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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Beware the Peppermint

We are deep into December and we hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. Hanukkah just finished and Christmas is upon us. It's been pretty warm but totally possible for us to ready for winter. It's not always necessary to wear sweaters and drink hot chocolate outside with this glorious sunshine, but that time will come soon enough.

One of the special treats a lot of us look forward to eating are candy canes. They are relatively low in calories (if you have just one) and are fat-free. But they are loaded with peppermint. Unfortunately, this holiday herb (and it's other festive cousin, sage) inhibits milk production. Every woman is different so we're not entirely sure how much peppermint it takes to affect supply, but it is certainly something to be aware of when choosing holiday treats.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us to you! And please join us this Thursday at 10 am for our final meeting of 2015.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Become an LLL Lynchburg Member!

It's so lovely to find a group of moms that support your mothering and you and your child's breastfeeding journey. La Leche League is a group of trained mothers of breastfed children that are available to help moms when they encounter difficulties or when they are in need of solid information. We do this over the phone and in email. La Leche League also holds monthly meetings, and it is through these meetings that moms receive answers, but they also receive support from Leaders and other attending mothers.

Breastfeeding moms don't always have technical questions. I'd argue that many moms just need to know that what they are experiencing (the tough parts) are temporary, that they aren't the first moms to be utterly exhausted. That all of us, at one point or another, wonder when the heck this weaning is actually going to happen. Some moms find their tribe in La Leche League.

Leaders are volunteers. We try not to spend our own money on incidentals, and certainly not on Leadership dues, but it can be expensive. Besides the dues, we have quite a few mothers pursuing leadership, which is so very exciting, but also an added expense. While we do hold fundraisers, most often in the form of profit-shares, you can help bolster our Treasury by becoming an LLL Lynchburg member. The cost is $30. The money ensures that our group remains strong and a resource to mothers in our area that need and desire our support.

If you have been touched by our local group, please consider becoming a member. We accept cash and checks made out to LLL Lynchburg. Please contact Terese, at terese118@gmail.com with any questions, or for more information. Thank you for consideration!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thank You, Lisa!

The Lynchburg breastfeeding community has experienced a loss. Our very own Lisa W. is moving to Florida with her family. She was our best phone contact, initiated and ran our yoga group for moms and their children, and is an all around kind person. Our loss is Florida's gain! Thank you, Lisa, so much for supporting moms and helping us become better parents. We will miss you so much!

While we are sad to lose Lisa's presence at meetings and during yoga, she consents to continue as an email contact for area to moms needing breastfeeding help. Additionally, Lisa will support our Leader Applicants. We're excited Lisa is not quite gone.

Finally, we welcome KATHERINE S., as the new Mommy Me yoga instructor! We are so happy Katherine will continue this valuable class for moms looking to exercise with their littles and looking for mother to mother camaraderie and support. Please "LIKE" our Facebook page - La Leche League of Lynchburg, VA - to receive updates and class information from Katherine.

We'll miss you, Lisa! Thank you for your help in putting our LLL group in an exciting position of growth.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Advantages of Breastfeeding

Happy almost summer! While we settle into June, I want to return to a fun conversation we had at our May gathering. The set topic of the May meeting was the advantages of breastfeeding. We usually have a mix of experienced moms and new moms of one, so we generally run the gamut of reasons to breastfeed during this topic. A few favorites:

Babe receives comfort and sustenance while sick. Stomach virus was going around the area in May - not fun! If the breastfed baby does get sick (it happens!), they are generally still tolerant and happy with breastmilk, if nothing else.

The breast cures all. Did your babe fall? Older baby flipping out for an unidentified reason? Many babes quiet when offered the breast if they are upset.

Convenient. Travelling? With an under 6 month old, you're all set!

Burns calories. In the beginning, many moms burn up to 500 calories per day - that's worth a lot of running!

Figure returns sooner. Breastfeeding stimulates oxytocin release which helps the uterus return to it's no baby size. Couple that with the calories required to produce milk, and... Awesome.

There are so many other advantages! Please join us at our June meeting and share why you love breastfeeding. Not in love? That's ok; you're welcome too.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Breastfeeding is Welcome in Lynchburg!

Ninety percent of mothers discharged from Lynchburg's Virginia Baptist Hospital breastfeed. This tells us that mothers need places to breastfeed where they feel safe and respected. While there are many places in Lynchburg that are breastfeeding friendly, Amazement Square and Market at Main, both quickly come to mind, sometimes mothers feel iffy. Many of us know that we have the law on our side, with Virginia's newly passed legislation protecting the right of mother's to breastfeed in public. But sometimes, to some moms, that knowledge isn't enough. And we want to know specifically that breastfeeding is welcome and even promoted.

La Leche League is really excited that there is currently a campaign based in Lynchburg called "Breastfeeding Welcome Here." It is funded by the Virginia Health Department and Live Healthy Lynchburg. Mothers, many associated with The Motherhood Collective, are distributing blue and white stickers that businesses place on their windows or doors. These stickers let mothers know that they can in fact breastfeed and feel comfortable in doing so.

Let us support these businesses that support mothers and families!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Meeting Canceled

Happy winter, mamas! We hope you are safe and warm and snuggling your babies. Our meeting is canceled, as Lynchburg City Schools are closed tomorrow. Please come see us in March.

Take care!