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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

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 Malvina Kiperman on December 5, 2012 at 9:41pm

Some people actually asked me if I was serious about taking a prenatal course, just wanted to share my opinion on this topic, please feel free to comment :)

http://startwithmom.com/blog/?p=103

Comment by Roiann on June 27, 2012 at 11:49am

thanks!  I will try that Brandi!

Comment by Jessica on June 27, 2012 at 11:27am

That sounds like good advice Brandi! Wish I had it when I was nursing lol.

Comment by Brandi Frey on June 27, 2012 at 9:12am
I too had to use a nipple shield for awhile, about a month or so and was worried I would be stuck using it forever. I think what eventually worked was getting a good latch with the shield on, wait for milk to start flowing, then use your finger to break the latch, quickly remove shield and relatch without it. It worked really well, and we were able to get rid of the shield for good with no problems. Give that a try and see how it works. good luck!
Comment by Jessica on June 27, 2012 at 7:48am

I had to use nipple shields with my first because he had trouble laching on & they helped.  Unfortunately that's what he got used to, so even though I would've wanted him to switch to just the breast without the shield, he wouldn't. So I breastfed him for a year with the shields until he weaned himself off.  It's what worked for him, but if I had to choose I would've prefered not to use them. The important thing is that I was able to exclusively breastfeed him for a year which was my goal (until solids were introduced then it was both of course).  So hopefully second time around I won't have to use them. But they are very helpful when they are just born & having trouble laching on and if a woman gets really sore nipples nursing or has a biter they will help protect them.  Good luck!

Comment by Roiann on June 27, 2012 at 6:22am

I have been using a nipple shield since my baby's birth 3 months ago. My nipples are on the flat side and I've met with a lactation consultant twice. The nipple shield is working fine but I really want to get rid of it soon. Any suggestions?

Comment by Bonnie P on January 15, 2011 at 12:01am

Just thought I'd share that I'm in the pre-application process of becoming a LLL leader! There isn't a group in my community, so I thought I'd see if I could start one. I really hope I can get through the accreditation process!

Comment by naomi on January 14, 2011 at 2:20pm

shes four months old now I never heard of anovulatory periods is that normal? dr thought I could be prego since I'm on no bc but I'm not I  took a test they wnat me to retest in two weeks and if neg wait two more weeks and go to dr for testing if I dont get it they said not to worry but I am I was always regular with my first daughter makes me think something is serously wrong with me.I've alreayd had two periods

Comment by naomi on January 14, 2011 at 7:00am
I know that when you breastfeed you can skip your period but I am bottlefeeding I've already gotten two periods and I just skipped this third one has anyone had this happen? I did take a pregnancy test as well.
Comment by Violet on August 8, 2010 at 12:48pm
LOL!!!! I gotta share that!!!


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