When my daughter, Pari — my very first child — was born, I was 47 years old, and literally had not a single drop of breastmilk. At the only Baby-Friendly Hospital in Tokyo, my hometown, I tried day and night to breastfeed my little baby, with support from the nurses. No success.
In honor of Mother's Day, here are five moms who fought to provide the best for their children. Locke shared her story on Facebook, and the post quickly soared to 64, likes and 16, shares. Even better, the museum reached out to apologize and is now working to educate businesses all over Cleveland about how to support other breastfeeding moms.
On Thanksgiving Day my boyfriend walked out the door. Our daughter was seven months old, and I'll never know for sure what put him over the edge. He was bipolar.
Mum-of-four Sharon Spink insisted feeding daughter Charlotte into primary school was completely normal and has cemented a lifelong bond between them. She said despite doing it for almost a decade she is happy the schoolgirl made her own decision to stop back in September. And despite facing a backlash from critics who have accused her of child abuse, Sharon, 50, wants to break down the stigma around breastfeeding older children — believing there are many mums out there doing it.
I pumped eight times per day as I was told by the doctors and nurses, and soon I discovered that I had what I consider a gift from God: tons and tons of breast milk! Each extraction would be about two-three oz per breast, per session! Leaving me with about oz a day!
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And there will undoubtedly be a lot of articles written about the benefits, challenges and hard-hitting facts of latching and lactating. But what about laughing? As any nursing mum knows, breastfeeding can also come with a few lols. I was still nervous breastfeeding in public so I used their lovely feeding room where the baby fed nicely, winded well and I went back out happily.
Mother-of-two Denise Sumpter will breastfeed her daughter Belle when she's tired, ill or needs comforting. But Belle is a little older than the World Health Organisation's guideline of up to two years. At almost seven, Belle is still feeding with her mother's milk up to twice a day - sometimes at the same time as her month-old brother Beau.
These celebs hope to create awareness among mothers about breastfeeding with their 'brelfies'. Troian Bellisario from Pretty Little Liars put up an impressive post about breastfeeding, only to the delight of her followers and moms across the world. It's so painful,' she candidly admitted in the post.