Some choose not to continue if they struggle - or if they simply prefer to bottlefeed. Breastfeeding is rarely out of the news due to controversial tales of mums being told to cover up or even banned from public places. Women have also made headlines for breastfeeding children past an age which is generally considered 'the norm'.
Alisha Newman, 34, of Oklahoma City, has been charged with one count each of physical child abuse, recklessly causing great bodily harm and child neglect. Newman allegedly faked her daughter's medical records in numerous states, resulting in numerous invasive treatments that left the girl with a pacemaker on her heart, a port to receive IV fluids and a feeding tube. Prosecutors say Newman's actions left the girl gravely-ill, prompting Newman to take her to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on May 7.
From latching to weaning, the journey is full of tremendous highs and paralyzing lows. But one woman is hoping to shed light on this very personal experience. Blogger and influencer Maya Vorderstrasse recently shared a pair of breastfeeding before-and-after photos that capture all the joy, pride, sadness and pain. The photos, which were posted on Instagram, show the first and last time Vorderstrasse nursed her daughter.
Photographer Tara Ruby is working on a photoseries of women balancing motherhood with their careers. After her photo of active duty military moms breastfeeding their babies went viral in September, photographer Tara Ruby had women from all over the globe reaching out to her about how much they connected with the picture. Then Ruby lined up another client, a firefighter, who had his wife pose in his uniform.
Alan and Johanna Powell are parents to a disabled child, Siobhan, who is Now in their 60s, the Powells are seeking full-time institutional care for their daughter. Video: Enda O'Dowd.
Sometimes people get hungry when they're out and about, and since babies need to eat more often than most of us, they definitely get hungry away from home. Parents can't—and shouldn't—be forced to find a private spot for a breastfeeding break every time baby needs to nurse. Breastfeeding is normal, it's natural and our right to do it in public is protected.
The woman will again appear in court on March 6, after she has gone through an identity parade, according to the South African Press Association. The girl, who turns 18 in April, was raised by the arrested woman and her husband as their only child. She was living just a couple miles kilometers from her biological parents but, as the Cape Argus newspaper reports, the amazing discovery happened by chance when she became friends with her younger biological sister, when they attended the same school.
Every now and then, a news report or story related to nursing in public pops up in my news feeds. Often, it's about a mother who was asked to stop nursing while doing so in a restaurant or store. Sometimes, these stories are reporting on the result of a mother being asked to stop breastfeeding: the civil protest by a bunch of breastfeeding mothers, otherwise known as a "nurse-in.