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Read, Read, Read

By Linda Picot
Terrace BC, Canada
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 17 No. 6, November-December 2000, p. 210

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My first daughter was born five years ago. I had always planned on breastfeeding but never expected the problems I encountered. I quit trying after three days of crying through every attempt at nursing. I didn't know anyone else who had so much trouble with breastfeeding and assumed I just couldn't do it.

A few years later, I met a woman, an LLL leader, who became my friend. When I became pregnant again and asked how to prepare myself for breastfeeding she said, "Read, read, read!" I suppose I was expecting verbal advice about preparing my breasts, so I was a bit discouraged by her response. Nevertheless, I borrowed a copy of the WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING and a stack of back issues of NEW BEGINNINGS and I read, read, read. I'm thankful I did. With each chapter of the book and each article in the magazines, I became more and more determined to breastfeed and more confident that I could.

It seemed like a slow process for us, but I found encouragement from the many articles and letters I'd read in your magazine about women overcoming difficulties. I knew if I kept trying, we'd get it right. Suddenly, one day, I brought my daughter to my breast and it didn't hurt me! I nearly cried with relief! I was so happy, and my daughter was so contented. She is only three months old now, and I am looking forward to a long and happy breastfeeding relationship with her. I wanted to say "thank you" to NEW BEGINNINGS for the stories that helped me to persevere.

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