Labor And Delivery: Readers Share Their Birth Stories, Part II

Sharing birth stories can be really therapeutic. Whether you’ve had a different experience than you expected and had to adapt your delivery plan or if labor felt empowering and magical, it often feels good to share with others…. Read More

Labor And Delivery: Readers Share Their Birth Stories, Part I

If you’ve been in labor and given birth, you’ve probably discussed your experience(s) with friends and family multiple times. It’s only natural to talk about one of the most life-changing events you’ll ever experience. Earlier this year, we… Read More

The Breast Crawl: From The New Beginnings Archives

Jennifer Pitkin, Ames, Iowa Editor’s Note: Over the years, many “classic” New Beginnings articles were available through both the La Leche League USA and La Leche League International websites. As these websites have been updated, the availability of… Read More

My First Birth Experience: What I Wish I Had Known

Gina B., Illinois It’s almost embarrassing to look back at my first birth experience and see how unprepared I was for what was the most important event in my life up to that point. Since then, I’ve heard… Read More

Erin’s Story: My NICU Experience And Breastfeeding Challenges

Erin Schultz, Apex, North Carolina None of the books prepare you for having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). My first baby was born by emergency cesarean after a failed induction due to placental failure… Read More

Will A Complicated Birth Affect Breastfeeding?

Recently, an expectant parent reached out to La Leche League USA about having a potentially complicated birth and whether the birth experience and potential separation immediately after birth could affect the start of breastfeeding. Kailyn asked, “I’ve had… Read More

A Four Day Old On Christmas

Rebecca H. McCormick, Fairfax City, Virginia I hadn’t expected that my first time leaving the house with my new baby would be for all-you-can-eat Balkans cuisine on Christmas Eve, but there we were. From the time I first… Read More

Autumn’s Story: My Preemie And NICU Experience

Autumn Pennington, Colorado Springs, Colorado “Don’t touch her like that,” the nurse told me. I removed my hand from stroking my newborn’s hair. Her hand was unavailable due to the IV. “She needs to rest.” I was on… Read More

Artist Lauren J. Turner: Creating Positive Birth And Breastfeeding Images

Editor’s Note: Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW) is August 25-31, 2020. As La Leche League USA celebrates BBW and brings National Breastfeeding Month to a close, we’d like to share the story and work of artist Lauren J. Turner…. Read More

Audrey’s Story: “My Breasts Work Just Fine At 40”

Audrey Grimaldi, Long Island, New York. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I looked around the room wondering, “Am I the oldest one in here? Are we the oldest couple here?” I didn’t really feel out… Read More