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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 Emily Healy on November 1, 2009 at 1:34pm
Regarding the comment on extended bf twins... what has been the history of supply trouble?

www.karengromada.com is a website developed by Karen Gromada, a mother of multiples, LLL Leader, RN, IBCLC, author of Mothering Multiples.

This may be a valuable resource for some questions.

Many of the same ideas for establishing milk supply apply to twins; nurse early and often, skin-to-skin contact...
it is especially important with twins who may be born preterm, to ensure they are 'transfering' milk - able to suck effectively enough to get the milk that is there. If not, helping the babies to get milk while expressing to establish/maintain milk supply is essential.

if mom had an underlying condition with a previous baby, then supply could be affected again. thyroid? PCOS?

La Leche League International has a new/revised information sheet on Breastfeeding Twins. Let me know if you would like me to send it to you.
Comment by Laura Morales on October 29, 2009 at 5:20pm
that was a cool video, I found myself trying to encourage the baby to find the nipple, lol!
Comment by Bonnie P on October 29, 2009 at 7:15am
Amazing video!
Comment by EmilyK on October 29, 2009 at 6:30am
I just saw this on youtube, it's about "breast crawl", it's amazing and beautiful! Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjDQN9keKQk&feature=related
Comment by EmilyK on October 14, 2009 at 6:22pm
does any one know of information on long-term breastfeeding of twins? Namely how to keep up supply when one has had trouble with singletons?
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on September 22, 2009 at 6:40pm
...thanks! it is a TOTAL loss! and thats why we plan on spending extra money to have a lactation expert at the birth to help us bond from the start!
Comment by Jennifer C on September 22, 2009 at 3:44pm
I'm so sorry Tarrah! I know that there is a real sense of loss for mothers who want to breastfeed but run into misinformation and thus lose this powerful opportunity to bond. (hugs) This is why I think we need to promote lactation educators and consultants. They usually know far more about breastfeeding than doctors. I've heard some crazy things about breastfeeding from the mouths of ignorant docs. Grrr.

For your next you will know that if cow milk protein allergy is suspected you just have to eliminate it. The nice thing is that you usually only have to eliminate it for a year. Most toddlers grow out of this allergy by one year of age so breastfeeding moms can start to add it back to their diets at that time.

A great resource for breastfeeding moms is www.kellymom.com They have one of the most extensive sites!
Comment by Tarrah Carmon on September 22, 2009 at 12:49pm
he didnt run any tests but that was at 5 months and he is now 11 months so i stopped already and i STILL regret it! i feel like im missing out on "our" time that i LOVED! i was just asking to prepare for the next. his stools were like WATER just straight water and would be every hour or so and LOTS...we were in hospital for 3 days pumping him with the IV bc he was so sick....and the pedi had seen him 3 times from when it started till i finally said your crazy and took him to the ER....thats when he said dry up and feed him this special formula that wont make him sick....and he has been on that since....just talking about it makes me tear up! weve had blood tests to make sure and he does have a milk protein allergy so all his "real" food is bought from health food stores...i just hope the next i dont let stupid male doctors miss guide me!
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 22, 2009 at 10:33am
Great info Jennifer, when I tell other moms that I am still exclusively breastfeeding my 6 1/2 month old, most of the time they have some excuse why they haven't done it. I have heard the one about being allergic to milk and I knew that couldn't be right.
Comment by Jennifer C on September 22, 2009 at 7:36am
Your child can't be allergic to your milk. He can have an allergy to cow milk protein, however. Cow milk protein is excreted in breastmilk. If you stop drinking dairy then it will be out of your system in a couple weeks. I am curious how your old pedi came to the conclusion that he had this cow milk protein allergy? Did he run any tests? While cow milk protein is a common allergen, it is not the only one. For this reason you should eliminate cow dairy first. If after a few weeks you don't see improvement then you try another common allergen. Keep in mind that if your son's stools are frothy and green it might net be an allergen at all. It might just be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Babies that get too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk will be gassy and have these stools. Whatever the case, breasmilk is still the number one food for your baby. Formulas contain corn syrup, dairy, soy, and other ingredients that are hard for babies to digest and the don't contain the immunities that breastmilk has. Breastmilk is better for your child in short and long term, so don't stop! You can fix whatever the problem by either elimination or block nursing. No need to compromise your child's health. :)
 

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