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Important Lessons

Debbie Nelson
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 18 No. 1, January-February 2001, p. 13

When I snapped a picture of my 23-month-old daughter, Leah, "breastfeeding" her baby doll, it made me realize how important our example is to our children and to the success of breastfeeding. My mother set that example for me and, when I was expecting my first child, offered the suggestion of seeking support through La Leche League as she had done in the past. Now that I am a full-time mother and tandem nursing my two-year-old and four-month-old daughters, I can really appreciate my mother's influence and the support I receive at La Leche League Series Meetings from other mothers who have done the same.

How wonderful it is that my daughter is learning how to "best feed" her baby, even at this age and amidst increased advertising of bottle-feeding. It is a wonderful gift that we are exposing our children to breastfeeding as the norm. They may also go on to do the same if they are blessed with children someday.

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