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Alison Jones, Oxford, UK
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10 Concepts: The Early Years

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 third.

Concept three: In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.


The Early Years

In the early years, a baby needs a mother

no other is quite the same, it’s no game,

beginning to live on the outside,

and a mother has so much to give.

In the early years, connection is so important,

for protection, salving fears wiping tears,

being the world for someone so small,

in need of closeness, a guiding hand,

but understand that’s not all, oxytocin’s

a wonderful gift, the hormone of love,

to bond you close and happy, even when nappies

spiral beyond control and overflow,

just breathe love in, and take it slow.


Alison & Edith

Alison Jones is an LLL Leader, a writer, and teacher from Oxford. She is a mother to three children, aged five, three, and nine months. She is passionate about breastfeeding and advocates for women and families.

Alison is our poet in residence on breastfeedingtoday. Hear more of her poems here.

Alison’s poems

A Shout Out for the Mothers



Give me a Meeting with Mothers

La Leche League Meetings

Ten Concepts: Making Milk

Ten Concepts: Mothering through Breastfeeding



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