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    Hers is a story we've heard all too often. Back in March, Shereen Matera says she was told by an assistant manager to "cover up or leave" while breastfeeding her son at a Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York. Although it must have initially been all sorts of upsetting for Matera, she responded boldly -- suing the bookstore chain for mistreatment. Thankfully, she also got a ton of back-up!

    After hearing about the incident, 15 other breastfeeding moms jumped to Matera's defense, joining her in a "nurse-in" at the store, to the disapproval of another store manager. Later, after Matera's complaint to the Barnes & Noble corporate office led nowhere, she went to the New York's Attorney General's office. And today, she's celebrating her settlement and victory in the case.

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    Leah Calvert's daughter Aliannah Simms never ceases to inspire and amaze us. We've watched this 4-year-old's journey ever since her mama was pregnant with her and her twin sister Aleeah back in the day on MTV's 16 & Pregnant. Then all the tears on Teen Mom 2 as Leah and her ex-husband Corey Simms struggled for answers about her medical condition.

    It turns out Ali has a rare form of the degenerative disease muscular dystrophy, but even with all the odds stacked against her, she has defied them all. Doctors once thought she'd never even walk, but Leah says this little dollface not only does that -- she runs!

    Leah shared Ali's latest ambition on Twitter Monday night, and even though it's a lofty goal, we think this gal might just have enough determination to make it happen.

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    There is no greater grief or horror for parents than the loss of a child. But one musical therapist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is helping parents cope with their loss by commemorating their children in song. Brian Schreck, who has been working with parents and their sick children, records the child's heartbeat and later sets it to their favorite music, leaving their parents with a beautiful tune that they can enjoy forever.

    The lovely beat of the heart, set alongside a calm composition, is a simple melody, but one that parents will appreciate. Margaret and Jeremy Bennett lost their son, Dylan, earlier this year. Schreck recorded Dylan's heartbeat while he was in the intensive care unit and later gifted the parents with the music:

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    Beyonce's pal and Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland is pregnant with her first baby. She and boyfriend Tim Witherspoon made the happy announcement earlier this month with an adorable photo of daddy and baby Air Jordans.

    Kelly posted this beautiful photo of herself and wow does she look incredible or what?! Unlike me when I was pregnant, Kelly is working out ... a lot it seems. I thought a workout involved walking to the store to buy cookies and then walking back and propping myself on the couch to enjoy them. (I had twins. I was hungry. I only did this once in a while, therefore I rarely worked out.) Kelly, though, goes all out with personal trainers in what seems to be an aggressive workout that has some people talking.

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    I think we can all agree that when thinking about Eminem, we don't exactly think about how he is as a dad. It's none of our business, really. We think about his songs, the lyrics, his actions that sometimes land him in the tabloids. But as a dad to a daughter? Well those thoughts about Eminem only pop up when his daughter Hailie gets herself in the news.

    Thankfully, the latest news on Hailie Mathers doesn't involve name calling -- she called Taylor Swift a whore back in 2012 -- ooops! This time, we're all Go Hailie!

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    Sadly, babies being left in hot cars happens all too often. And even more upsetting, a percentage of these babies die due to the awful things that happen to children when they're left in hot cars. Sometimes, these children are left on purpose when mom or dad is running what they think is a quick-enough errand. Other times, parents actually forget their kids in their cars. As crazy as it sounds, it happens. However, an 11-year-old named Andrew Pelham is working to put a stop to this with his E-Z Baby Saver.

    As the oldest of four, the inventive and precocious Pelham says that he knows "a LOT about strapping kids in cars." And the best part? Pelham isn't even trying to make a buck off of his invention. Nope, his creation is simply on his website for parents to copy. Pretty amazing.

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    Every mom-to-be hopes that her pregnancy, labor, and delivery will go smoothly, if not picture perfectly. And who could blame her for just wanting everything to be okay the whole way through until she can welcome her little one into the world? But of course, we all encounter our own personal challenges, "screw-ups," and setbacks along the way. 

    Lauren Lawton, now mom to 7-month-old twin girls Mackenzie and Anna, knows that well. Not long after she found out she was pregnant, she was told that the girls shared a placenta. One twin was getting too much blood, while the other was getting too little. As if that wasn't worrisome enough, Lawton found out 24 weeks into her pregnancy that she had an infection in her tooth, which meant she had to give birth pre-term to her daughters, who at the time weighed just over a pound. But believe it or not, there was a silver lining ...

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    Retired Marine Lance Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter is about to become the third Marine in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- and the eighth living -- to receive the Medal of Honor. The award, which is the most prestigious one granted to military members for their exemplary bravery, is one Carpenter truly deserves. While stationed in Afghanistan, the 24-year-old Mississippi native threw himself on top of a live grenade in order to protect his best friend and comrade, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. But, if you ask him, he doesn't believe he did anything special.

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    Out of all of the '80s supermodels, Christy Turlington Burns always stood apart from the pack. The 45-year-old stunner, who was the face of Calvin Klein Eternity perfume -- and continues to pose for the brand -- wasn't into partying like Kate and Naomi, and her classic beauty meant she'd never be a swimsuit calendar star, like Cindy Crawford.

    But don't cry for Christy, folks. The yoga enthusiast and mom of two has one heck of a healthy head on her shoulders. We recently learned (as if we didn't already know) that she is the anti-Kardashian in one major way: the woman is NOT afraid of growing old and looking her age.

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    A transgender boy from the Canadian province of Alberta is celebrating a victory that marks major progress this week. At just 12 years old, Wren Kauffman received a new birth certificate officially recognizing his sex as male. He had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission because he couldn't change the sex listed on his birth certificate. Until now, Alberta would only allow the change made if you had gender reassignment surgery. But thanks to a judge's ruling, not anymore!

    Kauffman and his family must be elated by the news. After all, that gender reassignment surgery stipulation just seems plain silly -- especially for someone Wren's age! If anyone has already transitioned in every other major way, as it appears Wren has, it makes sense that their birth certificate would reflect that.

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