The La Leche League is a wonderful resource for breastfeeding mothers. They offer breastfeeding support, conversation, and troubleshooting advice from other breastfeeding mothers.
La Leche League's Mission Statement
La Leche League's mission statement is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. They hope to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Breastfeeding and Babies
Breastfeeding is better for babies than bottle feeding. Breast milk offers the perfect diet for your child-the perfect amount of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. It also offers antibodies, which are important for the health of your baby. Statistics have shown that babies who were breastfed have higher IQs and fewer incidences of health issues such as diabetes, allergies, and asthma.
Breastfeeding and Mothers
Breastfeeding is also good for mothers. Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased incidence of many health complications, including breast cancer. Breastfeeding also offers a better chance for bonding with your baby than bottle feeding.
If you are having difficulty breastfeeding, La Leche League is the place to go. If you can't attend a meeting, contact a local leader. She may be able to point you in the direction of a local resource. Their website also offers answers to common questions and troubleshooting advice. They will even help with information about thrush and mastitis. They even offer a catalogue full of breastfeeding books and other information.
How to Find a Local Group
If you are having breastfeeding difficulty or want to find a La Leche League meeting, click here. At a local meeting, you will be able to meet with other breastfeeding mothers. They will share their trials, tribulations, and the things that helped them become successful at breastfeeding. They will share breastfeeding positions with you, tips for sore nipples, and help you troubleshoot if you are having latch difficulty. Some mothers just go to meetings so they have a chance to get out of the house and socialize.
Aren't They for Granolas or Hippies?
Nope, this is a common misconception, members are committed to breastfeeding and that's it. Members consist of stay at home moms, lawyers, doctors, and other professionals. You may find that meetings tend to lean toward the natural side of parenting and you may find mothers breastfeeding their babies beyond the standard six months to a year we see in this country. But, most of the women are fairly mainstream.
But Aren't Members a Little Extreme?
Like in any group, there are going to be extreme members. And, sometimes the extreme members are the loudest. There are going to be members who feel that mothers should breastfeed their children way past two years old and members who compare formula to rat poison. But, La Leche League does offer such a valuable resource for breastfeeding mothers that you shouldn't discount this group. You may find other mothers like you, and you may find what you need to continue breastfeeding.