2022: Voices From New Beginnings

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Editor’s Note: As the year draws to a close, New Beginnings is using this final week of 2022 to take a look back at just a sampling of the stories that were shared by parents throughout the United States and overseas on the La Leche League USA blog. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our weekly blog posts and sharing these stories of parenting struggles and successes.

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Hilda’s Breastfeeding Journey: lllusa.org/hildas-breastfeeding-journey/

“My name is Hilda Guerra and I would like to share my breastfeeding journey in hopes it will inspire others to give their little ones the gift of this precious liquid gold. I am a 26-year-old preschool teacher and a mother to a healthy and witty seven-year-old. As a 19-year-old soon–to–be mother, my world focused on learning as much as I could about all the parenting choices I was about to make in the next years.”

Expectations: lllusa.org/expectations/

“I had always wanted to be a mother. I had explored the many details of pregnancy, babies, and parenting for years. I felt ready for the next chapter of the life my husband and I were building together. However, when a family member asked if I planned to breastfeed, I realized that feeding my baby was one area in which I had a lot to learn!  Breastfeeding simply made sense. My body had been made to feed a baby, right? It was the natural thing to do, and I expected nursing to go well.”

Tips For Attending In-Person La Leche League Meetings: lllusa.org/tips-for-attending-in-person-la-leche-league-meetings/

“Many La Leche League USA Groups are beginning to hold in-person meetings again after meeting virtually over the past couple years due to the pandemic. Since in-person meetings have been suspended for a while, many parents haven’t yet had the chance to gather with others outside of their home. And, perhaps attending in-person meetings was a regular occurrence with an older child, but not something yet experienced with a younger sibling. La Leche League Leader Debbi Heffern recently shared some tips with parents in her area who are just now getting the chance to experience in-person meetings – and especially those meetings held in the evenings.”

Andrea’s Story: My Experience With Donating To A Milk Bank: lllusa.org/andreas-story-my-experience-with-donating-to-a-milk-bank/

“Recently, Andrea donated a total of 45 gallons of breastmilk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa. In May, we shared a link to a news story about Andrea’s donation on the New Beginnings Facebook page. We followed up with Andrea to learn more about her experience of donating breastmilk to a milk bank, as well as her breastfeeding experiences in general.”

Indigenous Milk Medicine Week: Indigenous Milk Medicine Heals: lllusa.org/indigenous-milk-medicine-week-indigenous-milk-medicine-heals/

“Indigenous milk medicine heals. This is an understanding of the Indigenous Milk Medicine Collective who will celebrate their fourth annual Indigenous Milk Medicine Week from August 8-14, 2022. As August is National Breastfeeding Month, the second week of the month is set aside to acknowledge Indigenous Milk Medicine Week.”

Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week 2022: “Telling Our Own Stories. Elevating Our Voices.”: lllusa.org/asian-american-native-hawaiian-and-pacific-islander-breastfeeding-week-2022-telling-our-own-stories-elevating-our-voices/

“The goal for this week is to increase awareness that AANHPI families DO breastfeed. Often, we hear from others that AANHPI families do NOT breastfeed. That is totally a myth. AANHPI families often show a high initiation breastfeeding rate; however, it drops down dramatically subsequently.”

Magical Milk coverBlack Breastfeeding Week 2022: Spotlight On Author And Lactation Consultant Nasheeda Pollard: lllusa.org/black-breastfeeding-week-2022-spotlight-on-author-and-lactation-consultant-nasheeda-pollard/

“Black Breastfeeding Week is celebrated August 25-31. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this special week of National Breastfeeding Month. The 2022 theme is “BBW2022: 10 Years, A New Foundation.” In this week’s blog post, New Beginnings spoke with Nasheeda Pollard, author, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and public health official. Nasheeda shared her personal breastfeeding experiences, her thoughts on Black Breastfeeding Week, and her recently published children’s book, Magical Milk.”

Saying Goodbye To Babyhood: https://lllusa.org/saying-goodbye-to-babyhood/

“I cried today while folding laundry. Both of my children stared in disbelief, bewildered. I’m not a crier. But I couldn’t help myself today.

My baby carrier slings had been sitting on a hook in my youngest child’s room for months, unused. He’s over 2 and a half years old and we’ve probably used them twice in the last six months. On a whim, I had pulled them down to wash and perhaps store them.”

Please send your story ideas to Amy at [email protected].

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