Sometimes breastfeeding families are challenged with thoughtless remarks by others. Today's blog shares response tips for these types of comments. Read more in "Dealing With Thoughtless Remarks" here.
"In my mind, these three very different breastfeeding experiences serve as a strong indication that lactation really is a super power!" says one mother who shares her personal story in this week's blog "Breastfeeding is My Superpower". Read more here.
My breastfeeding journey began when I gave birth to my first daughter, Tayla. I was 21 years old and completely naive about breastfeeding. I had no role models, support or information, I just somehow knew I was going to do it. My nipples were inverted and I had no help or advice with latching so ended up with severely cracked nipples. I called La Leche League for help with latching, then expressed milk for a week or so until my nipples were healed and then carried on with breastfeeding.
When I had my first baby, I was very determined to breastfeed even though I had barely seen anyone breastfeeding while growing up in France. None of my family members (mother, aunties, cousins) had breastfed their babies nor did any of my friends with the exception of my sister-in-law. She breastfed her three boys until they were almost two (but people looked at her like she was an alien). But from what I had gathered through my antenatal classes and the information I had researched online, I was convinced that breastfeeding was the best for my baby.
Recurrent mastitis & baby's tongue-tie did not stop this mother from breastfeeding: "I wanted to share the beginning of our story because I hope it can inspire others to keep going, find support, and know that they are not alone in their struggles." Read more in this week's blog here.
"I am so thankful that I became a part of my local La Leche League group. Without the support, information and contacts of the group, my second breastfeeding experience may not have been so positive." Read more about one mother's challenging experience breastfeeding her second baby in this week's blog here.
"Mothers who breastfeed are at significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who do not. More people need to understand that breastfeeding appears to have substantial long-term effects on women’s health". Read more in this week's LLLC Supporting Breastfeeding blog here.
What was it like breastfeeding a baby twenty-five years ago? Well, much more difficult than it is today in some ways and pretty much the same in others. We've learned that needs can’t be put off to some convenient time, and it’s how we tend to those needs today is already determining the shape of tomorrow. Read more here in this week's LLLC blog post A Look Back: A Whole New Way of Life.