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!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Possibly, our funnest activity this summer was participating in the World Breastfeeding Week 5K Race and Family Fun Walk sponsored by Lactation Health Resources (operated by Lisa Settje, IBCLC). LLL provided a nursing area during this fun-filled morning. We look forward to participating again the first Saturday of August 2015!
We've also ramped up our fundraising efforts. Running LLL of Lynchburg costs money! We are grateful to have breastfeeding mothers in Leadership Training. Along with that comes increased Leader dues requirements. To help offset our expenses, we have a quarterly fundraiser at Sweet Frog on Forest - yum! We'll post the next date when it is close.
T-shirts are always a fun idea, and we'll soon set up a LLL of Lynchurg t-shirt fundraiser. Our theme is "Eat Local."
Lauren C, LLL mom extraordinaire, is our Wednesday playgroup coordinator. Join our yahoo group or LLL of Lynchburg Facebook page to receive updates on what time and where, playgroup will meet on any given Wednesday.
Lisa W. continues to provide fun, weekly mommy and me yoga classes with an American Sign Language component. Come, move around with your kids and local mommas and learn a new language!
Most importantly, our monthly meetings continue to meet every third Thursday at 10am at First Christian Church. Come for mother to mother support and to meet new moms and kids. Our next meeting is November 20. We hope you can make it!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Spring colds abound - if you or your children have the sniffles, please see us in May. If you are under the weather and need support or have a question, please contact one of us (Terese, Catherine, or Lisa) in the meantime.
See you soon!
Friday, March 14, 2014
My intention was to share all my tips and notes with anyone interested. After all, this is my first time having a baby while being so involved in LLL. Instead, I'm going to share one thing now. Here it is: Enjoy the moment.
I know this sounds super zen, and in a sense it is. But many moms will share that mothering a newborn is one of the most challenging things they will ever accomplish in life. Sleep deprivation is difficult! And breastfeeding, while instinctual to mother and baby, may present its own set of difficulties (I figured out my daughter is intolerant to dairy and soy, but not before thinking she was colicky in the evenings through to morning - she's not.) There will definitely be times that moms will want a break. They'll crave it. And that is ok, acceptable and healthy. Yet moms won't always get that break when they most want it.
So, Moms: Avoid falling into the trap of imagining all the cleaning, reading, bathing and sleeping you are going to accomplish while you *think* your babe is about to fall asleep. Chances are you'll do something to rouse baby (or she'll rouse herself), and guess what! You have her wakeful company for awhile longer, and then you are inevitably frustrated. Quite. And sometimes this can lead to an unhappy mama in tears. (This will happen to every mother at least once. At least. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone in this.)
Close your eyes, breathe, and appreciate that you are at peace *in that moment.* Instead of looking forward to that amazing shower, kiss your baby's head, revel in her scent, love on her. Trust - fully embracing the present will help keep you sane and maybe happier. After all, you never know when she'll gift you with an unexpected sleep - babies are funny in that sense.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
There is still time to win really great prizes.
The drawing will take place at the END of our FEBRUARY meeting. Come a few minutes early and buy a membership! (Or prior to 10:55, and just let one of the Leaders know you are interested.) The cost is $30 and we take cash or check. Lisa is our Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org - please contact her with any questions.
One lucky winner will receive a prize basket with the following-
Sincerely, Liz Photography: Brand New Baby Session (a $250 value!!)
Sincerely, Liz, Inc.
VA Diaper Co: Wet Bag and 10% off Coupon
Virginia Diaper Company
Sweet Peas Consignment: Gift Certificate
Sweet Peas Children's Consignment Boutique
Love Muffin Goods: 10 wipes and a Taggie Blanket
Spring Hill Farms: $25 Gift Certificate
Anna Davis: Gift Certificate toward Doula Services
Thank you to our friends at all these amazing local businesses!
And definitely check out the businesses that are supporting La Leche League of Lynchburg, VA!
See you next Thursday!
Monday, January 13, 2014
This meeting (like all of our meetings) is free, but please consider buying a $30 membership to our local group. You will be entered to win an amazing prize basket of goodies, including a Brand New Baby photo session donated by Sincerely, Liz, Inc. The drawing will take place at our February meeting. Our group accepts cash and check.
Finally, we are asking mothers and other breastfeeding friends who have attended at least one of our meetings to complete this short survey - www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSYWTND
We hope to see you Thursday!