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Breastfeeding with Sore Nipples

In the first three to five days after birth, if you experience nipple soreness beyond a slight tenderness when your baby latches on, it may be a sign that something isn’t right with the baby’s latch, position, or suck. An adjustment to the latch or positioning can help you and your baby to be more comfortable. ... Read More

Inverted and Flat Nipples

Remember that babies BREASTfeed, not NIPPLEfeed. As long as your baby can take a good portion of your breast into their mouth (baby's mouth and gums should bypass the nipple entirely and latch on to the areola), most types of flat or inverted nipples will not cause problems with breastfeeding.... Read More

Book review
101 Boobilicious Moments

By Valentina Attanasio – BT Managing Editor Michelle F. Creeden, 101 Boobilicious Moments, Dorrance Publishing Co: Pittsburgh. 2018. ISBN 9781480958500. Paperback, 121 pages. Have you ever found yourself in a situation that you thought would only happen to you, only to discover that it happens to others too? And that the support of others in … Read More

Why I Chose LLL

Veronica Rohalevich, Mtein, Lebanon La Leche League came into my life when I was pregnant with my third daughter. Breastfeeding was always my main goal in nurturing and raising children, and I had wanted to breastfeed them with all my heart… However, I had two previous unsuccessful breastfeeding experiences with my older children due to … Read More

The Sisters of Mercy

By Diane Wiessinger – Ithaca, New York, USA I became a La Leche League (LLL) Leader in 1985 and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 1990. I know that both roles are important, and I know which one the world needs most. Years ago, my co-Leader, Pamela, and I led a La Leche … Read More

A Gift from Bianca:A Story of Grief and Love

(This article contains a real-life story and related emotions regarding infant loss, as experienced by a mother. Please be advised that this content could be upsetting to some.) By Valentina Attanasio, BT Associate Editor “I was walking barefoot in the grass, restless. She would never do the same, my little Bianca, and my eyes started … Read More

tiny baby hand holding mother's ring finger, mother's little finger curls over the top of baby's arm

Breastfeeding for HIV-Positive Mothers

Pamela Morrison IBCLC Originally published November 2014,  updated and republished with the express permission of the author. Recommendations from global health authorities endorse exclusive breastfeeding for all babies for the first six months of life and continued partial breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. (1) Yet it is commonly believed that the one … Read More

Birth Interventions

Teresa Pitman Originally published June 2013, republished with the express permission of the author. Ruth’s first baby was born in a hospital with a doctor she’d met only once before. During labor, the doctor became concerned that there was some meconium (the name given to the stool that the baby passes before birth) in the … Read More

Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding

Ayala Ochert, london, UK Originally published December 2015 Photo: Leilani Rogers A mother’s tale of Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding, a non-prescriptive approach that encourages mothers to breastfeed in a semi-reclined or laid back position. When I had my first child, Jacob, three and a half years ago, I was determined to breastfeed and prepared myself as well as I … Read More

Mommy Medals

Lisa Van Zyl, South Africa March 2018 marked our Groups’ first birthday in Alberton in the South of Johannesburg. To mark our birthday, a photographer from the local newspaper arrived at the end of the meeting to give us some local publicity. My co-Leader, myself and our children cut out printed coloured paper circles or … Read More