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Evolution of a Breastfeeding Mother

  Deutsch Español Français Diana West, BA, IBCLC, Long Valley, New Jersey, USA Mothering after breast reduction surgery When I became pregnant for the first time, the one thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to breastfeed. I’d had breast reduction surgery and my surgeon had said it wasn’t possible. At the time of … Read More

Twice as Nice

Kasia Jedrzejewska, London, UK Alex was three pounds and nine ounces (1.8kg) when he was born. That’s about half of an average newborn’s weight. His twin brother Nathan was six pounds and eight ounces (3.1kg). Although they had separate placentas and separate amniotic sacs so that one should not have been taking from the other, … Read More

Breastfeeding with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Photo: Belle Verdiglione First published June 2016 DEUTSCH PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. Symptoms include: Raised levels of insulin (that can lead to excessive weight gain). Raised levels of male hormones (that can lead to acne and growth of unwanted hair). Irregular menses, ovarian cysts. Raised risk of diabetes. Underdevelopment of breast tissue. … Read More

Was It Worth It?

JESSICA WIMPENNY, Silsden, West Yorkshire, UK Originally published January 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Prior to my baby’s birth I decided to opt for breastfeeding her. This decision was based on the apparent ease of it as a feeding method, the knowledge that I could be anywhere at any time and … Read More

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications and Breastfeeding

Frank J. Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP, Maryland, USA The use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications by breastfeeding mothers is even more common than the use of prescription drugs. The sale and use of OTC drugs is a multi-billion dollar industry and there is an overwhelming variety of OTC products available to consumers—for common and not so … Read More

looking down on mother tandem nursing her baby and toddler, who is pulling at her breast

Setting Limits when Breastfeeding

Hilary Flower, Ph.D, Florida, USA Originally published Oct 2016, republished with the express permission of the author. Hilary Flower wrote Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond in 2003, since then it has become a classic in La Leche League group libraries. The idea for the book was born out of her own experience, which led her to … Read More

Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing

Finding out you are pregnant does not mean you must stop breastfeeding your toddler. Many mothers choose to continue breastfeeding throughout pregnancy, while others decide to wean. If you continue breastfeeding through your pregnancy, you may find yourself breastfeeding both an infant and an older sibling. Many mothers have found this arrangement, called "tandem nursing," is a good way of meeting the needs of both children. ... Read More

Meeting #3: The Art of Breastfeeding and Overcoming Difficulties

Here are ideas for Series Meeting #3. Some of them are just kernels of ideas, while others are complete outlines. We let you know who contributed each idea, if that information is available.  Remember to look over each idea carefully to be sure it is appropriate for your entity, as well as for the attendees in your local Group. If in doubt, contact your District Advisor or equivalent, or refer to the Leader Handbook section on meeting topics. If you have a successful meeting plan that you would like to share, please send it via email to info@llli.org and we will add it as soon as possible.... Read More