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    When your baby was born, all you probably heard was that breast is best, so you stayed up all night, every night, nursing every hour with cracked nipples, wondering if there was ever an end in sight. Sure, breastfeeding probably got easier and maybe you even like the bonding now ... but wouldn't you just loooove to wear a sexy non-nursing bra and not have your kiddo pawing at your shirt every night? That could mean that it's time to wean, because like all good things, breastfeeding must eventually come to an end. Here are 5 ways to know it's the right time to stop breastfeeding (and not feel guilty).

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    I stood, back hunched over to protect my throbbing breasts from the pinpricks of hot water in the shower, and let loose sobs that echoed around our tiny bathroom. My husband waited outside the curtain, begging, "Just give her formula. It's okay. You don't have to do this to yourself anymore." Our daughter was less than a week old. I was failing at breastfeeding, and I felt like a failure as a mom, as a human being.

    It would take another week to give up nursing entirely, and I sank into a bout of postpartum depression that would take some serious anti-depressants to beat. I felt completely alone at the time. But according to a new breastfeeding study, I was anything but.

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Sociology have now found a link between breastfeeding failure and higher rates of postpartum depression.

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    The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding

    posted by Judy Dutton August 20 at 7:55 AM in Baby
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    August is National Breastfeeding Month -- and whether you're about to embark on breastfeeding or are already nursing, you're bound to encounter a ton of questions and challenges along the way. To increase awareness about breastfeeding and to help you out, we've compiled the ultimate guide to breastfeeding -- advice and insight on everything from how to get baby to latch, increasing your milk supply, how your husband can help, and real stories from moms who have been there. Read on and you'll have all your breastfeeding bases covered.

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    Jenni "JWoww" Farley is no stranger to oversharing. She complained ad nauseum throughout her excruciatingly long pregnancy about everything from heartburn to exhaustion to her "orangutan ti__ies." Yeah, we're used to TMI from JWoww ... but now she's dishing about how she refuses to have sex with her fiance Roger Mathews post-pregnancy -- for at least the next 1 or 2 years.

    Years?! Wow, JWoww. That's harsh.

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    Yes, motherhood is a feat unto itself. But sometimes we just have to marvel at moms who accomplish stunts so far from the norm, it's astonishing their stories are true. If you've ever wondered how old a mom can be to give birth, how many babies one mom can have, how long labor can last, or hear some other unbelievable stories from the extreme horizons of parenthood, get a load of these world record-breaking moms below. They will alter everything you thought you knew about what's humanly possible, for moms or otherwise.

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    If you're feeling a little overwhelmed in the parent department, there are now mommy stunt doubles available for hire. Outsourced parenting is all the rage in certain circles. Some moms rely on the pros to help their kids on the potty, detox from a hard-core thumb-sucking addiction, even mind their manners.

    If you're feeling like you could use a little help, you're in luck. Here are some of the coolest (and wackiest) ways today's parents delegate parenting ... for a fee.

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    Christina Aguilera surprised us all this weekend by not wasting time announcing the birth of her baby girl! Despite waiting a few weeks to put out an official report after her 6-year-old son Max was born, The Voice star took to Twitter just a few days after she gave birth in Los Angeles via C-section and put an end to what we were all wondering: what name will Christina give her little princess?

    My money was on the singer giving her daughter a melodic-sounding name -- something with a lot of meaning. And I was right -- her baby girl's name couldn't be more perfect.

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    It's never too early to learn how to multitask when you're a mom. One Texas woman learned this the hard way when she delivered a baby boy while enrolling her 4-year-old son in a preschool in Houston.

    Vanessa DeLeon knew she was in labor when she decided to stop at Alexis' preschool to fill out all of the necessary paperwork she needed to ensure her child was all signed up and ready to go this September. Having already given birth to Alexis and his two older brothers, you can't blame this woman for knowing it can take HOURS and hours and, sometimes a day or two -- or five -- to go from that first contraction to active labor and delivery.

    But, boy, did she miscalculate when it came to her fourth baby. In fact, DeLeon was so off that she ended up asking the school nurse to perform a duty we're sure she isn't used to.

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    Awww, congratulations are in order for Christina Aguilera and her fiance, Matt Rutler, who welcomed a precious little girl into the world yesterday! The Voice singer delivered her via C-section in Los Angeles after arriving at the hospital that morning and checking into what we're sure is the swankiest private, deluxe birthing "suite" the world has ever known.

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    Restaurant critic Nancy Miller who writes for The Courier-Journal had a very delicious meal at Palermo Viejo, so I've learned. I'm not one to read random restaurant reviews from cities I don't live in or have immediate plans on visiting, but this review of the Louisville, Kentucky, Argentinian eatery caught my attention because Miller not only choose to review the meal, but the meal that another person was having at the table next to her. A baby's meal. A baby who was having breastmilk.

    Miller's review starts out raving about the delectable dishes such as fideos al estofado and cerdo con repollo and how she wants to eat eat eat at Palermo Viejo as much as possible. Then she takes up issue with a mother breastfeeding her child right there in the restaurant. 

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