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La Leche League Meetings. Children Always Welcome Features

LLL Mothers Photo: LLL Shanghai meeting by Sarah Painter   Leading meetings When I became a La Leche League Leader I had a toddler and so did my co-Leader. Leading meetings was usually a challenge as the boys would frequently distract us from the group discussion and at times their behavior was noisy and disruptive. By the end of the morning we were exhausted. Somehow, though, we...

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Nights Mothers' Stories

Beth Wickenden, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK   I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I was expecting … perhaps a doll, certainly not a wailing, nipple-blistering, scrunched-up little being that I was nevertheless meant to adore. Yet adore him I would. His was a long and traumatic entry into our world, far removed from my idyllic home-birth plan. Our bonding was not automatic....

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The Mothering Ocean or Learning How to say Hello and Goodbye Mothers' Stories

Anna Burbidge, Leicestershire, UK Photo: By Tom Bellamy   I’ve always loved the sea. I felt fascinated by all its changing colours and moods and I would imagine first dipping my toe into it and then swimming in the waves. For as long as I can remember, being a mother fascinated me too. I imagined what it would be like to have a child to...

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Staying Home Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Laura Brown by jvc photography   Mother’s Situation Staying home My baby is four months old and I am happily breastfeeding him after a tricky start. I have been fortunate to get six months maternity leave from my job but am feeling conflicted about whether or not I want to return to work at all. It had always been my intention to...

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Tribute to LLLI Co-Founder Mary Ann Cahill Features

Diana West, Diane Wiessinger, and Barbara Higham Photo: Mary Ann Cahill   Today’s mothers have lost a friend many of us never knew we had. Mary Ann Cahill, who passed away on October 26, 2014, was one of the Founders of La Leche League, a special woman among seven special women. Mary Ann was born in 1927. At 21, she married Chuck Cahill after attending...

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