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Positioning: A New Perspective

Mary Francell, Atlanta, Georgia, USA When I first became an LLL Leader over 20 years ago, I was told that breastfeeding is a learned behavior. This always struck me as a little odd. After all, aren’t we mammals? Other mammal babies seem to know what to do. Not surprisingly, it turns out that human babies … Read More

Reaching Out

  Dawn Tucker, Uzbekistan & Florida, USA I live in Uzbekistan, but flew back to my home in Florida to have my baby girl, Josephine, and to be near friends and family. We stayed for three months: six weeks before and six weeks after the birth before returning to Uzbekistan. Reaching out to La Leche League Since I’d … Read More

Beruhigungssauger: ihr Einfluss auf das Stillen

Mütter von La Leche Liga Großbritannien und USA Übersetzt von Anja Harnisch, Österreich Fotos: Suzie Blake Der Zusammenhang zwischen Babys und Beruhigungssaugern Beruhigungssauger (auch “Schnuller” oder “Nucki” genannt) sind, laut verbreiteter Annahme, ein wesentlicher Teil der Babyausrüstung. Es gibt einen starken kulturellen Zusammenhang zwischen Babys und Beruhigungssaugern. Überlegen wir einmal, wie häufig Beruhigungssauger in Illustrationen auf … Read More

Newborn Weight Loss: Getting Back on Track

  Vanessa Pinto, Sag Harbor, New York, USA Newborn weight loss: getting back on track with breastfeeding. None of the mothers in my family or my husband’s had ever breastfed. They disapproved of my desire to do so, explaining that it was too exhausting and telling me stories of women they knew who had tried and … Read More

Comunicándote con tu maravilloso infante

Pinky McKay, IBCLC, Australia Traducido por Silvana Prato, Lima, Perú Fotos: Christina Simantiri Esos tiernos meses de acurrucar a tu pequeño e indefenso bebé en tus brazos se pasaron volando, ¿cierto? Ahora tienes a una enérgica personita que se mueve más rápido de lo que puedes seguir, mientras explora y descubre cómo funciona su cuerpo, … Read More

A Labor of Love (Two Births)

  Amy Denton, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, UK Isaac’s birth was traumatic. My labor started when I got up to pee at 3 am with my water breaking. Contractions became gradually more intense until 8 am, when they stopped altogether. On reaching hospital I was a couple of centimeters dilated and meconium was detected. A drip, which took a … Read More

Asking about Childbirth Interventions

Tova Ovits, Brooklyn, New York, USA Originally printed in Leaven Issue 2, 2014. “Hello? Yes, this is La Leche League. How can I . . . ? Mmm hmmm. Yes. Wow. Sounds really painful! Let’s start from the beginning. Can you tell me a little about your labor and delivery?” This seemingly unrelated question does more than … Read More

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Islamic and Cultural Practices in Breastfeeding

SHAHEDA YASHMIN, CLAPHAM, GREAT BRITAIN FRANÇAIS TÜRKÇE Breastfeeding is important to me for several reasons. One reason is my religion. As a Muslim parent, I always try to follow Islamic guidelines and I was fascinated to discover breastfeeding is mentioned in the Quran1 (Islam’s holy book). As I read more about Islam and breastfeeding, I came … Read More

Breast Milk’s Circadian Rhythms

BRIANA TILLMAN, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA PHOTO:SHUTTERSTOCK/LEONID AND ANNA DEDUKH Human milk’s complex adaptations are amazing. Breast milk undergoes biochemical changes during a feeding; the consistency develops visually over the course of a pumping session from watery foremilk to creamier hindmilk. Human milk also has the ability to provide for an infant’s changing nutritional needs … Read More

Breast Milk’s Circadian Rhythms

Briana Tillman, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Photo:Shutterstock/Leonid and Anna Dedukh Human milk’s complex adaptations are amazing. Breast milk undergoes biochemical changes during a feeding; the consistency develops visually over the course of a pumping session from watery foremilk to creamier hindmilk. Human milk also has the ability to provide for an infant’s changing nutritional needs … Read More