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

Tandem Nursing While Pregnant

Jade Originally published on April 27, 2017, at I’ve written about breastfeeding a lot since I had Luna a little over three years ago, and I will continue to write about my experience long after our journey… Read More

My Birth Story: Coco’s Early Arrival

Tessa Stephenson, Portland, Oregon I was admitted to the hospital at 28 and one-half weeks for high blood pressure. What was meant to be a 48-hour observation period turned into a scary discussion of a premature baby and… Read More