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June 2005, vol 1 no 1

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Duro Jaiye, Japan

Learning Curve

it's my turn. a little after two in the morning. the squirming started about five minutes ago. now he's up, smacking his lips, arms and legs flailing, those big eyes rolling. i lift the little fellow from his crib, all four weeks of him. his head jerks right, his neck stiffens, his mouth opens; that tiny contorted circle stretching, searching, expecting to latch on to his mother's nipple. it would be kind of convenient if we fathers too could do a little breastfeeding...

spring stars
discovering the way my newborn
wants to be held


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