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Circle of Support

Shannon
 Blakely
Texas, USA
From: New Beginnings, Vol. 29 No. 4, 2009, p. 22

My husband I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl in 1996. We had a successful breastfeeding relationship for eight months, even while I worked full time.

Two years later we attempted to conceive a second child. After almost two years of trying I gave up. I decided to return to college. I enrolled and, before classes began, I found out I was pregnant!

Wendy, my psychology professor, was a retired La Leche League Leader. She gave the class the telephone number for LLL. I made sure I wrote the number down in a place where I would not lose it. By late October I found out I was expecting twins. We were thrilled and a little scared. I was determined to breastfeed even though all the skeptics felt they needed to tell me how hard it was going to be.

I looked at the La Leche League Web site, www.llli.org, and made contact with my local Group. I was put on bed-rest so I could not attend a meeting until after the twins were born. They were about two months old when I was finally able to attend my first meeting.

The Group's Leaders were great. I felt at once that I had found a place where I would get the support and encouragement I needed to continue to breastfeed my babies. I could call them at any time.

One of the Leaders was also a mother of twins. I enjoyed attending meetings, which gave me a chance to get out of the house at least once a month and to make good friends. Knowing that I could call a Leader at any time was a real comfort to me. I carried on going every month and became a part of the circle.

When one of the Leaders approached me to suggest I might apply for Leadership, I was thrilled. I had found my niche. I knew this was what I was supposed to do. I have been a Leader for six years now and still get a great feeling when I help a mom nurse her baby.

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