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Toddler Tips: Preparing for a Family Vacation

March 21st, 2017

“In a couple months, my family, which includes three children ages 11, 7, and 3, is going on vacation to a large resort/amusement park. I’m a little worried about keeping our youngest child safe in a new environment, especially one so large and crowded with people. I’m also worried that my three-year-old will be completely […]

Why Breastfed Babies Wake During the Night

February 14th, 2017

By Rita Brhel, Hastings, Nebraska The question “Does your baby sleep through the night?” is as old as the hills. Given that interrupted sleep is a major stressor for new parents, this question makes sense. The transition that happens in those early weeks would undoubtedly be easier if they would be able to get a good […]

Mothering Lessons I’ve Learned So Far

February 7th, 2017

Jean Merrill, Maryland Isn’t it fantastically therapeutic to brainstorm with other like-minded mothers traveling down the same bumpy mothering road? That mother-to-mother sharing of ideas is profoundly valuable. You troubleshoot together, take what works for you, your baby and situation, and leave the ideas that aren’t a perfect fit. Learning from each other makes us […]

Staying Home: Perceived Free Time

January 24th, 2017

“My days are full as I stay at home to care for my three-year-old and six-month-old children. Now that my youngest is past the newborn stage, I feel as if I’m in a really good place as far as settling into a routine and being able to balance household responsibilities as well as caring for […]

Looking Back: The Time of Our Lives

January 10th, 2017

Sandi Cianciola, Ohio Originally published in January/February 1983 issue of La Leche League News Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued to be published until 2014 when it transitioned to its current blog format at www.lllusa.org/blog/. Nobody ever told me […]

What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding the First Time Around

November 8th, 2016

By Kendra Atkins-Boyce, Portland, Oregon I knew all about breastfeeding before I really understood that breasts could have another function besides nourishing an infant. My aunt was a lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader. My mother nursed both of her children into toddlerhood. I overheard countless conversations about cracked nipples and using cabbage leaves […]

Newborns: A Quick Look at Keeping Up Energy, Connection, and Milk Supply

October 20th, 2016

Allyson Wessells, Columbus, Ohio Maintaining energy, connection, and milk supply with a newborn is a fine balance. In the early days, energy is hopefully replenished with sleep and nutritious meals while others help with cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Sustain that connection by holding and wearing baby. Feed baby on cue. Milk supply is maintained with […]

Looking Back: It All Comes Out in the Wash

September 20th, 2016

Marilyn Stilley, Tulsa, Oklahoma Originally published in January/February 1973 issue of La Leche League News Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued to be published until 2014 when it transitioned to its current blog format at www.lllusa.org/blog/. My fourth is […]

Why is Mothering Lonely When We are Never Alone? 

September 13th, 2016

A Look at Baby Blues and Building a Mothering Community. Jean Merrill, Maryland Who would have thought that motherhood could feel so lonely despite being surrounded by little ones all the time? It is a conundrum: wanting to be with our babies all the time, but also feeling isolated by our new mothering roles. Often, […]

How La Leche League Philosophy Inspires and Guides My Mothering

July 12th, 2016

Allyson Wessells, Columbus, Ohio “Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.” “From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.” La Leche League philosophy statements, if taken in order, begin and end as one […]

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