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

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 Bonnie P on August 5, 2010 at 9:00am

Comment by Violet on August 3, 2010 at 12:58pm
Oh wow...I've never heard of that. I'm glad you were able to take care of it.

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Comment by Bonnie P on August 3, 2010 at 12:43pm
Okay, so I had just started noticing another plugged duct heading my way, complete with a milk bleb. So I took the advice, sterilized a pin and set to work! It was easier to pick at it when I had some pressure applied to the areola which made the bleb stick out a bit. And oh boy! When I punctured it, I got sprayed in the face with absolutely clear liquid! I was prepared for toothpasty stuff, but that was not the case! And I expressed A TON of this clear liquid out of that one opening while other openings beside and around it expressed little bits of milk. Weird! Anyone know what the clear fluid was? Was it just built up foremilk? Anyways, just thought I'd share ;)
Comment by Emily Healy on July 26, 2010 at 7:17pm
I want to let you know that the new Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is now available and it is fantastic!

It has been completely re-written by three fabulous authors who are LLL Leaders and IBCLCs; Diana West, Diane Weissinger and Teresa Pitman.

There is a section of info sheets in the book that are available to download for free at this link:
scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link for the free download - Chapter 20, Tear Sheet Toolkit
Comment by Emily Healy on July 26, 2010 at 7:01pm
I've been on vacation, but I have a quick tidbit that covers the nicu and the surrogate situations!

Search "Stanford Hands on Pumping" for a video clip about bringing in a full supply with a pump. Dr. Jane Morton did a study at Stanford University that combined pumping with hand expression and the moms were able to collect twice as much milk!

It can be a good idea to rent a hospital grade pump for the first month, then use the purchased pump when milk supply is well established.

The high quality pump brands are Hygeia, Ameda and Medela.

Babies born early need time and TLC. They have a greater chance of not feeding effectively and ending up back in the hospital. Birth Kangaroo Care is essential for these tiny babes. They need help feeding until they can do it on their own.

It is really difficult to collect colostrum with a pump. Hand expression, directly into a spoon or cup works better and can be fed directly to the baby or frozen in vials for later use. Establishing milk supply is really important. Babies can learn to breastfeed even months later, if the milk is there.

You can talk to a health care provider about how to reduce your chances of having another preterm birth. Fish oil, vitamin D and magnesium can all play a role in preventing preterm labor.

okay, I guess that was a few tidbits...

by the way, does anyone know why I can't comment from my phone? I have a blackberry and I can sign in and type the comment, but I can't click the 'comment' button when I am done typing, so my message doesn't go through. Did that at least twice before I remembered it doesn't work...

Comment by Samantha on July 19, 2010 at 4:10pm
Ya they are buying a medela they are vary much into researching everything so they did all that and found that out. I had no clue, with my son i never pumped so i would not know what to get lol. Thanks for the advice Jenn

I didnt know them, this was something i always wonted to do. When i was younger i was told i would not be able to have kids because of my heart problem but i proved my heart doc wrong when i had my son. After that he said I could have more kids no problem. So i started to look into it and i found a great place online that puts together people looking for surro with people who wont to be surro and they also do egg donor stuff too. So i got on with them and it went from there. If you wont to know more here is my email you can email me and i am more them happy to tell you more. I also wonted to say thanks for the support Laura, its always nice to read=-))
Comment by Laura Morales on July 17, 2010 at 7:14pm
it will be more cost effective to buy one anyways if your going to be pumping for very long. I also wanted to say wow ,what a great thing you are doing. If you don't mind me asking, are you being a surro for someone you know? I have thought about doing that myself. Very interested in you story of how you came to do it.
Comment by Samantha on July 16, 2010 at 6:08pm
I am hoping that they will not have to supplement with formula tell the baby is older, but we will see i dont know how good of a pumper i will be.LOL Your friend sounds like a pro=-))
Yes they are paying for anything i will need to pump and to ship to them as well. They are buying me a breast pump too, i told them we could rent but they really didnt like that. New have to have everything new. LOL
Comment by Karen M on July 16, 2010 at 10:49am
and its none of my business, but I hope THEY are paying for that milk to be shipped. you shouldnt be paying for that but of course that's jmho. *blush*
Comment by Karen M on July 16, 2010 at 10:46am
sounds to me like they will supplement with formula anyways, but you never know... a friend of mine would pump 9+ oz every 3 hours. wOW!!!

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