Happy Mothers, Breastfed Babies
All expectant, new, and experienced mothers and children are invited to attend.
Meetings are held on the third WEDNESDAY
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!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
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
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!
Terese Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lisa Wixted (email@example.com)
Catherine Delahunt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Read the article here.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
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 email@example.com if you plan on attending.
See you there!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
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 Review, an 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.
Monday, March 5, 2012
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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.