It's Not Just About Breastfeeding

August 28, 2014 11:34 PM

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It's Not Just About Breastfeeding

In 1954, my grandmother left the hospital with zero education about breastfeeding. Of course she knew of the activity mothers were supposed to do, but within a day, not knowing what colostrum was, she decided she didn't have any milk, so she fed my mother formula and then started her on solids (baby cereal) at 3 days old.

Fast forward to the late '70s. My mother nursed me, but when faced with difficulties nursing my brother, she switched to formula the first week. She ended up with a terrible case of mastitis and several clogged ducts, and struggled with breast health until breast cancer took her life at the age of 5...

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