La Leche League of Herndon Reston PM

La Leche League of Herndon Reston PM La Leche League is currently not holding in person meetings

We hope to be able to return to in person meetings once the pandemic is declared over and in person meetings are deemed safe

Operating as usual

06/16/2021

Has someone told you that these were a "mistake"? Well, simply put...they're wrong!

06/16/2021

Reminder: Be as gentle and kind to yourself as you would be to a mum friend

Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days
06/12/2021
Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

Congratulations! Here you are, gazing at your amazing newborn, completely overawed and overwhelmed at the prospect of nurturing and nourishing this little being. breastfeeding your baby feels like a huge responsibility, you desperately want to make this work but you have heard all sorts of stories a

Photos from Хайр's post
06/10/2021

Photos from Хайр's post

http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/articles/2010/8/13/the-magic-number-and-long-term-milk-production-part-1.html?fbclid=IwAR...
06/10/2021
The 'Magic Number' and Long-Term Milk Production (Parts I and II) — Nancy Mohrbacher

http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/articles/2010/8/13/the-magic-number-and-long-term-milk-production-part-1.html?fbclid=IwAR1pzu8JX398UFl0a22LjA1BcX1HBz7G6B4vi1Uqnt5p3walxWB90hXDdTQ

In my last blog post , I told a military mother who had returned to work at six weeks postpartum that she was making as much milk as her thriving baby would ever need.  To meet her breastfeeding goal of one year, I told her, “all she had to do was maintain her milk production.”  B

06/08/2021
06/07/2021
06/05/2021

S P R E A D
T H E
W O R D

Help stop pregnant people, new mothers, new fathers, new parents, seasoned parents from feeling:

💤Guilt

💤Confusion

💤Like they're doing something wrong

💤 That's their baby must be 'broken'

💤That they don't have sufficient milk to feed their baby

💤That they have to sleep train their baby

💤Like they can't trust their instincts

If you have a baby and they're waking all night to feed/stay alive (seeking comfort & security is a form of staying alive as far as they're concerned) 🎉CONGRATS 🎉 you have a gorgeously normal baby!!

7 Ways Partners Can Bond Without Bottles
06/05/2021
7 Ways Partners Can Bond Without Bottles

7 Ways Partners Can Bond Without Bottles

A mother with a baby snuggled at her breast strokes her baby’s deliciously smooth skin, ruffles the soft downy hair on his head and gazes into his eyes as the little one curls tiny fingers around mama’s hand and gazes trustingly back at the source of the sweet warm milk filling his belly. Is it ...

06/04/2021

I mean… yeah.

06/04/2021

Get in the picture!!

06/02/2021
Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days
05/30/2021
Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

Congratulations! Here you are, gazing at your amazing newborn, completely overawed and overwhelmed at the prospect of nurturing and nourishing this little being. breastfeeding your baby feels like a huge responsibility, you desperately want to make this work but you have heard all sorts of stories a

05/28/2021

Mama, you are magic
and you are medicine.

You are a reminder of the power of our grandmothers prayers.

Your milk is the nectar of life.

Your body is the holy land.
And the fertile crescent.

You are milk and honey
made manifest.

You are the abundance of life.
And the promise of future.

You are unbelievably beautiful
Just the way that you are.

You are a strong woman.
Who has come from a line of strong women.
Who is raising up the next generation of strong women. And men.
To walk in beauty.

You are the one you
have been waiting for.

You are a Life Giver.

And you are sacred.

Via @sacred.earth.motherhood on IG
Words by Oceana @sacred.earth.motherhood 🌹 https://instagram.com/sacred.earth.motherhood?utm_medium=copy_link

Reposted with permission from the gorgeous mama @roohiamber 💜 https://instagram.com/roohiamber?utm_medium=copy_link

No longer afraid of my imperfections. 📷: @lindseystewartphotography https://instagram.com/lindseystewartphotography?utm_medium=copy_link

05/28/2021

This photo is:

Real
Powerful
Motherhood
Tired
Badass
Exhausted
Strong
Boss
Goddess
Hard
Love
Beautiful

What other words would you use to describe this photo? 👇🏽

📸 by @slnado

Surrender is not a dirty word - Pinky McKay Official Website
05/28/2021
Surrender is not a dirty word - Pinky McKay Official Website

Surrender is not a dirty word - Pinky McKay Official Website

This surrender is not weak or submissive. It is not ‘giving in’. Surrender, in this context, is really about acceptance of where our child is at right now, as well as where we are as parents, and about ‘letting go’. Surrender means living in the present, not missing precious moments through ...

05/27/2021
05/23/2021

So beautiful!

05/21/2021

"Never. 💗"

#LoveWhatMatters

Credit: Mom in the Moment - Sydnei Kaplan, Writer

Timeline Photos
05/21/2021

Timeline Photos

Organisations committed to supporting breastfeeding and upholding the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes should not accept money from companies who undermine breastfeeding and harm our children's health.
#InternationalCode

05/20/2021

Got toddlers?
Got teens?
Both?

Source: Brittany Meng, the bam blog

05/18/2021

Our cultural views on postpartum are backwards.⠀

Of course having all of the adorable clothes, baby gadgets, pretty baby furniture (even if it holds laundry 24/7 instead of a baby 🙃), all of that, is definitely nice and pretty fun to pick out!⠀

But as a first time mom, that was as far as my thought process went.⠀

Because that's what our society tells us. "Buy all this stuff. Don't prepare for postpartum, we won't even help you prepare for it. We'll just sell you more crap when you feel like you're failing."⠀

Capitalism at it's finest.⠀

Making us believe material things are what's important.⠀

I think it's time we turn society on it's head, yea? ⠀

I think it's time we start preparing new parents for postpartum in real ways.⠀

We don't need all the stuff. Our babies don't need all the stuff. They only need us. And we need support.
Via Instagram @marissathemilkmom https://www.instagram.com/milkitivity_/

Timeline Photos
05/17/2021

Timeline Photos

05/16/2021

If you need anything, let me know, they said.

But the words wouldn’t come. I choked on them instead.

A slow death.

I wanted to say:

Can you pop in at bath time twice a week to give me a hand?

Maybe you could take them to the park on occasion so I could vacuum without the everlasting spread of crackers and requests challenging my progress.

I’d love some company for a babycino once a month. I want to listen to your work stories and ideally, you would not care if I had chocolate powder in my hair.

I guess you could call me to see how I was? But not in a way that seems condescending. Ask me like you are willing to listen to the answer. Ask me because you know the answer already. You’re around so much that you know the cues.

I know that by Friday I’m pretty tired. Dinner dropped at the door would be fab.

I’d love for you to sit in my garden while my children run naked on the lawn. I could grab the washing off and we could talk. Ideally, you wouldn’t think of it as odd if they did a wee on the grass.

We could cook for you. You’d be family. And you’d wash the dishes without hesitation, a team rather than a guest. We’d work together effortlessly. You’d know the bedtime routine, you’d tell the story. You would sit on the balcony whilst I feed and love them to sleep. You wouldn’t care how long that took. We have a nice view. You know where the kettle is.

I want you to be super excited about their first tooth.

I wish you would ask how feeding is going, even though they are nearly three.

I would like the conversation to include my two kids. If one starts to talk about the day we had our cat put down, again, I don’t want that to be weird.

I want to watch a kids movie with you at two in the afternoon.

Would that be too much to ask?

But it is. And so I say nothing.

Thanks, I’ll definitely let you know, I say. In the same way that we always do. In the same way that means we never will.

Posted from Instagram @heysleepybaby
https://instagram.com/heysleepybaby?igshid=19ss8hg9vv12e

✍️ 💜 Zelma @thepostnatalproject
https://instagram.com/thepostnatalproject?igshid=1wqao3t4g5f8c

Via @beyond_sleep_training_project https://instagram.com/beyond_sleep_training_project?igshid=1ehw1jzyg8fxs

📷 - Renee @vida_images https://instagram.com/vida_images?igshid=1j8rpbdnrinqo

05/15/2021

What if we saw children sleeping on us as a positive? What if we viewed the babies who refuse to go down to nap as a sign that we need to slow down?

What if we changed our perceptions on contact naps, and instead viewed them as an opportunity to relax?

Baby has just fallen asleep on me. I spend a few minutes browsing Facebook and then, my mind wonders towards the dishes piling up in the sink. The pile of laundry stacked up in the bathroom. The dust that has settled on the tv. I start to feel guilty. I start thinking about work that could be done. Or food that needs to be cooked. I try to put baby down, but no way. Baby is having NONE of it.

But what if, just say, WHAT IF this is how it is SUPPOSED to be? Alright yes, we know that evolutionary babies are designed to want to be close to their mothers, but what if that is also meant to work out for the mother to rest too. It’s meant to be for OUR benefit.
To sit back for just a moment, and forget about everything else going on in life.
To take in the beauty of our children, and REST.

Rest our minds.
And rest our bodies.

Childbirth has put our bodies under some serious stress. And there are always a million things that need to be done before the day is over. Perhaps our babies and children needing us to be still with them is natures way of telling us to slow down for just a moment.

Rest mama.
Take the opportunity ❤️

Busting the BS about Baby Sleep - Pinky McKay Official Website
05/13/2021
Busting the BS about Baby Sleep - Pinky McKay Official Website

Busting the BS about Baby Sleep - Pinky McKay Official Website

“Is he a good baby?” If you are a new parent, you can bet your boots this will be the first question everyone and his grandmother will ask you. Get that puzzled look off your face and come up with an answer quick, smart. Tell them, “no he’s a little brat, he’s already robbing banks!” Or,...

05/12/2021
5 fun facts you need to know about night time breastfeeds
05/11/2021
5 fun facts you need to know about night time breastfeeds

5 fun facts you need to know about night time breastfeeds

You are exhausted, you are recovering from growing and birthing your beautiful baby. And no, he doesn't sleep ‘all night ‘ yet (in infant sleep studies ‘all night’ is defined as five hours). If even five uninterrupted hours sleep sounds like a dream come true and the pressure to ‘teach’ ...

05/10/2021

Drop some balls!

Consider, what can you delete? Delegate? Simplify?

@ common wild

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