Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month and the first week of the month is World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding is beautiful in all forms. In honor of the occasions, enjoy these sweet and touching nursing photos and learn why these moms chose to breastfeed — and what advice they'd give to a nursing mother who is just starting out.

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Kayla, mom of one from Fairbanks, Alaska, pictured with Annaliese

I chose to breastfeed because, in all honesty, I believed it to be the best option for my baby. I never even considered formula. There were times when it was hard in the first few months but I worked to keep my supply up so I never had to resort to formula. I remember at one point I was pumping every hour on the hour (if I wasn't already nursing my baby) to try and increase my supply to where it needed to be.

My advice is to never give up. Obviously some women, for one reason or another, are not able to breastfeed, but if you have the ability then there's no excuse to give up. Find support in your area. There are a ton of resources like support groups, La Leche League, articles, books and online groups.

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Comments on "Breastfeeding photos: Moms with their babies"

Julie August 01, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Ashleigh sums up the breastfeeding experience perfectly, in my opinion! I am now 52 and the mother of 4 grown children; I can look back and say that the time I spent nursing my infants was one of the best in life! Mothers, don't skip this precious experience for anything. Your baby will be healthier and hapier, too!!

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