Just a few weeks after my first baby was born, I got up the courage to go to a La Leche League meeting. Why did I go? Because I had a problem. In the hospital, they’d taught me to breastfeed in one position, and while it worked, it was increasingly awkward as my baby, Matthew, grew bigger. Nursing was going okay, but I wanted to be able to sit on a bench in the mall and feed my baby in a more relaxed, comfortable position. Every time I tried to latch him on that way, he’d just cry, like he didn’t know what I was trying to do.
I had my first baby in February in Montreal and I can tell you the whole house was freezing. She cried when I bathed her in the kitchen and even when I turned up the heat in the bathroom. I didn’t want bath time to be a bad experience, so I thought about what I could do to make it better.
La Leche League (LLL) was created to provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. In fact, LLL Canada’s mission is:
To encourage, promote and provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.
This is why every LLL Leader has been a breastfeeding mother herself. We do not provide medical information, and we’re not licensed professionals. We’re trained volunteers who draw from referenced LLL materials and our own experiences.