Breastfeeding Chat

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

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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

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Angelina Jolie statue

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Comment by Tarrah Carmon on September 21, 2009 at 1:53pm
i BF my son untill his old pedi told me i couldnt (he has a milk allergy) but when i switched dr she told me that i could have just cut the milk out of my diet? anyone with ideas?
Comment by Emily Healy on September 13, 2009 at 11:21pm
Hi Jennifer and All,
I started a discussion for breastfeeding through pregnancy and tandem nursing. I added some thoughts there. Please chime in with your experience, ladies!

Comment by Jennifer Bergerman on September 13, 2009 at 10:20pm
Im 8 weeks pregnant and still nursing my 20 month old daughter. Any one want to share their experiences with that. I'm kinda playing it by ear with weaning. She still nurses quite a bit and the thought of weaning in a few months makes me wanna cry!! (could be pregnancy hormones, too. lol) I'm open to Tandem Nursing but I'm not sure how I'll feel about it when the times comes.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 9, 2009 at 1:33pm
I do remember my nipples being very sensitive to touch while pregnant. It is just your body preparing for baby.
Comment by Bonnie P on September 6, 2009 at 8:02pm
Are your nipples supposed to get very sensitive while breastfeeding if you get pregnant? We found out we're expecting about 2 weeks ago and I've noticed some major sensitivity! If not, I'll need to do some further investigating as to what it's from.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 18, 2009 at 10:39am
An update with Emerson, she is back to her normal 3 hour routine. Her and I were going through a little illness and she is now back to normal. I think that could have been why she was nursing so frequently. She had a cough and runny nose, but the only treatment we gave was breastmilk, chiropractic adjustments and a little extra TLC. She is now back to her normal happy self and her regular nursing schedule. Our only issue that has just come up is marathon nursing right when going to bed. She hasn't done this since her first few weeks, but now she wants to nurse to sleep sometimes up to 45 minutes or an hour and if I break the suction she wakes up. I know it's probably a normal part of attachment and I highly believe in attachment parenting, but if anyone has any nice ways of breaking the baby of this habit, please let me know. Thanks for your support.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 18, 2009 at 10:33am
How old is Alewynn now? I think I will wait until 7 months to give Emerson solids and then it will just be her preference after that. I know it can't hurt her to eat mostly breastmilk for a long time.
Comment by Jane McArthur on August 8, 2009 at 6:40pm
This website is a great resource for understanding why delaying solids is a good idea.

My daughter Alewynn was exclusively breastfed until 7 months and she only tried avacado and banana a few times in the 7th month. She is still only getting solids about once a day (somedays still only bm)...she is very healthy and happy and is developing well. She hasn't had a cold or any illness, is a healthy weight and height (95% for weight and 65% height) and is growing and learning rapidly!
Comment by Laura Morales on August 8, 2009 at 12:23pm
I know they recommend starting solids no sooner than 6months for breastfeed babies, but I started at 4, it just kind of happened that one day my older son was eating applesauce and the baby was eyeing it so I let him try it and he instantly loved it. So I just slowly gave him some and it kept on going. Next time I will probably try to wait til at least 6 months but I can't say I wouldn't let my baby try something that he/she looks interesting in(like applesauce).
Comment by Jane McArthur on August 8, 2009 at 12:20pm
Cindy, it may be that your baby is going through a growth spurt. My midwives, doula and at the LLL meetings, all said that there will be periods of more nursing during these times of intense growth. I was told to remember 3, 6, 9 - weeks, 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months - as a rough guide for when growth spurts would happen. And it's been my experience that this is pretty accurate. It can also be that baby is fighting a cold/sickness/teething and they need the extra immunities and/or hydration....some possibilities!

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