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!

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.

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!

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.