Five Tips For Breastfeeding With Chronic Illness: A Parent’s Story

K.P., Virginia I am writing this story about my experience with ulcerative colitis and breastfeeding/parenting. It is not a glamorous disease, but there may be a nursing parent reading this who is wondering how they’ll be able to… Read More

Shanice’s Story: Addressing My Mental Health Improved My Breastfeeding Journey

Shanice Linnen, South Carolina Editor’s Note: Black Breastfeeding Week is celebrated August 25-31, 2023. This year’s theme is BBW 2023: We Outside! Celebrating Connection & Our Communities. For more information about this week and planned events, go to… Read More

La Leche League USA Resources Spotlight: Medications and Breastfeeding

Recently, New Beginnings received inquiries about resources parents can refer to when they have questions about the safety of using medications while breastfeeding. We thought we’d take this chance to highlight the excellent resources available on the La… Read More

Kylie’s Story Of Postweaning Depression: Still Growing Together

Kylie Powell, Lorton, Virginia I never really pictured myself as a parent before I became one. I had no picture in my head of how it would look. “Mom” is a role I am still growing into all… Read More

Speaking Out About Postpartum Mood Disorders: From The New Beginnings Archives

By Rita Brhel, Nebraska 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

Amanda’s Story: Birth, Breastfeeding And My Neurodivergent Child

Amanda Hartman, Winchester, Virginia My son is neurodivergent and had a rough start to life and breastfeeding, but with dedication, perseverance, and support he just self-weaned in August at a little over 3.5 years old. Our journey really… Read More

Looking Back: Born With A Clubfoot

Linda Shawcross, Colorado Editor’s Note: Published in the January-February 1982 issue of La Leche League News (originally from the Montana, Wyoming, Colorado LLL newsletter, Building Blocks). The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name… Read More


Erica Goehring, Washington, Pennsylvania 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… Read More

Justine’s Story: Meeting Breastfeeding Challenges As A Young Parent

Justine Najera, Fort Worth, Texas Breastfeeding was the only option for me. I grew up around it, and there was no stigma (about breastfeeding) in the town I grew up in. I saw my sister-in-law do it for… Read More

Results Of The COVID Mothers Study

Editor’s Note: From time to time, LLL USA shares information about research studies relating to breastfeeding/chestfeeding/human milk feeding. The researcher agrees to provide the results of the study in a reader-friendly format so that we can share it with… Read More