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

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Baby fussing/screaming when I try to nurse her

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Angelina Jolie statue

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Comment by Brittany Tubb on May 24, 2010 at 10:25pm
thanks jenn
Comment by Brittany Tubb on May 24, 2010 at 5:01am
lol bonnie i didnt take it the wrong way, most ppl just dont understand when ur spouse is away..n not just at work in the same town..but half way around the world the smallest things become difficult. but i know this only makes me stronger as a woman, n this is my second deployment so its getting easier...or i keep telling myself that. n i think ur right bout milk flow after surgery...cuz ur whole body shuts down from the trauma if the csection.
Comment by Bonnie P on May 23, 2010 at 9:04pm
Brittany, I hear ya. Even after just having one c-section it was so hard to get up and down. And my husband was away training at that point too, so I know how hard that can be to do it alone! Well, I know hard hard it can be with ONE, I can't really imagine doing it alone with TWO! My milk took longer to come in with my first as well - I wonder if that's a c-section thing? Sorry if my previous post sounded judgmental, it wasn't meant to be. I just think the more we know about what women face as barriers to breastfeeding, the more we can help others who might be in similar situations. It's so great that Korror is latching well! My first had a horrible latch and I paid for it in the first couple of weeks! Now the new one - she seemed to be a pro right from the start and it has made all the difference in the world! (Or maybe I'M doing it better this time? Who knows.) I hope it keeps going well!
Comment by Brittany Tubb on May 23, 2010 at 1:17pm
thank emily..he seems to really get the flow of things...or atleast it seems better this go around then it did with my first child.
Comment by Emily Healy on May 23, 2010 at 10:58am
Laura, check the medela website to find a retailer near you who will sell the kit:

Brittany, Congratulations on baby Konnor! I wish you the best! Let us know if you have any questions.
Comment by Brittany Tubb on May 23, 2010 at 5:57am
well bonnie im currently raising two lil ones alone, my hubby is deployed to afghanistan at the moment. so getting up and down all by myself was tooo hard and my mom and her best friend stayed with me a few days after my csection so i could rest and get back to being able to walk and get up from bed...which was harder on me this time around. i've had two csections and i think the older my body gets the harder it is to recover from a surgery like that. i hadn't fully gave up on breastfeeding tho..cuz like with my first son this time around it took nearly a week for my milk to actually come in..and it has i had plently of time to think bout wether or not i wanted to bf. so now im just gonna supplement and bf when were at home and formula feed when were on the go. im a stay at home momma so he will be bf'd most of the time.:)) and unlike bf'in with my first son my second has latched on and had no issues yet.
Comment by Bonnie P on May 22, 2010 at 10:31pm
I had a c-section with my first and had no issues breastfeeding. What made you decide not to bf? I hope it goes well for both of you!
Comment by Brittany Tubb on May 22, 2010 at 5:08pm
so after deciding in the hospital that i wasnt gonna be breastfeeding because of the csection the nurses told me not to wrap my breast just to wear a sports bra and that they would dry up on there own within a few days. well its been two weeks and last night after getting out of the shower my milk makers were in full i talked to my hubby about it and im gonna try to supplement konnor with breastmilk and formula now. :)) he seems to get the latching on and everything went well last night. so we will see in the new few days how things r with everythin. :)) im really excited that i didnt dry up now. lol
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on May 22, 2010 at 8:50am
hmmm i know when we went to the hosptial to have gavin they had a Medela and we got to take home the tubing and stuff so i have extra (i have the same one you do Medlea Pump in Style) and they fit....but i did lose the bottles to pump into so i bought them separate from babies r us.....have you tried
Comment by Laura Morales on May 22, 2010 at 8:38am
I looked there they didnt have the kit. they did have everything separate except the tubing. Cant pump without that.

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