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, December 18, 2013

Membership Drive for 2014

Membership Drive Update:

Buy an annual La Leche League of Lynchburg, VA membership for the newly lowered price of $30 and you will be entered to win the following:

VA Diaper Co: Wet Bag and 10% off Coupon
Sweet Peas Consignment: Gift Certificate
Love Muffin Goods: 10 wipes and a Taggie Blanket
Spring Hill Farms: $25 Gift Certificate
Anna Davis: Gift Certificate toward Doula Services
Sincerely, Liz Photography: Brand New Baby Session (a $250 value)

The drawing will take place at the end of our January monthly meeting. Thank you to our friends at all these amazing local businesses! We expect a few more prize submissions and will be sure to update this list.

Thank you, Jessica Reagan for all of your hard work!

Our meeting is tomorrow, Thursday - you can certainly buy a membership then!

Friday, December 13, 2013

LLL Fundraising Drive

As many of you know, LLL is in the midst of a fundraising drive. We have three phases:

1. Our LLL fundraiser and Chipotle. It was a success! We raised well over $100. Thank you so much to everyone that came out and enjoyed Chipotle while also supporting a group. We can't wait to do it again, or something similar.

2. End of year giving to LLL of Lynchburg. This is ongoing, and we'd like to remind you to keep our group in mind when you do your end-of-year charity giving, or if you donate money to a non-profit in other's names. We will also greatly accept your direct donations. Lisa Wixted is our group Treasurer, so if you have any tax questions, or the like, please contact Lisa.

Thank you to Katy L. Middleton for your kind donation!

3. Membership Drive. This is new and a very exciting development. We will be selling annual LLL memberships from now until the end of our January monthly meeting for $30. We will add every buyer's name into a drawing for a prize. The prize basket is amazing! It includes goods, services and/or gift certificates from the following local businesses:

Virginia Diaper Co.
Sweet Peas Consignment
Love Muffin Goods
Spring Hill Farms
Anna Davis (Doula)
Sincerely, Liz Photography

Please note that we have learned we can set our own group membership price. We appreciate that money remains tight for many families and to make membership more affordable ***we are lowering our annual membership price to $30. (Original price was $40.)***

Become a member of our group for 2014, and you could win products from all the awesome businesses listed above. (And we thank them so much for supporting LLL!)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Breastfeeding, First Solid Foods, and Allergies

In the spirit of good eating, take a look at this article recently posted on the NY Times website. Here's the link. The gist of the article is that infants should exclusively breastfeed until 4-6 months (LLL and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 6 months, generally), and to continue breastfeeding when introducing new foods and cow's milk. The thinking is that the immunological properties found in breast milk help protect infants against allergies.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happiness: Eating Chipotle, Earning Money for LLL of Lynchburg

We are so excited to announce our Chipotle fundraiser!

Please come to the Wards Road Chipotle on Monday, December 9 between 4pm - 8pm, tell the cashier your at Chipotle supporting La Leche League, and La Leche League of Lynchburg, VA will receive 50% of the profits. This is a huge deal - please tell your family and friends and come eat delicious Chipotle food on December 9!

If you prefer showing a flyer instead of telling the cashier, please email me at terese118@gmail.com and will email you a pdf. Either show the cashier your smartphone or print it out. Or tell them! Whatever suits you.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Interested in LLL Leadership?

Below are the ten points of LLL philosophy. If you are in general agreement with the below list, and have the desire to support breastfeeding mothers, please contact LLL Leaders Catherine, Lisa, or Terese to further explore Leadership. All three of us will be at this Thursday's monthly meeting. We hope to see you there!

La Leche League Philosophy

1.       Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
2.       Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
3.       In the early years, the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
4.       Breast milk is the superior infant food.
5.       For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, approximately in the middle of the first year.
6.       Ideally, the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
7.       Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
8.       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.
9.       Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
10.    From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Join Us!

Our August gathering meets tomorrow, Thursday, August 15, at 10 am. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Latch

We've had a full house at the last few months of our local LLL meetings! It's always heartening to see new moms come for the first time in need of assistance or mom-to-mom support, and we love to see repeat moms. Watching babies grow month to month is such a pleasure.

One of the most common concerns new moms experience in breastfeeding is nipple pain. In fact, it's more of a challenge then a concern. So many moms feel desperate to just get their nipple into their newborns mouth, that it's easy to lose focus on encouraging a deep latch. What's happening to cause such pain is the following: in a shallow latch, babe is drawing in mom's nipple and generally crushing the nipple into the top of the hard palate. Ouch!

The first focus of a new breastfeeding mom is encourage babe to take the entire nipple and much of the areola into her babe's mouth. At our meetings and on the phone, we refer moms to google "The Flipple" technique. A brief explanation - By placing your finger on top of your nipple you are guiding your nipple to point upwards. Once babe opens her mouth wide, use your finger to flip your nipple into her mouth. Another way to think of it is this: your nipple is pointed up, above babe's mouth, and once her mouth opens wide, you allow your nipple (and areola) to drop into her mouth.

Another helpful link is found HERE, and is from the llli.org website.

We know that sometimes there is more going on in relation to sore nipples - maybe babe has a weak suck due to tongue tie. But focus first on a really great latch. That has brought many moms relief (and to babes, full bellies.)

Monday, March 18, 2013

(Almost) Immediate Relief

Breastfeeding moms will probably experience a plugged duct at one point or another. There are simple ways to work a plug and free the flow of milk. Wet, hot compresses can work wonders, and quickly. Oftentimes, if you can get away for a shower, standing under a warm shower while massaging the affected area can provide quick relief. Nursing your babe with his chin pointed in the direction of the plug can also help. Preventive measures include wearing loose clothing as much as possible and doing your best not to sleep with your arm under your breast while on your stomach. Pressure from your body and clothing can cause plugged ducts.

Some breastfeeding moms may experience a milk blister - some refer to it as a milk bleb. This is when pores in the nipple become plugged with milk that eventually dries and becomes a blister/bleb near the surface of the skin. These can be quite painful. If you find a white spot on your nipple, follow the suggestions in the link below. The "last resort option" is cited from the latest edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

At home remedies from Mothering.com, click here.

I hope you find the suggestions helpful! Please join us this Thursday at 10am for the March meeting of La Leche League of Lynchburg for additional breastfeeding support and fellowship with like-minded moms. Grandmas and children are always welcome.

Terese