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Single Parenthood: Finding My Community

Jocelyn, Seattle, Washington My Family My son, Carter, was born almost three years ago at my home in Seattle, Washington. The journey of becoming a parent has been an interesting one that started even before his birth. Carter’s… Read More

My La Leche League: Finding Support, Embracing Differences

Anna, Minneapolis, Minnesota I’m a work-at-home parent in Minneapolis with two spectacular children: a four-year-old and a 22-month-old. Our family is incredibly high-energy and talkative. One thing I love about us is that we always share our feelings… Read More

The Making of a Mother

Amy Nelson, Yankton, South Dakota I physically became a mother nearly 18 years ago when my oldest daughter was born. Yet the mother I am today is nothing like the unsure 22-year-old I was when I first held… Read More

Toddler Tips: Preparing for a Family Vacation

“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,… Read More

Why Breastfed Babies Wake During the Night

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… Read More

Mothering Lessons I’ve Learned So Far

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… Read More

Staying Home: Perceived Free Time

“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… Read More

Looking Back: The Time of Our Lives

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… Read More

What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding the First Time Around

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… Read More

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

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…. Read More