Happy Mothers, Breastfed Babies

All expectant, new, and experienced mothers and children are invited to attend.

Meetings are held on the third THURSDAY

of each month

10:00 AM at First Christian Church

on Rivermont Avenue.

Park in the back. The meeting is on the 3rd floor.

Come join us for mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and friendship. See you there!

Meeting Place

Meeting Place
Park in the back lot and go through these doors.

Meeting Room

Meeting Room
We meet on the 3rd floor, on the right.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcome 2017

It is with hope and happy hearts that we welcome 2017. Our eminent co-leader Catherine retired at the end of 2016 after 25 YEARS of LLL service. We are happy to report she will drop in on our monthly meetings as she is able. We also welcomed a new Leader into our Lynchburg group: Sarah. A mother to three and also a nurse with current hospital lactation consultant experience, we are very excited to work with Sarah.

Please note our updated contact information, and meeting dates. We always meet the third Thursday of every month at First Christian Church on Rivermont Ave. LLL is unaffiliated with any religious organizations, although we are grateful to First Christian for generously allowing us to use their space. As such, all are welcome! Bring your children and your desire to learn about breastfeeding. There is ample parking at the church, and the church area is served by the bus line.

Our January gathering is tomorrow! Please come!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LLL of Lynchburg 2016

Happy New Years, moms! We hope this year finds you and yours happy and healthy. LLL of Lynchburg has fun happenings this year - our blogspot page that you are reading right now has been updated for 2016. Please note we always meet the third Thursday of the month at First Christian Church on Rivermont Ave very near to VA Baptist hospital. Park in the back, and take the elevator or the stairs up to the third floor. We meet in the comfy, red room to the right. While we thank and appreciate First Christian Church for allowing us the use of their room, LLL is not associated with this church or any other. A million thanks, First Christian, for sharing your space with us every month!

Our Lynchburg group has a new Leader! Jessica was accredited in November and we are so excited and grateful as she is an excellent resource. Incidentally, all of the leader information has been updated. Please contact one of us whenever you have a breastfeeding need, and know we will respond within 24 hours, generally much much quicker than that.

Sometimes moms need more mother-to-mother support than meeting once a month with our LLL group. We have you covered! Sarah C. is our playgroup coordinator. Please find us and like us (La Leche League of Lynchburg) on Facebook to receive play date notices. A link is to the right of this post. Katherine S. is our Mommy Me yoga instructor. This class generally meets every Tuesday morning. Like Katherine's page on Facebook to receive class notifications. Her link is to the right also.

Finally, we have a mother that has created an Instagram account and a fun campaign called #lynchburgbreastfeeds. Like our Insta account @lynchburgvalll and tag your breastfeeding photo with #lynchcburgbreastfeeds and Azalea could regram.

Thank you so much to our LLL moms for supporting our group, especially Sarah C., Azalea, and Katherine. And thank you to the moms that continue to participate in our monthly meetings - we appreciate your presence!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Beware the Peppermint

We are deep into December and we hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. Hanukkah just finished and Christmas is upon us. It's been pretty warm but totally possible for us to ready for winter. It's not always necessary to wear sweaters and drink hot chocolate outside with this glorious sunshine, but that time will come soon enough.

One of the special treats a lot of us look forward to eating are candy canes. They are relatively low in calories (if you have just one) and are fat-free. But they are loaded with peppermint. Unfortunately, this holiday herb (and it's other festive cousin, sage) inhibits milk production. Every woman is different so we're not entirely sure how much peppermint it takes to affect supply, but it is certainly something to be aware of when choosing holiday treats.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us to you! And please join us this Thursday at 10 am for our final meeting of 2015.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Become an LLL Lynchburg Member!

It's so lovely to find a group of moms that support your mothering and you and your child's breastfeeding journey. La Leche League is a group of trained mothers of breastfed children that are available to help moms when they encounter difficulties or when they are in need of solid information. We do this over the phone and in email. La Leche League also holds monthly meetings, and it is through these meetings that moms receive answers, but they also receive support from Leaders and other attending mothers.

Breastfeeding moms don't always have technical questions. I'd argue that many moms just need to know that what they are experiencing (the tough parts) are temporary, that they aren't the first moms to be utterly exhausted. That all of us, at one point or another, wonder when the heck this weaning is actually going to happen. Some moms find their tribe in La Leche League.

Leaders are volunteers. We try not to spend our own money on incidentals, and certainly not on Leadership dues, but it can be expensive. Besides the dues, we have quite a few mothers pursuing leadership, which is so very exciting, but also an added expense. While we do hold fundraisers, most often in the form of profit-shares, you can help bolster our Treasury by becoming an LLL Lynchburg member. The cost is $30. The money ensures that our group remains strong and a resource to mothers in our area that need and desire our support.

If you have been touched by our local group, please consider becoming a member. We accept cash and checks made out to LLL Lynchburg. Please contact Terese, at terese118@gmail.com with any questions, or for more information. Thank you for consideration!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thank You, Lisa!

The Lynchburg breastfeeding community has experienced a loss. Our very own Lisa W. is moving to Florida with her family. She was our best phone contact, initiated and ran our yoga group for moms and their children, and is an all around kind person. Our loss is Florida's gain! Thank you, Lisa, so much for supporting moms and helping us become better parents. We will miss you so much!

While we are sad to lose Lisa's presence at meetings and during yoga, she consents to continue as an email contact for area to moms needing breastfeeding help. Additionally, Lisa will support our Leader Applicants. We're excited Lisa is not quite gone.

Finally, we welcome KATHERINE S., as the new Mommy Me yoga instructor! We are so happy Katherine will continue this valuable class for moms looking to exercise with their littles and looking for mother to mother camaraderie and support. Please "LIKE" our Facebook page - La Leche League of Lynchburg, VA - to receive updates and class information from Katherine.

We'll miss you, Lisa! Thank you for your help in putting our LLL group in an exciting position of growth.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Advantages of Breastfeeding

Happy almost summer! While we settle into June, I want to return to a fun conversation we had at our May gathering. The set topic of the May meeting was the advantages of breastfeeding. We usually have a mix of experienced moms and new moms of one, so we generally run the gamut of reasons to breastfeed during this topic. A few favorites:

Babe receives comfort and sustenance while sick. Stomach virus was going around the area in May - not fun! If the breastfed baby does get sick (it happens!), they are generally still tolerant and happy with breastmilk, if nothing else.

The breast cures all. Did your babe fall? Older baby flipping out for an unidentified reason? Many babes quiet when offered the breast if they are upset.

Convenient. Travelling? With an under 6 month old, you're all set!

Burns calories. In the beginning, many moms burn up to 500 calories per day - that's worth a lot of running!

Figure returns sooner. Breastfeeding stimulates oxytocin release which helps the uterus return to it's no baby size. Couple that with the calories required to produce milk, and... Awesome.

There are so many other advantages! Please join us at our June meeting and share why you love breastfeeding. Not in love? That's ok; you're welcome too.