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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013!

The Lynchburg chapter of La Leche League had a wonderful year! We love meeting new moms - experienced and with firstborns - and we especially love moms who return (and bring their sweet babies!).

Please come see us in the new year. Our first meeting of 2013 is Thursday, January 17. 

We gently ask moms with colds or other illness to please skip the monthly meeting until they are well. Pregnant moms and very young infants attend meetings and we need these people healthy! If you must skip a meeting, please pose any questions to our yahoo group or contact any of the leaders at any time. (Contact Lisa if you'd like access to our yahoo group.) Additionally, please consider attending the weekly play group or Mommy and Me yoga when you and your children are feeling well again. Both weekly activities are free.

Happy New Year!

Terese

Friday, November 30, 2012

Breastfeeding During the Holidays

There are lots of excellent reasons to breastfeed. The obvious ones, including superior nutrition and mother-baby bonding are important, but I'm most thankful for my breastfeeding relationship with my son when he's ill. Or just down in the dumps - as a breastfed baby, he's rarely sick.

But it has happened. When he was about 15 months my entire family caught the most terrible stomach bug of all time. The only sustenance my babe wanted and could keep down was breast milk. It nourished his belly and body, and the breastfeeding comforted us both.

Now that the winter season is upon us, and we're getting together to shop, commune and celebrate, odds are you and your babe will encounter germs. While it's unlikely your family will be affected by the norovirus, you can probably count on you, your babe, or someone close to you getting, at least, the sniffles. Rest assured that breastfeeding will help get you both through any rough days. 

And if mom, you get sick, continue to breastfeed your child - you already shared your germs prior to your known symptoms. In short, your babe is exposed. It's very important to continue to nurse as your babe will need the immunological properties of your breast milk more than ever. This is how it works: You get sick > germs passed to babe > babes germs passed back to mom via breastfeeding > magic happens and the breast milk will now contain immunological properties specific to the actual sickness you both now have > babe ingests milk, feels better, gets better faster. Amazing!

Come join us in December (the third Thursday) and bring your questions regarding getting through the holidays with your babes. (Bring any breastfeeding / mothering breastfed baby questions, actually.)

I hope everyone enjoys December and all its holidays!

Terese.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Advantages of Breastfeeding

We had a great meeting today in which we discussed the advantages of breastfeeding. A broad topic, if there ever was one. Many moms discussed the advantages to us - feeling centered and relaxed from hormone release, being able to care for a sick babe when breast milk is all he'll ingest, simple convenience, the list continues.

While one of the main philosophies of La Leche League holds that in the best circumstances a babe (a child) will self-wean, LLL values and honors moms who breastfeed their babe at all. In the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, we learn the following:

IF you breastfed your baby just for a few days...he will have received your colostrum, or early milk - his first and easiest "immunization" that also gets his digestive system working smoothly (328).

IF you breastfed your baby for four to six weeks...you will have eased your baby through the most hazardous part of his infancy. Newborns who are not breastfed are much more likely to get sick or be hospitalized (329).

IF your start weaning at three to four months...her digestive system will have matured a great deal, and she will be much better able to tolerate all the foreign substances in formula. Giving nothing but your milk for the first four months gives strong protection against ear infections for at least six months (329).

IF your breastfeed your baby for six months...without adding any other food or drink, your baby will me much less likely to suffer an allergic reaction to formula or other foods (329).

IF you breastfeed your baby for nine months...he'll have the food he's designed for - your milk - through the fastest and most important brain and body development of his life (330).

Every bit of milk helps!

Friday, September 14, 2012

We Need Your Support!

We are writing to express our interest in increasing official membership within the La Leche League of Lynchburg group. We are also accepting donations. While the group meetings, leadership support, and associated informal groups (like the Wednesday playgroup) are always free of charge, there are many ways we put monetary funds to use.

Our biggest cost during the year is leadership dues which are $70 per leader per year. This money supports La Leche League - Old Dominion and La Leche League International. The funds offset administrative costs and the costs of producing authoritative breastfeeding research (reports, articles, studies, and other publications). Our local costs include publicity materials – business cards, printing costs, and signage. Finally, if there are funds, we buy books and other materials for our library.

If ever you wondered how you can support this wonderful organization, please consider buying an official membership. The price is $40 per year. We understand that is a substantial cost. However, if you are able to give even a small donation, we would be equally pleased. Please contact Lisa, Catherine, or Terese if you are interested in membership or donating to our group.

In any event, we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

WarmLLLy,
Terese Whitehead (terese118@gmail.com
Lisa Wixted (wixtedlf@hotmail.com)
Catherine Delahunt (cdelahunt@aol.com)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Milk Banks and Milk Sharing

USA Today recently published an article regarding the increased awareness of official milk banking and informal milk sharing networks. Generally, the breast milk donated to non profit organizations like the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is used in hospitals' NICUs for premature babies. The informal milk sharing networks, such as Human Milk 4 Human Babies connect donor moms with moms who want to feed their babe breast milk.

Read the article here.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mommy and Me Yoga Class

Please join us every Tuesday at 9:30 at First Christian Church in Lynchburg, for Mommy and Me Yoga Class. (We meet in the Hugh Toler room at the same building as the monthly La Leche League meetings.) 

Lisa, a LLL Leader, heads this free class which allows moms to have an opportunity to exercise with their baby, bond with their little one(s), be around other moms, and give your little ones a chance to be with other little guys too. Whether you are expecting a little one or if your baby is an infant, toddler, or older child, come by sometime to see if this class would be a fit for you. It's o.k. if you're little one is right there with you or just exploring. It's a fun opportunity to be together and exercise at your own pace. 



Please email Lisa at wixtedlf@hotmail.com if you plan on attending.






See you there!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Have you heard of Elisabeth Badinter's new book The Conflict:  How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women? It has touched a nerve.  The premise of the author's argument is that motherhood today (especially the promotion of breastfeeding) detrimentally stifles women's personal and professional lives. The Conflict has invited all sorts of passionate discussion from all sides of the issue.

My favorite response thus far is from a working, breastfeeding, co-sleeping mom and can be found here.

For other responses (because we're nothing if not inclusive of all information so as moms, dads and caretakers can make informed decisions) see Bloomberg Businessweek Book Reviewan article from the Slate conversation series in support of Badinter, and The New York Times Parenting blog.

Finally, from Badinter herself, a response from the criticism she has received regarding her thesis, is an article from the Washington Post.  See here.

Happy reading!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Breastfeeding in the News

Hello! One of my pleasures is reading news and current events while my babe naps or spend times with his grandma. I've read a few interesting articles regarding the breastfeeding world recently and I want to share.


The link below is an interview between an Attachment Parenting International (API) blogger and Mayim Bialik, who among many roles (Big Bang Theory actress, neuro-scientist) is also a La Leche League participant.  Mayim discusses at length her thoughts on attachment parenting and her support for extended breastfeeding.


http://attachmentparenting.org/blog/2012/03/05/a-mother-to-mother-conversation-with-mayim-bialik/

Time magazine online has an article explaining that the American Academy of Pediatricians has shifted their policy language regarding breastfeeding. It is no longer seen as a "lifestyle choice" by this group - they see it as an important public health issue. Details can be found in the link below.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/29/why-pediatricians-say-breast-feeding-is-about-public-health-not-just-lifestyle/

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Meeting Day!

LLL-Lynchburg will meet every third THURSDAY.  Same time, same place.  Please join us at the next meeting which takes place March 15 at 10 am.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Perspective

Winter is undoubtedly settling in - the nights are long and the temperatures are frigid.  (At least they are tonight - 18 degree low!)  For new moms this time of year can be especially difficult.  Newborn babes may be feeding every two hours, and that can make for a lonesome time during the night.  Then during the day, mom may be bleary-eyed and exhausted and maybe even a wee bit overwhelmed at the laundry piles and the glasses inevitably strewn around the bedroom, the living room, the kitchen...  Anyway, that was my experience!

During those times, when my son seemed glued to my chest and I fretted about all the straightening I needed to accomplish, and all the milestones I "needed" to record, I found solace and comfort in the following poem included in the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - it's called "Babies Don't Keep" by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton.

The cleaning and scrubbing
Can wait 'til tomorrow,
For babies grow up,
I've learned to my sorrow.


So, quiet down, cobwebs.
Dust, go to sleep.
I'm nursing my baby,
And babies don't keep.


My son is almost 14 months and every now and then I continue to tell the cobwebs to quiet down.  It puts me in the state of mind I need to fully enjoy my babe, even when it seems that there are a million other things to complete (or start!).

I hope everyone is enjoying these first days of 2012.  Here's to a happy, healthy, new year full of peace and joy and family fun.

Terese W.