La Leche League of Herndon Reston PM

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La Leche League USA
05/11/2020

La Leche League USA

Spread the word!
The World Health Organization has updated their COVID-19 recommendation to further clarify their continued support and encouragement of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin.
Read more and find more resources at our coronavirus resource page: https://lllusa.org/coronavirus-and-breastfeeding/

[Image text: The numerous benefits of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding at birth substantially outweigh the potential risks of transmission and illness associated with COVID-19. - World Health Organization]

La Leche League Northern Suburbs PERTH
05/11/2020

La Leche League Northern Suburbs PERTH

Getting well rested sleep looks different for every family, What works best for you and your family?
Want to #Learn more? Join one of our #Meetings
#Sharethelove #Sharewidely #LLLove #LLLAustralia
#Leader #Community

La Leche League USA
05/08/2020

La Leche League USA

Do you have trouble taking a break sometimes? How do you slow down?
[Image: Photo of person sitting nursing a child while a toddler watches. Text: Remember to take breaks to nurse. Watch for your baby's hunger cues. Nursing can help calm you as much as it does your baby.]

La Leche League USA
05/07/2020

La Leche League USA

We call this one "Day 25 of Quarantine".
“Silence!” by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1759.
#sleeplikeababy #breastfeedingistimeless
[Image: Painting of a seated woman with a sleeping baby at her breast. Another baby sleeps in a high chair and a child holds a small horn. Text: Breastfeeding is timeless.]

In light of continued concerns regarding COVID-19, all in-person meetings are suspended through, at least, May for most ...
05/04/2020

In light of continued concerns regarding COVID-19, all in-person meetings are suspended through, at least, May for most of Connecticut, including for the Milford/Orange/Shelton Group.

Shannon, Laura, and Helen are still available to help and support from a safe distance! We are available by email, phone, and on social media. Because of the freeze on in-person meetings, Leaders from around the state are also offering an array of virtual meeting opportunities on Facebook and Zoom and we’re pitching in. Worried your little one(s) will be loud, that you haven’t brushed your hair, or you won’t know what to say? No worries! Please come as you are to ALL La Leche League gatherings. An up-to-date list of these meetings can be found both on the La Leche League of Connecticut website (www.lllct.org) and the “Events” tab of the La Leche League of Connecticut page.

Please join us and stay healthy! We’re here to support you!

Sarah Ockwell-Smith
05/03/2020

Sarah Ockwell-Smith

'The good enough mother' was a phrase coined by British Paediatrician and Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. Winnicott explained that the 'good enough' mother was one who tried to meet all of her child's needs, but frequently made mistakes, not quite meeting the needs of her child. Winnicott explained it was these mistakes, those times when she apparently 'failed' that helped her child to grow, develop and ultimately become independent. In other words, it's important to mess up as a mother.

In his own words: "The good-enough mother... starts off with an almost complete adaptation to her infant's needs, and as time proceeds she adapts less and less completely, gradually, according to the infant's growing ability to deal with her failure..."
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I think this concept is important for all mothers to understand (which is why I mention it often in my books), however, right now I think it's critical. Pandemic parenting involves mistakes, slip-ups, bad days, lack of motivation, tricky (parental) temper control and uncomfortable feelings. It involves days of just survival (see Maslow's pyramid - we're all operating on the bottom two tiers right now and that's OK!) and days you're not proud of. These things are all NORMAL as part of everyday life, without a pandemic thrown in too. These things are all part of what makes up a 'good enough mother'. Please don't punish yourself, or let yourself be consumed with guilt. It's OK to mess up, in fact, it's necessary!

ICAN
04/29/2020

ICAN

#CAM2020

Native Breastfeeding Week
04/26/2020

Native Breastfeeding Week

Our triplet pals from Oji-Crees from Muskrat Dam have celebrated one year of life! These new toddlers are crawling and furniture walking. We appreciate milk-maker mama, Michelle Kakegamic, for graciously sharing her journey with us.

She was able to take 18 months of maternity leave to be able to breastfeed exclusively (means that the infant receives only breast milk & no other liquids or solids are given) for the first six months of their life. She explains that the babies have just had their first cold and that breastfeeding “has helped them from getting sick all year.”

Michelle continues to breastfeed now 12+ months later. Happy Birthday Triplets! Congratulations, Mama!

#NativeBreastfeedingWeek #FirstSacredFood #NativeBreastfeeding #NativeChestfeeding #IndigenousMilk
#BreastfeedingHeals #ChestfeedingHeals #IndigenousMilkisMedicine #SovereignMilkSundays

Pump Fit Matters — Nancy Mohrbacher
04/23/2020
Pump Fit Matters — Nancy Mohrbacher

Pump Fit Matters — Nancy Mohrbacher

Getting a good pump fit is vital, especially when you pump often and the breast-pump part your nipple is drawn into (the nipple tunnel ) is composed of rigid plastic, as is true of most pumps. If it is made of soft silicone, which a few pumps are, it may mold more easily to different nipple si

La Leche League USA
04/23/2020

La Leche League USA

Bao C. asks, "I'm looking to start solids soon, but I'm getting mixed info about how much my baby should have at each meal or at each day. Do I need to worry about this? Will she nurse less?"
How did you start solids? How did you decide how much food besides your milk your baby should receive?
[Image: Photo of a person spoon feeding a baby while the baby reaches for a rubber ducky. Text: How much solid food does my baby need?]

Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants
04/22/2020

Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants

Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition
04/22/2020

Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition

🌏🌎🌍 Go Green Virginia, BREASTFEED! 🌍🌎🌏#Repost @nurturecolumbus
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Happy #InternationalMotherEarthDay!

Did you know that #Breastfeeding is a key foundation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Any amount makes a difference! Thanks for all you do to sustain breastfeeding for your baby and well being for the Earth💗

#EarthDay2020 #maternalhealth #infanthealth #lifelonghealth #globalhealth #sustainability #ibclc
#ourbiology #mammals #breastfeed #dah#normalizebreastfeeding #itsourbiology #healthybaby #healthymoms #healthequity #vbc

LLL Alliance For Breastfeeding Education
04/18/2020

LLL Alliance For Breastfeeding Education

La Leche League International
04/18/2020

La Leche League International

Colostrum gives your baby immunity to the germs that are in the surrounding environment. It is protective, coating the intestines to fence these germs out so they cannot be absorbed into your baby’s system. This barrier seals your baby’s insides, preparing your little one for a healthy life.
https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/colostrum-general/

#Colostrum
#HumanMilk
#Breastmilk

[Image: close-up of newborn baby on mother's leg's.
Text: Colostrum gives your baby immunity to the germs that are in the surrounding environment. It is protective, coating the intestines to fence these germs out so they cannot be absorbed into your baby’s system.]

Birth and Breastfeeding in Color
04/15/2020

Birth and Breastfeeding in Color

4th Trimester Project
04/14/2020
4th Trimester Project

4th Trimester Project

NewMomHealth.com is an expert-written postpartum self-care information hub designed by moms, for #postpartum moms. Health information & support for the transition to motherhood by the 4th Trimester Project team at UNC.

Friends of La Leche League
04/11/2020

Friends of La Leche League

La Leche League USA
04/10/2020

La Leche League USA

Is breastmilk an important part of your nursling's diet after a year?
#toddlernursing
Read more about toddler nursing here: https://lllusa.org/toddler-nursing/
[Image: Toddler flexing their arm muscles. Text: Breastmilk continues to provide substantial amounts of key nutrients well beyond the first year of life, especially protein, fat, and most vitamins.]

La Leche League USA
04/08/2020

La Leche League USA

Mai L. asks, "I used to be engorged all the time. Now my breasts never seem to feel full. My baby seems satisfied after nursing, but I'm still worried that I'm not making enough. Am I overreacting?"
Did you notice that your breasts felt less firm over time?
#engorgement #breastfeeding
Worried that your baby is getting enough milk? Read more here: https://lllusa.org/is-my-baby-getting-enough-milk/
[Image: Photo of a person holding a baby in their lap. Text: "I'm not feeling engorged anymore. Help!"]

Alanis Morissette
04/07/2020

Alanis Morissette

"I love moms so much. If I talk about it too much I'll start crying. I just think moms are so selfless day in and day out -- women are just killing it all the time”

Read the rest of the conversation with Health https://bit.ly/2Rlzse5 👩💞👶

Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition
04/07/2020

Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition

#Repost @lactationlife
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Please don’t make masks for your babies. The CDC says no masks for children under 2. There are always exceptions to the rule for medical needs under the direction of a doctor (and using masks made specifically for that purpose).
#covid_19 #lactationlife #mask

La Leche League of Hampton Roads
04/06/2020

La Leche League of Hampton Roads

Late Night LLLove

The Milk Meg
04/06/2020

The Milk Meg

“Your baby is using you as a dummy.”

Nope. Just nope.

The End.

Short story by The Milk Meg. Meg Nagle, IBCLC

La Leche League USA
04/02/2020

La Leche League USA

Do you have photos of yourself breastfeeding your children? If you've weaned, what do you think about them looking back?
Maternité by Gino Severini, 1912. Italian, 1883-1966.
#breastfeedingistimeless
[Image: Painting of a seated woman nursing a baby. Text: Breastfeeding is timeless.]

La Leche League USA
04/02/2020

La Leche League USA

"She may need more total sleep than you do, but even if she's glued to your body, she can't afford long stretches of sleep. She literally doesn't time for them. So she cycles, all day and all night. It's her full-time job, her lifeline, and she's going to need to refuel about every two hours first." -- from "Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family" #sleep #nighttimeparenting

La Leche League USA
03/24/2020

La Leche League USA

From World Health Organization (WHO): Yes, those with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so. They should:
- Wear a mask during feed, where available
- Wash hands before and after touching the baby
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched
Read more at: https://lllusa.org/coronavirus-and-breastfeeding/
[Image: Illustration of coronavirus. Text: Yes, you can breastfeed while sick with coronavirus.]

03/23/2020
La Leche League of Fairfax City

La Leche League of Fairfax City

LLL of Fairfax City has helped families in Northern Virginia breastfeed for over 35 years. Follow our page for breastfeeding info and to see our events!

La Leche League International
03/20/2020

La Leche League International

Parents "commit themselves to those tiny beings they’ve brought into the world. Being strong and being committed should not carry with it the burden of always being happy about it. It’s okay to feel tired, angry, frustrated, alone—it’s also normal, and part of the human experience."

Social distancing, and perhaps being in social isolation at home, is hard - especially with a baby or child/ren. Your local LLL group may have online meetings running so that you can connect with others. Many also have Facebook groups where you can chat to others and share experiences.

This article from our #BreastfeedingToday archives was written a couple of years ago by a mother who was thinking about her own feelings about the joys and also the challenges of mothering. Even so, it may match the experiences of many parents, no matter how they identify. We hope that everyone can read it, interpret it in their own frame of reference, and appreciate the love and support the author hoped to convey.

https://www.llli.org/the-unending-weariness-of-the-best-job/

#Support
#MotherToMother #ParentToParent
#LLLOnlineMeetings
#BreastfeedingAndCoronavirus
#COVID19

La Leche League USA
03/20/2020

La Leche League USA

Have you heard that you have to drink TONS of water (or sports drinks or cow's milk) to make milk?
You don't need to drink anything special to make milk, and drinking water to thirst is enough for most people.
[Image of a person sitting on the ground with a baby. Text: Your milk supply will not decrease if you are mildly dehydrated. You can drink to thirst and still make plenty of milk for your baby. If your urine is medium to pale yellow, then you're doing fine.]
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition p.124

New Beginnings
03/19/2020

New Beginnings

During these uncertain times, remember that you know your child best. You are the expert. You are exactly what your baby needs. And, while in person LLL meetings are suspended, you can always reach a Leader via phone, email or even an online meeting.

03/18/2020

(Leader) Hello everyone! As we all hunker down at home, we know that many of you are missing some social interaction. Because we've temporarily ceased hosting our informal breastfeeding cafes, we would like to invite you to an online LLL Series Meeting. Our topic this month will be Overcoming Difficulties. I'll be hosting our meeting in an event here on our Facebook group on Saturday morning, March 21st. Everyone is invited to share their experiences and support other families during this difficult time.

As always, LLL Leaders can always be reached anytime here on Facebook, phone/text at 703-829-0349, or email [email protected].

Diana Scruggs Lee Shields

La Leche League USA
03/17/2020

La Leche League USA

Have you heard of the supplementing cycle?
Share your experience! Were you able to go from supplementing to exclusively nursing? What helped? What kept you from reaching your breastfeeding goals?
We believe that combo-feeding is breastfeeding and that some families do need to supplement. We are still here to help!
Are you concerned that you aren’t making enough? Contact an Leader near you for free, personalized support. Find them at lllusa.org
[Image: Close up photo of newborn baby legs. Text: The Supplementing Cycle. Many families begin to supplement because they are worried that they are not producing enough to breastfeed exclusively. If you wish to continue nursing, it is important to be aware of and avoid the supplementing cycle. Text positioned around a circle with arrows going from Feel like you aren't producing enough to Supplement with formula to Baby feels overfull and sleeps more to Baby nurses less to Body produces less milk back to Feel like you aren't producing enough.]

La Leche League USA
03/16/2020

La Leche League USA

Remote support has never been more important. Did you know that support from LLL Leaders is always free? That means that a real, live, trained person (rather than Google) can help you with your nursing questions and concerns. Find your local Leader at lllusa.org
Consider donating to support LLL USA Today: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2913224062031623/
#StPatricksDay
[Image: Close up photo of a shamrock. Text: Meeting your nursing goals isn't about luck. It's about getting the right support. Contact a Leader today.]

La Leche League Sydney Northern Beaches Visitors Page
03/14/2020

La Leche League Sydney Northern Beaches Visitors Page

'You and your baby have been a unit ever since she was conceived. More and more health facilities talk about "the breastfeeding couple" as almost a single person. And no wonder! Your baby not only lives on your milk, she shares your immune system. By the time you know you're sick, you've started passing not only the illness but your immunities on to your baby. To stop nursing now would be to deprive her of the best of your immune system when she needs it most. The reverse is truly remarkable. If your baby picks up an illness that *you* haven't been exposed to, she passes those germs to you through nursing, and *within the breast itself* you begin making antibodies and passing them back.

There are very few illnesses that require any kind of mother/baby or baby/milk separation. .... keep nursing! Illness in babies can come quickly, hit hard, and leave just as quickly. Nursing provides fluids and nutrition when other foods and drinks are refused, and serves as excellent pain relief.'

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, LLLI

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