Take Two

Encouraging mothers to breast feed

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Lani (last name withheld) burps her 2-day-old daughter Adriana as Registered Nurse Tracey Desai works with them on breastfeeding. Lani has found that learning to get a good latch is the most difficult part of breastfeeding.

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Lani of Hermosa Beach holds her 2-day-old daughter Adriana on Monday, Feb. 4 at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. Lani said she looked at four hospitals before deciding on where to give birth.

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Registered Nurse Tracey Desai gives tips to new mother Lani on how to position her daughter while breastfeeding. Lani said she wanted to breastfeed her child from the beginning, and feels that the benefits outweigh the difficulties.


Most childcare experts believe that breastfeeding for a year is best for a new babym and while many women nurse their babies initially, few are still at it six months later. Advocates want to change that, but it's not easy.

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