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The Sisters of Mercy

By Diane Wiessinger – Ithaca, New York, USA I became a La Leche League (LLL) Leader in 1985 and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 1990. I know that both roles are important, and I know which one the world needs most. Years ago, my co-Leader, Pamela, and I led a La Leche … Read More

La Leche League Support in Social Media Groups

By Ellen Mateer – West Yorkshire, UK   Being a nursing mother or parent can be an isolating experience, even under normal circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many new parents without a lot of the support they would normally expect to be available. We have long known that support is critical to helping families … Read More

Bridging Birth and Breastfeeding

By Elizabeth Smith – Cottonwood Heights, Utah, USA Introduction When I began my certification process to become a childbirth educator in 2000, there was a small section on breastfeeding. We learned the basic information and were guided towards breastfeeding being the best way to feed a baby. The real evidence for exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding … Read More

Softening into Motherhood

By Naomi Stadlen – Central London Group, UK    Once, each of us was a baby, as soft as those born to us. So the La Leche League phrase “Softening into motherhood” is a return to a way that we used to know well. Many of us didn’t know we had grown harder until our … Read More

The Legacy of Persistence

By Caroline Herman – Rockville, Maryland, USA   I want to tell you a story about pumping breastmilk. I want to tell it mostly because that’s what we do as humans when we are feeling lonely or frightened or unsure of ourselves. We tell our stories and hope they have the power to banish our … Read More