Breastfeeding Chat

Mother to Mother support for breastfeeding. Connect with others to celebrate the joys and overcome the challenges.

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Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2013

Welcome to Breastfeeding Chat! Feel free to post questions of the members or group coordinator. Please share your favorite breastfeeding stories and breastfeeding news items. Please feel free to add discussions.

The mission of La Leche League International is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

La Leche League groups meet monthly in over 60 countries around the world. Leaders are mother-volunteers who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International. Leaders are available for phone and email help, and some Leaders do home visits for moms who are having trouble in the early weeks.

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La Leche League philosophy is summarized by these 10 concepts:

-Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
-Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
-In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
-Breast milk is the superior infant food.
-For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
-Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
-Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
-Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby's father. A father's unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child's development from early infancy.
-Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
-From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

The ideals and principles of mothering which are the foundation of LLLI beliefs are further developed in THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, the most comprehensive handbook on breastfeeding and parenting ever published. It has provided needed answers to three generations of nursing mothers on every aspect of breastfeeding. The new Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is now available!  See this link to download chapter 20, the Tear-Sheet Toolkit:


My highest credential is MOM to three clever, spunky, loving, sweet, funny kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. I am also a volunteer LLLL (La Leche League Leader) and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in Seattle, Washington.


Discussion Forum

breastfeeding through pregnancy/tandem nursing

Started by Emily Healy. Last reply by Nani deBuys Apr 8, 2013. 4 Replies

Baby fussing/screaming when I try to nurse her

Started by Chelsea. Last reply by Brandi Frey Jun 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Angelina Jolie statue

Started by Emily Healy. Last reply by angela Sep 19, 2010. 1 Reply

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Comment by Emily Healy on January 2, 2010 at 8:44pm
Happy New Year everyone! Do you have any breastfeeding goals/resolutions for 2010?
Comment by Bonnie P on December 3, 2009 at 10:51am
Wow, Cherylyn, amazing story! I cried through the entire article!
Comment by Cherylyn on December 3, 2009 at 7:35am
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on November 28, 2009 at 2:24pm
AF came :( so we will try again next month! and i was JUST telling my husband id like to not find out the sex when we do get preggie again! i think its such a cool suprise!
Comment by Bonnie P on November 28, 2009 at 1:29pm
Nope, we're not going to find out! Tarrah I know you were ttc, any good news yet?
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on November 28, 2009 at 6:36am
your welcome...either way i think he will be you know if its new one is a girl or boy?
Comment by Bonnie P on November 27, 2009 at 8:35pm
Still going! Actually today I was able to express a few drops out, so now I'm wondering if it might come back at some point before the new one arrives? Such new territory for me. But no, my boy hasn't lost any interest yet. Thanks for checking up!
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on November 27, 2009 at 6:26pm
Bonnie how is it going?
Comment by Bonnie P on November 20, 2009 at 8:05pm
Thanks to everyone for their support and input!

I have a feeling my son won't stop on his own. So far I'm okay with that, but friends and family I've been talking with think that's really weird. I think my sister was even a bit grossed out when I told her that he was still nursing without milk. Of course because I'm pregnant, my nipples are VERY sensitive right now and any little touch is usually pretty uncomfortable (when I shower it's AWFUL), but strangely enough, it does not hurt when he nurses. So I'm not too terribly anxious for him to stop, although I was thinking if he did stop maybe my nipples would be less sensitive all of the time? Right now I'm just going to let it be up to him and we'll reassess as we go along.

Miss Christian, I love your quote, "Once we become mother's it isn't about what is convenient for us anymore, its about what's best for our children." So true!

I love this group for the great information sharing and support we can give each other. Happy breastfeeding to everyone!
Comment by Brittany Tubb on November 19, 2009 at 2:55pm
im soo ready for this little one to get here so we can try again! :))

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