Staying Connected

Travel. Out-of-town visitors. Unwelcome advice or opinions. Busy days away from home. The distractions of the holidays can lead to fewer nursing sessions and less time at the breast. This can mean a lower milk supply and sometimes even… Read More

Coping with Breastfeeding Criticism: Strategies for Responding Gracefully to Remarks from Family, Friends, and Strangers

Editor’s Note: The following information is originally from a handout at one of La Leche League of Greater St. Louis’ most requested conference sessions. Many families will be gathering together this week with family and friends, and there… Read More

Audrey’s Story: “My Breasts Work Just Fine At 40”

Audrey Grimaldi, Long Island, New York. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I looked around the room wondering, “Am I the oldest one in here? Are we the oldest couple here?” I didn’t really feel out… Read More

Shanice’s Story: Breastfeeding As A Teen Parent

Shanice Lewis, Derby, United Kingdom When was the first time I saw someone breastfeed? I don’t actually remember the very first time. It’s always been something that was normal, and my mum just did it. She breastfed six babies—the last… Read More

Fatimah’s Story (Part II): My Struggle

Fatimah Salman, RN, BSN, Lebanon Editor’s Note: In Part I of her story, Fatimah shared her difficult introduction to parenthood as her newborn son, Hadi, struggled to stay healthy and Fatimah fought to gain confidence and find breastfeeding support…. Read More

Fatimah’s Story (Part I): My Struggle

Fatimah Salman, RN, BSN, Lebanon Editor’s Note: In Part I of her story, Fatimah shares her difficult introduction to parenthood as her newborn son, Hadi, struggles to stay healthy and Fatimah fights to gain confidence and find breastfeeding support…. Read More

My Grandmother’s Breastfeeding Legacy: Never Give Up

Anna Friedman One of the most common questions I hear at the start of a La Leche League Series meeting is “Why did you decide to breastfeed?” For me, that’s an easy answer. My decision to breastfeed started… Read More

In My Arms Only

Lydia Cordova It didn’t happen overnight Although, I admit, So many times I wish it had. But no You would not, Could not fall asleep without being in my arms. But the dishes need to be done. But… Read More