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Breastfeeding: Abergavenny mums share nursing images online

From BBC - April 15, 2018

A group of women have posted photos of themselves breastfeeding on social media to raise awareness of the difficulties some women face nursing their babies.

The project was the brainchild of photographer Sarah Haile, 25, who lives in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

The idea came to her during a late-night feed with nine-month-old Jasper.

"I had a few issues at the beginning... it would have been nice to know it is not just me," she said.

Breastfeeding women can face a variety of medical problems from cracked nipples and engorgement to thrush and mastitis.

Ms Haile said Jasper was feeding well in hospital. But when she returned home she started experiencing problems.

"I could not do it, I was in agony," she said.

"I would be curling my toes and clenching my teeth with each feed and my nipples were cracked and bleeding.

"When Jasper was maybe four days old I broke... my husband took us back to the hospital where a lovely doctor sat with me for an hour and helped me with different positions and just calmed me down. We have been brilliant ever since."

She hopes taking and sharing pictures of other breastfeeding mothers in her town will encourage others to speak more openly about the hurdles they face and make new mothers feel less alone.

"It would have been nice to have some real accounts of people's experiences as I felt guilt and like a failure when I was struggling," she said.

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