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Biting

A baby may bite during a nursing session for many different reasons - distraction, teething, cold or ear infection. Once it has happened, it may cause you to be tense or fearful at the next feeding. ... Read More

Importance of Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding explains that "there is almost nothing you can do for your child in his whole life that will affect him both emotionally and physically as profoundly as breastfeeding." Human milk provides the specific nutrients that babies need to grow, both in size and maturity. Your milk is made to order for your baby. Research points to the significant value to infants, mothers, families and the environment from breastfeeding.... Read More

The Baby Who Doesn’t Nurse

There are many reasons why a newborn may be reluctant to nurse. If your baby is past the newborn stage, please skip to the section on *Getting an older baby back to the breast* below, you may also find our resources on nursing strikes helpful. If your newborn is not latching on to the breast, is too sleepy to take his first feed or needs medical attention, you can ask your health care team to show you how to hand express and give your colostrum by teaspoon or syringe. Your baby may sleep for a few hours after this first feed – feel free to cuddle him and wake him if you want to feed. He may feed four to five more times in the first 24 hours.... Read More

Baby Wearing

Carrying your baby in a carrier or sling is a lovely way to meet needs for warmth and closeness, and is not just for mothers. All parents can nurture their babies in this way; your baby’s carer may also find it an invaluable tool while you are working or studying.Babies carried in slings are calmer and cry less. In most cultures, where babies are held almost constantly, they are typically in a quiet alert state and rarely cry for more than brief periods.... Read More

Anesthesia

If your baby needs to have surgery they will be given a general anaesthetic to ensure they are unconscious and free of pain during the operation or procedure. Anaesthetists are specialist doctors who give the anaesthetic and look after the health of your child during surgery, and then continue to support them with pain relief afterwards.... Read More

Is my baby getting enough milk?

It is quite common to wonder if you have low supply. Is your baby truly drinking enough milk at the breast? It’s nearly impossible to measure the milk, because it can’t be seen. So, how do you tell if your baby is getting enough?... Read More

Food Allergies and Breastfeeding

Babies are more likely to develop allergies if there’s a history of eczema, asthma, hay fever or food allergies in the family. If your baby has a family history of these conditions, breastfeeding your baby exclusively for the first six months will help to lower their risk.... Read More

Breastfeeding An Adopted Baby

It is possible to establish milk production for an adopted baby, even if you have never been pregnant or given birth. The amount of milk you may produce depends on many factors. Most mothers are able to produce at least a little milk. You might be able to induce lactation (start to produce milk), and then build up your milk supply by putting your baby to your breast often and/ or expressing.... Read More

Prerequisites

As an international organization, La Leche League standards for Leader accreditation are the same worldwide. All Leaders are expected to meet the prerequisites to applying for leadership and to value and role-model the organization’s philosophy in their own lives. La Leche League International is committed to serving everyone and seeks the equitable accreditation of a diverse body of Leaders.... Read More