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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Keri, mom of three from Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, pictured with Luke and Olivia

Breastfeeding is important to me for many reasons. I love the health benefits for my children and myself. I love being able to bond with them. In the beginning with the twins, nursing was a wonderful and special way I was guaranteed to spend one-on-one time with them.

My biggest advice for a new nursing mom (especially a mother to multiples!) is that each stage is so short. When you're in the midst of a tough time, before you know it, it will be over. It is so easy after a bad night to feel like that is the only way it will ever be. But babies grow and learn so quickly, they don't stay any one way for long!

I nursed my twins through my husband's deployment to Afghanistan and finding out that my daughter's latching problems were caused by a stroke she had in utero. It was tough, but the work was so worth it! To see how excited they get to nurse now, and how much it comforts them means the world to me.

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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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