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Positioning and Latch

Helping to Get Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start: Frequent Access

April 25th, 2017

Rita Brhel, Hastings, Nebraska After years of supporting mothers at all stages of breastfeeding, I’ve learned that there are four key areas to focus on to help mothers get breastfeeding off to a good start: milk supply, latch, frequent access to the breast, and skin-to-skin contact. In this post, let’s explore access to the breast […]

Helping to Get Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start: Latch

April 11th, 2017

Rita Brhel, Hastings, Nebraska After years of supporting mothers at all stages of breastfeeding, I’ve learned that there are four key areas to focus on to get breastfeeding off to a good start: milk supply, latch, frequent access to the breast, and skin-to-skin contact. Let’s explore latch. Frequent breast milk removal is key to building […]

Helping to Get Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start: Milk Supply

March 28th, 2017

Rita Brhel, Hastings, Nebraska After years of supporting mothers at all stages of breastfeeding, I’ve learned that there are four key areas to focus on when helping mothers get breastfeeding off to a good start: milk supply, latch, frequent access to the breast, and skin-to-skin contact. In this post, let’s begin by exploring milk supply. […]

Looking Back: She’s an Expert

March 14th, 2017

Beverly Sykes, Oakland, California Originally published in November/December 1970 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/. I’m sure that […]

Lie Back and Relax! A Look at Laid-Back Breastfeeding

February 28th, 2017

Jean Merrill, Maryland What is more relaxing than chilling out in your recliner? Not much, and research has shown that breastfeeding our babies in this reclined position stimulates natural feeding reflexes in both mothers and babies. So, you have full biological permission to chill out and breastfeed your baby as you lie back and relax! […]

Breastfeeding and Motor Development: Mutually Beneficial!

January 3rd, 2017

Allyson Wessells, Columbus, Ohio I became a physical therapist in 1999, a mother in 2007, and a La Leche League Leader in 2009. The parallels of these are interesting and revealing as I reflect back on them. As a physical therapist, I learned extensively about how human development unfolds, at least from a textbook perspective: […]

Our Latching Story

February 2nd, 2016

– By Tamsen Troy, Charleston, South Carolina My daughter, Gemma, was born in December 2012. She rested on my chest, skin-to-skin, and I was eager to begin nursing. Gemma was healthy and alert. She latched well, and I had a lot of great advice from the nurses during our hospital stay. One nurse showed me […]