Being Part of an LLL Group
Mar del Plata Argentina
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 21 No. 5, September-October 2004, p. 184
I started attending LLL meetings when I was pregnant. Now, my son is a year-and-a-half and I still go to every meeting.
I want to help other breastfeeding mothers, and being part of an LLL Group has proven to be a vital resource. My mother is a Group Leader, and by helping her, I have naturally become involved with the work of the Group. There are many things to do: every month we email mothers, we make some calls to the local radio and tv station, and we organize the meeting place. We have raised money for the Group by selling products and coordinating a raffle with donated items. When the meeting date arrives, I welcome mothers, actively participate in the discussion, and help with the Library. By doing all these things I have learned many aspects of running a Group.
Being involved in an LLL Group has also helped me grow as a mother. It was through LLL meetings that I clearly perceived LLL philosophy. Respect, empathy, tenderness, support, and information are present in every meeting. I have observed what mother-to-mother help is: mothers sharing experiences, laughing and crying together, and discovering that the same things have happened to other mothers. I have learned from what Leaders and mothers have said about different topics, problems, solutions, and answers. These discussions have started my ongoing reading and questioning other ideas on breastfeeding and mothering.
Every month, new mothers come to our meetings. The first time they are often on their own. Later, they may invite other women to come with-sisters, grandmothers, cousins, and friends. To me, LLL meetings are like a great snowball: they can start out small but have the potential to get bigger and bigger.
Mothers attend for many different reasons, but all are looking for the same thing: the best start in life for their babies. It is during these meetings that I can share my enthusiasm for breastfeeding and listen to different perspectives. Joining an LLL Group has given me the opportunity to really live LLL spirit.
Yes, at the beginning of my motherhood journey, meetings were important to me because I needed support and encouragement from other mothers. Now, meetings are important to me because I feel the need to be a source of support and encouragement to new mothers.