La Leche League turns 62 this month!
If you are curious about how the organization was born, check out this blog post from our parent blog, La Leche League USA. During the 1950s there was little information about breastfeeding in the US and no internet to search! In the early days, LLL Founders answered long questions by phone at home with long curly cords stretching around doorways and toddlers. They gathered around kitchen tables to hand write letters in answer to questions delivered by foot to their home mailboxes. Even in the early 1990s, Founders would answer answer questions one by one. Once when I called to ask a question on behalf of a Salt Lake mom, one of the founders took my call and sent a big manila envelope stuffed with articles and encouragement to share.
One-on-one parenting and mentoring support remains the heart and soul of La Leche League. There is nothing like the sharing that happens when we get together in person holding our babies. You may have a chance to tell your story or meet a great new friend. We hope you will join us at an upcoming meeting — perhaps tomorrow.
Welcome! La Leche League blossoms with each new family.
Please join us in our new location for fall:
Cafe on 1st
(in the Avenues, corner of “I” Street & First Avenue)
We will meet to visit, address burning questions, and make new friends from 10 am until 12 noon Thursday September 23rd.
During the first hour local photographer and nursing mom Timbra Wiist of Landslide Photography will be snapping images of the Cafe on behalf of the US Breastfeeding Committee’s campaign to encourage community support for breastfeeding. The Utah Breastfeeding Coalition will produce a poster illustrating how Utah opens it doors for breastfeeding. If you and your child would enjoy having your photo taken as part of this project, you may give permission in writing. If you would like to visit with other moms privately and off-camera, don’t worry! No photos will be taken without permission and we will continue visiting the rest of the morning without a photographer on site.
Participants may enjoy a few complimentary images, courtesy of the photographer. Curious about her work? Visit her website, and browse ours here! Timbra provided many of the images.
Hope to see you at Cafe Day, feel free to bring your questions or a curious friend and enjoy a cuppa. Look for new friends and old inside on the couches!
Thanks to everyone who came to the City Library yesterday for our Evening Series Meeting. It was Series 4, and officially the topic was Weaning and Starting Solids. We had a lot of smaller babies in attendance and allowed the conversation to stray to other topics as well.
Highlights included demonstrations of different nursing positions such as nursing on either side while lying down and a rousing endorsement of lying down with baby’s feet towards mom’s head rather than tummy to tummy (sometimes called an Australian position).
Don’t forget our special meeting next Thursday at 7pm at the City Library — bring baby’s dad and/or other important support people!
Evening Series Meeting returns to its usual location next month, in the Amicus Board Room in the Education Wing at LDS Hospital, at 7pm on Sept 16.
At yesterday’s Cafe Day we talked a bit about dressing for success with breastfeeding. One mom is looking for a nursing dress for a very special occasion and I suspect she is not alone. With that in mind I thought I’d link some shops that offer nursing dresses (& patterns) online and about town.
Of course there are many ways to use everyday clothes already in your closet to breastfeed comfortably wherever life takes you. For articles on all aspects of nursing in public, check out these LLLI articles. For one-on-one tips on nursing in public, dressing for comfortable nursing, and avoiding wardrobe malfunctions, come to any LLL meeting or Cafe Day and you are sure to get a live demo.
If you have other suggestions for nursing moms ready to dress up with a baby, please join in!
We had an energizing evening meeting last night with 3 members, 2 Leaders, and 9 children ( 2 in utero) in attendance! We had over 18 years of maternal nursing experience in the room! It was Series 4: Nutrition and Weaning, but since that topic didn’t really resonate with anyone in attendance we went with a more free-form meeting with no set agenda. It was wonderful! We discussed nursing in public – specifically the perceived and actual differences between nursing infants and older children – nursing while pregnant, and many other parenting topics.
The meeting truly reflected the mother-to-mother support that is the goal of LLL. Thanks to everyone who participates in meetings! We’re always glad to see you, hear your stories, receive your wisdom, and add to the collective body of mothering knowledge in the community.
We had a great Evening Meeting last night!
The topic was “Tips and Tricks for Successful Breastfeeding” and we had special focus on baby carriers with demonstrations.
Some of the suggestions from experienced moms in the group were: thinking of jobs that can be done in 15 minute increments so that you can feel a sense of completion; re-setting your expectations for how clean or organized your house will be when small people live in it; trying to live in the moment and enjoy being a mom rather than focusing on other tasks that might not be getting done; responding to unsolicited advice (‘Thanks for your suggestion. I will take it into consideration.’); and even giving unsolicited advice (“Can I help you with that baby carrier?” “You should make the choice that works for your family, but let me tell you what worked for my family…”)
It was wonderful that there were three moms attending pregnant with their first babies and even more wonderful that there were experienced moms attending to share their wisdom.
Remember – if the only people who came to meetings were in crisis there might not be anyone with solutions to share! LLL meetings are a place to celebrate your mothering successes, get support for your mothering challenges, contribute to and enjoy the community of mothers.
See you next month! Christy
We are adding a fourth meeting option for moms and cafe kids! On Thursday January 28th we will launch our winter season Cafe Day at Cafe Niche, 779 East 300 South, from 10 am until 12 noon.
Please join us if you would like to continue a conversation from a meeting, if you have an issue you’d like to explore, or if you’ve never been to a meeting but think you’d enjoy a cafe atmosphere. This is a great informal way to introduce a newborn, take a break, or get tips on that new baby carrier. Feel free to bring a friend or visiting grandmother. Leaders will also be on hand to help with any breastfeeding concerns.
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An overview of our 2010 monthly schedule of meetings follows:
1st Thursday 10:15 am Series Meeting
for expectant and nursing mothers exploring the full first year
2nd Thursday 10:15 am Nursing and Beyond
for mothers nursing beyond the first year
3rd Thursday 7 pm Evening Series
for expectant and nursing mothers exploring the full first year
4th Thursday 10 am Cafe Day
all conversations welcome!
We would like to include more people in more ways so we are exploring Cafe Days and Playgroups in addition to our more traditional meetings. Please let us know what you think!
All LLL gatherings are relaxed settings for discussion. All women are welcome to attend and we occasionally offer topics of special interest to the men and fathers in our children’s lives. Of course, babies and children are welcome and expected!