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Breastfeeding Chat

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

Website: http://www.llli.org
Members: 68
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.

find a group near you at: www.llli.org/WebUS.html

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:  www.llli.org/womanlyartofbreastfeeding

 

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.

Welcome!
-Emily

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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.

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html

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!
Comment by Bonnie P on August 8, 2009 at 12:00pm
I would also highly recommend The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. It provides so much information! I introduced solids at 5 and a half months, because I was so anxious to start a new thing. I thought it was so exciting! But with our next I'll definitely be starting at 6 months or later.
Cindy - my son did that a few times when he was still exclusively breastfed. I think it correlated to when he was going through a growth spurt. Don't worry, your body will quickly catch up and although it still may only take her 5 minutes a side (she may just be more efficient now) it won't be long before she goes longer between feeds again.
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 8, 2009 at 10:25am
Thanks Laura, I figured that it was ok, just wanted to compare notes with some of you. Emerson is definitely growing and happy so I'll just keep feeding her when she wants. I really want to put off introducing solids as long as possible. When did you guys start?
Comment by Laura Morales on August 8, 2009 at 7:35am
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, it is by the LLLI. It has anything you would ever need to know about BF. Stories from mothers, info, statistic about how much healthier a child is is they are breastfeed really stood out to me. I just got through it, really a lot of info. Great for expectant mothers! I got my copy at Half Price Books for $7. But I've also seen it on amazon.com, should be easy to find at most book stores. Hope that helps!
Comment by Rebekah Hanson on August 7, 2009 at 5:41pm
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good book about Breastfeeding. I'm too far away to go to a La Lache League meeting. I would like to be a little more informed before I have my baby then what I am now... which is nothing. Any help would be great! Thanks
Comment by Laura Morales on August 7, 2009 at 5:41pm
I think its fine that she eats so fast and also wants the other breast. The more she nurses the more milk you will make. Even if it seems like she is nursing a lot just let her, it will tell you body that she wants and needs more and it will respond. Also, remember to keep up you fluids that will help with milk production too! If she 5 months and is still nursing well and growing well, she's got the hang of it, just use her hunger cues a nurse accordingly. That's what I did with my son and he nursed till right at his 1st birthday. Keep it up you doing great!
Comment by Cindy Lerner on August 5, 2009 at 4:16pm
This being my first baby and not knowing too many people who have breastfed past a couple of months, I'm not sure if this is to be expected. My daughter Emerson (5 months) is nursing much more frequently than before and she empties my breast in about 5 minutes and most times wants the other. Is that a milk production issue or just a hungry baby? If anyone has any insight, let me know. Thanks
 

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