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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Heather, mother of two from San Diego, California, pictured with Cohen

Breastfeeding is important to me because I truly believe it's the best food for babies. It's made for my baby and feels so natural — I feel blessed that I was not only able to grow this person in me, but outside as well.

I didn't really choose to breastfeed, as breastfeeding wasn't an option that I even thought about. The women in my family are all pro-breastfeeding, and even extended breastfeeding. My sister, who is 16 years younger than me, breastfed until 2.

Ask for (the right) help and don't give up. Breastfeeding my second child was truly an uphill battle. He was six weeks early and couldn't latch, spent almost two weeks on a feeding tube, and I was still exclusively pumping when he was a month old. I really thought he would never nurse, but with a lot of persistence and a fantastic lactation consultant, he's a (not so) lean, mean, nursing machine.

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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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