Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

The arrival of a new baby is expected to bring great joy. What if, though, this long-awaited moment is met not with elation but rather with anxiety and sadness? Many new mothers are affected by some degree of depression following childbirth. The time immediately postpartum is not easy: the new mother is still exhausted from…

Cooking for and with Children

Food holds a central role in all of our lives. We spend a good part of each day planning, preparing, eating, and socializing over our meals, and your child will undoubtedly want to make his individual contributions to the family dinners. In the beginning, these contributions will be purely passive, but small babies tend to…

Breastfeeding Is Challenged

Breastfeeding has been around since the beginning of mankind and has helped ensure the survival of the human race thus far. So why is breastfeeding challenged today in so many different ways? …Mothers are questioned about the importance of breastfeeding and even about the need to breastfeed. …Well-meaning advice from various sources makes mothers doubt…

Talking about Breastfeeding

Many wonder why anyone would have a meeting about breastfeeding. They might ask, “Who goes to these meetings, and what do they talk about?” At group meetings, La Leche League Leaders and other mothers share experiences, give suggestions, and offer support and encouragement to one another. LLL meetings are ideal for learning from – and…

Breastfeeding: A Big Adventure

Giving birth can be a huge adventure. Does it follow that breastfeeding is the next big adventure? Sure, your baby came out of your body, but will milk really come from your breasts? Breastfeeding may seem more like a mystery or a miracle than an adventure at this point, but breastfeeding is how mankind and…

How Do Babies Grow?

How do babies grow? Quick answer: ideally with milk from their mothers. Growing is indeed a miracle – it happens almost without our noticing – whether a plant, an animal, or a baby. La Leche League believes that the best foundation for a baby’s healthy growth is the foundation given by the mother’s milk. Mothers’…

The Emotional Side of Breastfeeding

Mention emotions and breastfeeding, and most people think of post-natal blues and depression. And it is true that swinging emotions and hormones thrown into turmoil through the rapid changes from pregnancy to birth to breastfeeding can make mothers feel unsettled, unhappy and depressed. They feel they should be ecstatic over their newborns and are ashamed…

Motherhood: What Does It Mean?

Motherhood. Its meaning is changing as rapidly as just about everything else in our world today. It seems that in former times, there were many guidelines. It started to change with my generation (my oldest child is 45, my oldest grandchild 16). When I was a young mum, there were clear guidelines on how to…

Back To School To Learn About Breastfeeding

Astonishingly, doctors (paediatricians, gynaecologists, obstetricians, etc.) receive very little education about breastfeeding. In fact, for many years there was no teaching about breastfeeding in medical school at all! As one doctor said, “We have perhaps an hour and a half and we forget most of it.” They learn that breastmilk is best for baby. They…