by Susan T.
When our firstborn L was a newborn, I was determined to breastfeed him despite a rocky start post C-section where I barely got a few drops out per feed the first week, a bit more the second week and only half an ounce per feed the third week. We
supplemented with formula until I was able to get enough supply to breastfeed exclusively at 5 weeks, thanks to the many tips from LLL leaders, doulas, other moms and IBCLCs.
by Jill Madison
When we learned, two trimesters ago, that I was pregnant with our second child, along with my joy came mixed emotions about what would and should happen to my breastfeeding relationship with my toddler son, Colm. Colm has always been an
enthusiastic breastfeeder, and, at 2.5 years old, nursing remains a central part of our relationship.
By Latisha McNeil
Winter. My daughter Bria was born in the winter. I knew breastfeeding was normal, and that I wanted to do it. Bria, however, KNEW we were going to breastfeed, and she communicated that clearly. Every time I felt like giving up, I could see Bria looking forward to latching on. Nursing was a big part of our bonding. La Leche League and my La Leche League Leader Aimee gave me what I needed to continue. Truly, Bria helped me with this, too.
By Kate Freeman
La Leche League Leader Barbara posed a query to one of the delightful moms who attends the LLL Midtown meetings: Kate, can you offer other mothers any tips, as a veteran mom?
Kate Freeman responded, with her usual brilliance:
1. If getting out the door is hard (and let's be honest, it's usually impossible), do as much as you can at night when kids are in bed: pack lunches, lay out clothes, pack bags, organize the stroller, fill up water bottles, pack snacks. That way, when the baby has to nurse and your toddler poops right as you are getting ready to leave, you'll only be 5-10 minutes late, instead of 30… Which leads to #2…
About the Authors
These posts were written by nursing moms (sometimes with their support persons) who attend(ed) LLL meetings in Manhattan. All stories were originally published in our newsletters.