Halton Baby Friendly Initiative

Breast Feeding Premature Twins

By: Jennifer Pearce When we found out that we were expecting our first child, my husband I and started reading everything we could on how to care for a child. During this research, I made the decision to nurse our baby for at least the first year. Then during our first ultrasound this decision was challenged when the technician told us that we were having TWINS! After the initial shock wore off, I started reading everything I could find on caring for twins. Most books […]

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Breastfeeding Beyond 2 Years

by Rebecca Charron I gave birth to my first child, a son in August 2009, and planned on breastfeeding him at least until 6 months. I planned to re-evaluate at that point, decide to go on or not and then re-evaluate again at a year. To my surprise, these re-evaluations have led me to me breastfeeding through his first, and even beyond his second birthday. I had numerous reasons for deciding to breastfeed ahead of time but found little support from either my prenatal class […]

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Being the Dad of a Breastfed Baby

Well, here we were. After 9 months of waiting it was about to happen, but things weren’t going according to plan. Following a long unprogressive labour, we were taken into the operating theatre for a C-section. I had never really thought about feeding a baby and had only really known babies to bottle fed. So it was great that my wife and I had discussed how our baby was going to be fed. I knew she intended to try hard to breastfeeding and I supported […]

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Breast Feeding our Adopted Preemie

By: Annette Cooper The phone rang on a Sunday afternoon. “Your baby has come a month early”, our doctor announced. We were so thankful to have a fully supportive OB/GYN who knew how important it was for me to breast feed our adopted baby girl. He arranged for us to pick Rachelle up early from the hospital, as she weighed under 5 pounds. He said: “When you come, don’t tell the nurses you are going to breast feed her, because they may not let you […]

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Breast Feeding after Breast Cancer

By: Renee Cooper Skidmore It’s Christmas season 2003, and I’m distracted by a lump in my breast. My doctor had told me from an ultrasound a year earlier that it was just a fibroid, but a recent biopsy showed that it was in fact cancer. I was a single mom going through a divorce, and had recently been laid off from my job. A couple weeks after my diagnosis, I had a partial mastectomy, followed by 8 months of chemo and radiation. It was a very long […]

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Overcoming a Low-Milk Supply

My breastfeeding success was accepting that I am a breastfeeding mother, even if it means using a lactation aid. The day I realized this, was one of those little “aha” moments. After 3-months of trying everything under the sun to increase my milk supply (and believe me I tried it all) – I dumped out all the pills, herbs and strange concoctions and returned my breast-pump. I felt empowered. I realized that I had been obsessed solely with obtaining the milk, rather than enjoying the […]

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Getting Off to a Good Start

My Breastfeeding experience: powerful and positive by Hilary Walker Breastfeeding my son has been a wonderful experience. He’s now 3 months old and I knew even before he was conceived that that my goal would be to breastfeed him exclusively, which is what I’ve done. My pregnancy was uneventful; labour started when my water broke when I was 38 weeks along. I didn’t get a contraction until almost 16 hours later and then they came on fast and strong. After 3 hours of contractions, we […]

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