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Selection and Use of Galactagogues

Friday, June 26, 2020

Frank J. Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP and Mary Francell, MA, IBCLC   Many breastfeeding mothers worry about making enough milk for their babies. Sometimes these concerns are unfounded and LLL Leaders can reassure mothers by asking about diaper (nappy) output, latching, audible swallows and weight gain and by referring them to many of our resources … Read More

Strengthening Our Support

Friday, June 26, 2020

Kelly Durbin, Austin, Texas, USA Kelly talks about the advantages of offering online meetings and invites Leaders to write in with their experiences of what works and what doesn’t. As Leaders, much of the support we provide to parents is about adapting. We regularly discuss strategies that help parents adapt to life with a newborn, … Read More

SARS-CoV-2 and Mother-Baby Separation Risks of Separation (Part 1)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dena Duran, LLL Leader, New York City and Idaho, USA The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, the United Nations (UN), La Leche League International (LLLI), and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) all recommend continuing to breastfeed during COVID-19 illness if possible, while following hygiene precautions (WHO, 2019; UNICEF, n.d.; UNFPA, 2020; LLLI, 2020; ABM, 2020). … Read More

Being a Supporting Leader: One of Five Basic Leader Responsibilities

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Laurence Khern, Paris, France   “[A La Leche League Leader . . .] Takes an active role in helping other mothers find out about leadership and helps them prepare to become LLL Leaders.” From “Leader: Basic Responsibilities,” LLLI Policies and Standing Rules (LLLI PSR) When we become Leaders, many of us commit to fulfilling the … Read More

The Baby (Gear) Arrives

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Kelly Durbin, Austin, Texas, USA At Series Meeting 2, we talk about all the elements of bringing home a newborn and how to get breastfeeding flowing in a positive and effective manner. This meeting gives us a chance to discuss the basics: recognizing feeding cues, how often to feed the baby, feeding positions, latching techniques, … Read More

Welcome to our April 2020 Issue!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In this issue, we have articles sharing news from La Leche League South Africa and Israel and a discussion on how to empower mothers by Giuditta Mastrototaro. Kelly Durbin looks at how to handle discussions about baby purchases in Series Meetings. Laurence Kher provides help for any Leader who is supporting a Leader Applicant and … Read More

Creative Fundraising in South Africa

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

By: Rahmat Bagus, Parow, Cape Town, South Africa   I am a Leader with the Parow Group in Cape Town,South Africa, with my two co-Leaders Dilshaad Sungay and Gwynneth Hefke. Our Group is in a low to middle income area. For seven to eight years, we received no donations or memberships from the mothers in … Read More

Making the Desert Bloom La Leche League Style

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

By Ilana Glucker, Beer Sheva, Negev Desert, Israel   David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, had a dream –– to make the desert bloom. The Negev desert in the south of Israel covers approximately 60 percent of the State of Israel. When the state was founded, it was very sparcely populated. Ben-Gurion fell in love … Read More

Empowering Mothers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

By: Giuditta Mastrototaro, Milan, Italy Translated from Italian by Shevawn O’Connor An LLL Leader writes The answers seemed straightforward from a technical point of view—the issues being overuse of the pacifier, incorrect attachment, skipping night feedings—but were exhausting from the point of view of emotional support. The mother kept sending me WhatsApp (a form of … Read More

Living in China During the Outbreak of Coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Missy Wang, Xiamen, China Spring festival is the most important holiday for many Chinese people. The number of people traveling during this period during 2019 reached as many as 2.98 billion. [ref. 1]  The 2020 Spring Festival travel rush began on January 10 as people gathered with families. Who could have imagined what we were … Read More