La Leche League of Shanghai, China
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
La Leche League Shanghai offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding help and information to all interested women through monthly meetings, email and telephone.
Because breastfeeding is a relationship, it's bound to have its ups and downs. La Leche League gives you safe place to complain, as well as to ask questions and celebrate. This is a place you will find understanding. You can come late, leave early, walk a fussy baby, change a diaper, and compare notes with other mothers who quickly come to feel like old friends. If you can attend at least one LLL gathering while you are still pregnant, you will be much better prepared for breastfeeding because seeing other mothers breastfeed in person makes your own breastfeeding easier. Just seeing the face of the woman who will be on the other end of the phone if you call, can help! It's both fun and reassuring to watch the other babies thrive and grow month by month - a preview of your own baby's behavior a few weeks or months from now. You'll see how unique each baby is, and see the varied comfortable ways in which different breastfeeding mothers and babies relate to each other. Naturally, babies and toddlers are always welcome at LLL.*
English-language meetings are on the third Thursdays of the month from 10 am - 12 pm at RedLeaf Hospital on 1209 Huaihai Zhong Rd near Changshu Rd. RSVP is not necessary. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese-language meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, from 10-11:30am. No need to RSVP. For more information see: http://www.muruhui.org/hyxx_detail.asp?id=454
Meetings typically involve a group discussion about the selected topic followed by a time for questions related to breastfeeding and mothering issues. After the structured meeting is concluded, mothers are given a chance to chat with other mothers in a warm and welcoming environment. Mothers are also invited to borrow from our multi-lingual lending library with titles that cover all aspects of positive parenting.
Looking for information? LLL meetings are very helpful for breastfeeding mothers, but can also provide much-needed preparation for expectant moms as a bit of education can make a big difference in the successful outcome of a rewarding breastfeeding experience. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more about mothering through breastfeeding.
Want to make a new social network? Meetings are a great way to meet like-minded friends and make connections with others in the community. We have mothers from all backgrounds, nations, cultures and perspectives come to La Leche League. In fact, participants at our meetings are so varied in their personal perspectives that you will hear a variety of ideas expressed - you can take what suits you and your family and leave the rest behind.
Have a specific breastfeeding challenge you'd like help with? Our mothers are a great resource for mother-to-mother support, sharing insights and personal experiences that may be helpful to you. In addition, our leaders are trained in breastfeeding management and are experienced mothers themselves. You may feel free to ask your questions in the group setting, or approach a leader for a more private discussion regarding suggestions to help you overcome the bumps in the road you may be experiencing with your baby.
The meetings are free but we encourage mothers to subscribe in order to support our local Group, our Area, and the international organization. The 2016 membership fee is 150rmb and members receive benefits:
- "Close to the Heart" subscription, an email publication produced for members of La Leche League Asia, and the online Breastfeeding Today magazine from LLL International
- All members are entitled to a 10% discount on new books (including The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding), and a discount on LLL Shanghai specialty items.
- The knowledge that your membership fee goes to help support other breastfeeding mothers through LLL Shanghai, our Area and the international organization
La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who are accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. They can provide information and practical suggestions to help a mother cope with any difficulties that may occur. La Leche League Leaders are available to speak with a mother on the telephone or to answer questions by email. The training which a Leader receives through the accreditation process makes her uniquely qualified to support breastfeeding mothers. Selected initially for her experience, motivation and empathy, a La Leche League Leader is required to complete a comprehensive program to familiarize herself with most aspects of breastfeeding and also to develop her counseling skills. Once accredited, a Leader is provided with a continuing supply of information and support, including regular journals, contact with other experienced Leaders, and enrichment workshops and conferences. All Leaders are volunteers.
If you wish to speak with a LLL Leader, please send a text message with your name & ph# and they will ring you back. We are all volunteers and busy mothers so it may take 24 hours for someone to return your call. Thanks for your patience!
For meeting information or breastfeeding support contact:
Melanie (English) SMS: 139-1712-4540, Email: email@example.com
Kate (English) SMS: 152-2185-0479, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marien (Chinese, English) SMS: 189-3050-3671, Email: email@example.com, WeChat: mariendy
*The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th Edition p 442