We got to start our Spring Bradley™ series last Friday – yeah! It’s always a pleasure to meet a new group of
families that want to prepare for their baby’s Birth-Day.
As part of the classes, we encourage all of our students to attend at least two
before the end of the series.
Here are some of the questions that came from this assignment, and I
thought I would share them today in case any of our other students or readers
are wondering why La Leche League meetings are beneficial.
When should I start going to La Leche
meetings? Do I wait until after the baby
is born or do I start going now? What is the ideal starting time?
We have found that it is beneficial for our students, or
anyone for that matter, to start attending meetings when they are
expecting. Most groups meet on a monthly
basis, so if you want to get to a couple of meetings before your baby is born, you
may want to start attending meetings around 30 weeks of pregnancy.
It is helpful for a few reasons:
1. You can hear the questions that are
asked by other expecting or new moms and file away the answers for when you
need to access them.
2. You get to see what breastfeeding
“looks” like – especially important if you have never been around a
breastfeeding MotherBaby before.
3. You get to hear helpful and trusted
information from peer leaders that are trained to support breastfeeding mothers
and help them overcome basic breastfeeding challenges.
4. You make a personal connection with
women who are whole-heartedly committed to helping MotherBaby get breastfeeding
off to a good start. If or when you have
challenges, you can reach out to people you already know and they have a vested
interest in helping you or referring you on for help from a board-certified
lactation consultant (IBCLC).
5. Although it is nature’s intention
that MotherBaby breastfeed, there is a learning curve. La Leche League meetings are a place to find
support, encouragement and affirmation for your choice to breastfeed. The knowledge that you are not alone in your
choice to breastfeed is even more meaningful if and when well-meaning people
around you are encouraging you to take the formula route.
I know it seems weird to ask this, as
I'm sure there are good things about every group, but how do I find the right
community? I want to make sure I find
the right group.
Meetings are scheduled in the mornings, evenings, and different
weeknights. If you are fortunate to have
a variety of times and days when meetings are held, there is ample opportunity to
find a time that is convenient. Even if
there are not “easy” options in your geographic area, I encourage you to
rearrange your schedule so you can attend at least one or two meetings. They are so worth it, especially if you are
one of the people who will directly benefit from the knowledge the leaders
If you are in a region where there are lots of choices, I encourage you to
attend a couple of different groups to see which personality mix is best for
you. While each leader is amazing in
their own way, meetings are shaped by their personality, and those of the
people in attendance. Do you want to be
in a group that is attended by the working-at-home demographic? Do you want to find a group that primarily
serves women who work out of the home?
Does your partner want to attend with you / are there “Dads Welcome”
meetings in your area?
Most La Leche League Meeting Notices list the time, location, and leaders. Give the leaders a call or send them an email
before you attend to see if it feels like a good fit. It may help narrow your selection of meetings
you want to try out before you choose a “regular” group.
Are you the type of person who wants a buddy in a new setting? You can make a date to attend with another
friend who is expecting. As a Bradley
Method® instructor, I make every effort to attend meetings with our
students. If they find a meeting outside
of the group I normally attend, I see it as an opportunity to reconnect with
leaders that I have not seen for a while and get a different perspective on the
meeting topics that I hear at my “regular” meeting.
We are fortunate to have a lot of choices in the Phoenix area. You can click
to get to a listing of meetings in Arizona.
La Leche League is an international organization, and
is their international search page.
As a regular attendee since 2010, I definitely appreciate and value the dedicated
volunteer force of LLL leaders and the information, support and encouragement
they offer to women who make the choice to breastfeed. They were invaluable as I nursed through a
pregnancy, established a tandem nursing relationship, and now we are in the
toddler stage – probably my last! I am definitely going for the encouragement these days! Even
with though I am on our fourth nursling, I am still learning since Otter has
Preview: Cassandra is planning to write
about her experiences breastfeeding a toddler in April. I look forward to reading her perspective. It has been a while since I was a “first-timer”, and it will be neat to
see what she is learning with her first breastfed toddler.
are your thoughts or experiences with La Leche League?
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