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April Lockhart
Griffithville AR USA
From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 25, No. 1, January-February 2008, pp. 19-20

My story starts with my mother. She had eight children, all of whom she breastfed (I am the eldest). She never breastfed longer than six months, however, and sometimes not even for that long. She had problems and quitting was the easiest way out. So when I got pregnant, I hadn't really been around breastfeeding much and didn't think much about it.

Then one day, my piano teacher, who is a La Leche League Leader, invited me to an LLL meeting. Those first few meetings were encouraging and helped me to realize that breastfeeding was the best comfort and nourishment I could give my baby. I knew that If I was dedicated, I could breastfeed longer than my mother's average of six months. I continued attending La Leche League meetings and learning as much as I could. On September 25, 2006, our baby, Isaiah, was born at home. It was a very difficult birth, so I don't remember much about our first breastfeeding experience. I was so tired but, thankfully, Isaiah knew right away what to do.

My breasts were tender for the first two to three months and Isaiah cried all the time. I worried that it was something in the milk causing him pain, but the women at La Leche League meetings encouraged me to continue breastfeeding. If it hadn't been for La Leche League, I probably would have given up. We are still breastfeeding and Isaiah is now 14 months old.

I know we still have hurdles to jump, but by God's grace and La Leche League support, we will make it. My advice to breastfeeding mothers is to be determined to stick with it. It does get better. As a friend of mine always says, "This, too, shall pass."

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