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Looking Back: A Problem Resolved

Mrs. Marvin P. Dixon, Liberty, Missouri Originally published in the January/February 1970 La Leche League News. Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in… Read More

Finley’s Story: Battling HRSV

Kendra Guyer, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. I specifically remember talking about the “negatives” of breastfeeding when I was in high school. I had heard that it would change my nipples and my breasts, and I wouldn’t want that. I am… Read More

My Birth Story: Lucy’s Early Arrival

Melissa Bair, Columbus, Ohio When I was pregnant with my first daughter, we lived in Wisconsin. We were planning on moving to Ohio when I would have been 34 weeks. We had everything set up: a doctor and… Read More

Nursing a Baby with a Colostomy

Melanie Johnson, Minnesota I became a mother on October 8, 2004, when my first child—a son—was born. My first breastfeeding experience was challenging. I met with a number of lactation consultants and exclusively pumped for six months. My… Read More

A Look Back: A Whole New Way of Life

By Marian Tompson, co-Founder of La Leche League International Originally published in January/February 1981 La Leche League News Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The… Read More

Learning to Love Nighttime Parenting

By Jean Merrill, Maryland As mothers, we know what it feels like to be woken yet again by our babies at 4 a.m., realizing that the last sweet hours of restful darkness are almost over. This wake-up call… Read More

Falling for Falafel

By Kendra Atkins-Boyce, Portland, Oregon I switched to a gluten-free diet a few months ago in an attempt to deal with the inflammation that makes my fibromyalgia flares worse. As an ovo-lacto vegetarian, a lot of foods were… Read More

A Look Back: A Nursing Strike

By Mary Cannella, Illinois Originally published in March/April 1983 La Leche League News Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name was changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued… Read More

Traveling with a Breastfed Baby

By Ashley Smith, Deatsville, Alabama Around this time last year, my husband and I were packing innumerable bags and loading the car for our first trip away from home as a family of three. I toiled over the… Read More

What Breastfeeding Taught Me about being a Mother

By Kendra Atkins-Boyce, Portland, Oregon It’s been almost three years since the breastfeeding relationship with my daughter came to an end. Looking back, I realize that breastfeeding, especially with the hurdles and struggles I dealt with, prepared me… Read More