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Esther Edith Mothers' Stories

Photo: Esther Edith Two tributes written to celebrate the 60th anniversary of LLLI wishing everyone in LLLI a happy 60th anniversary. The first tribute is a song, written to be sung to the tune of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline by author of Fit to Bust Alison Blenkinsop, Pagham, West Sussex, UK  60 years of La Leche League—building a legacy   How it began: seven inspiring women met to...

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Tongue-tie Diagnosis: finding an answer Mothers' Stories

Johanna Sargeant, Waedenswil, Zurich, Switzerland Photos: Olga Bushkova Tongue-tie diagnosis: finding an answer at last. After almost six months of breastfeeding my little blue-eyed boy with a tube attached to my nipple, we are finally free. [I wrote about the start of my journey here: Milk Sharing.] Today is two weeks since he has needed a supplement, two weeks since I have washed out those feeding tubes, two weeks since he...

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Maria Griner Mothers' Stories

Lorena Bravo de Guerrero, Toulouse, France Translated from Spanish by Hanny Ghazi, Saint-Cloud, France Photo: Maria Griner Breast milk from the heart. When I think about breastfeeding, I think that I had it in my blood and, if I want to talk about breastfeeding, I should start by saying that I was breastfed myself for two years and eight months. Back then, my mother had the...

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Ten Concepts: The Natural Thing Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Megan Soto 10 Concepts: The Natural Thing La Leche League is founded on a philosophy summarized in ten concept statements which all LLL Leaders hold dear. In a series of poems Alison puts her interpretation of our beliefs into verse. Here is the fourth. Concept four: Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.   The Natural Thing Human milk’s...

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Christina Simantiri Mom to Mom

Letters Photo: Christina Simantiri Mother’s situation: Stretching family finances I’m breastfeeding my six-month-old baby and have two other children: a preschooler and an eight-year-old. I’ve decided that I need to stay home rather than going back to work. While this is the right decision for my family and we shall not need to spend any money on child care, we are going to struggle financially....

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