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Dije Ousmana, 45, breastfeeding

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 07, 2012 | 1 comments

Dije Ousmana, 45, breastfeedingDije Ousmana, 45 years old, breastfeeding her two-month-old baby Abdulahadi. Yan Sara village, Dakoro, Niger.

In her arms, baby Abdulahadi stirs, opens his eyes, and begins to cry.

Dije quietly puts him to her breast, but it isn't long before the cry turns into a wail.

Outside, her daughter continues to pound millet for the family's only meal of the day. Dije's six-year-old son runs in and asks when the food will be ready.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!, by Ivy Shih Leung. Publisher: Abbott Press (November 15, 2011)-One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
by Ivy Shih Leung

-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).

She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness that is suffered by one in eight new mothers.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 428 pages
Click to order/for more info: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood







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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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1 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    this story makes me too sad - thank you for posting, I am donating to this organization now.

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