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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Comment by Emily Healy on November 19, 2009 at 11:27am
Hi Brittany,

how lucky to have an IBCLC in the family! It is so wonderful to have support from someone you trust.

some helpful tips to getting breastfeeding starting off right (for all of us moms, not just Brittany):

be aware of the impact birth interventions can have on breastfeeding - sometimes the interventions are necessary, but knowing what to expect can help us overcome any challenges that arise. (for example; if we get IV fluids during labor, the baby can also take on extra fluid. then after they are born, they pee and appear to 'lose' a lot of weight! - it's just one thing to consider before we start supplementing due to 7% weight loss)

skin-to-skin contact is the first line of defense to any early breastfeeding difficulty! cuddle up with your baby, caress his skin, smell his head... let your hormones do the work!

self-attachment: an amazing discovery! when babies are able to follow their instincts to find the breast, they usually latch on well and put themselves in a good position - just like all other mammals.

keep baby close to you and feed frequently - the first two weeks are essential for establishing milk supply. when the baby nurses, our bodies are laying down receptors for prolactin - we need those receptors to continue making milk!

and ask for help early and often! pain is not normal. keep asking until you get the help you need.
Comment by Emily Healy on November 19, 2009 at 11:16am
Hi Bonnie P,

some babies will nurse through pregnancy even with no milk. They really love the comfort! Is is uncomfortable for you?

14 months is young to self-wean. These next few months may be a delicate dance between you and your son, finding what works for you. This group is here to support you whether you continue to nurse, start setting limits, or gently wean.

you know your son best; is he the type that will lose interest if there is no milk? is he very persistent?

we are here for you!
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on November 19, 2009 at 9:50am
once my son latched on right it did not hurt at all....the trick is getting the mouth over the entire nipple and getting a wide mouth...he would curl his bottom lip in which would hurt untill we fixed that! it is SUCH an amazing thing...i cant wait for the second child so i can do it all over again!
Comment by Aesha Christian on November 19, 2009 at 9:45am
I love to talk with other mothers who breast feed =) too many times have I heard "it hurts too much", "its too time consuming" and Im thinking to myself anything that will benefit your child is worth it! A friend told me before I had my daughter that if I could make it past the first 2 weeks then I would be good it go! and I have been breastfeed for 4 months now!

I love the bond that my daughter and I have, it is priceless. Although she doesn't take a bottle now :/ so I have to find a way to introduce that to her to that her Dad can feed her here and there and we can go out occasionally (truth be told I don't like to go anywhere or be apart from her)

Once we become mother's it isn't about what is convenient for us anymore, its about what's best for our children =)

Peace & Prosperity

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Comment by Brittany Tubb on November 18, 2009 at 6:02pm
i can imagine how hard it would be to be preggo and have one still nursing! im sure he will learn that its time to get off soon. it will prolly just take a week or so for him to realise he's not getting anything and is still hungry. and yea i'm very excited about having a consultant in the family..she will be on call anytime i need her..and free is a great price. lol
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on November 18, 2009 at 5:09pm
i might try to wean him off sucking just like if you had milk so he doesn
t get upset...just a thought
Comment by Bonnie P on November 18, 2009 at 4:26pm
Brittany, I'd definitely get your SIL to help you out in the first while. Even if you think things are going well at the beginning, it's good to have a professional take a look at the latch and give you some pointers that you might not have thought of.

Some sad news for me; I've officially run out of milk :( I thought this might happen at some point during my pregnancy, but thought we could stretch it out just a bit more. Do you think my son will stop wanting to nurse on his own? Right now he still wants to suck at nap time, bed time and in the morning, even though nothing's there. So I'm basically a human soother! I don't really want to be mean and tell him he can't breastfeed (he's 14 months), but it has to end sometime, right?
Comment by Brittany Tubb on November 18, 2009 at 3:16pm
my new sister-in-law just so happens to be a consultant, so no need to spend money on that for us. were soo thankful for that. so hopefully things will be better this time around. :)
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on November 18, 2009 at 2:40pm
i suggest spending the extra $ on a consultant...well worth it
Comment by Brittany Tubb on November 18, 2009 at 2:16pm
im going to try again at breastfeeding this time around. can anyone share any tips?

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