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Donating Milk During A Pandemic

Human milk donation has long played an important role in saving the lives of infants, many of whom are preterm or otherwise medically fragile. This need remains during the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizations such as the Human Milk… Read More

I Didn’t Know

Danielle Heckel, Phoenix, Arizona “I need a picture of this,” I croak at my husband. He looks at me unable to hide his surprise, “Seriously? You want a picture of THIS?” It was an odd request, because I… Read More

Parenting and Breastfeeding Through COVID-19

Grace C., Texas Editor’s Note: The following is the journey of one family with COVID-19. LLL USA realizes that illnesses can come with many levels of severity and that COVID-19 may affect your family to a greater degree. We… Read More

Breastfeeding During Illness

You’re sick. You wonder if you should temporarily stop breastfeeding until you feel better.  Should you continue to provide your expressed milk, or should you wait until you’re well? The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (8th edition) clearly states:… Read More

Born Unable To Swallow: My Journey To Breastfeeding My Son

Jennifer Clevenger, Scio, Oregon Bodhi is my fourth baby. I was young when I had my first baby. I nursed him for a little over a week, but with little to no help I switched to formula. My… Read More

Easing the Distress of Major Surgery: Part II

Shannon Gill, Denver, Colorado Originally published in Close to the Heart (LLL Asia & Middle East’s periodical magazine) Vol 17, No. 1. Editor’s Note: Part I of Shannon and Hunter’s story was published on the New Beginnings blog on July… Read More

Easing the Distress of Major Surgery: Part I

Shannon Gill, Denver, Colorado Originally published in Close to the Heart (LLL Asia & Middle East’s periodical magazine) Vol 17, No. 1. Last July, my husband and I were dreading the 7,000-mile flight with our 17-month-old son from Hong Kong… Read More

Gratitude

Kristen Witucki Birth was over. I held my son on the hard bed in Labor and Delivery, buoyed by very soft pillows that offered as much support as a rapidly deflating balloon. Someone—maybe a nurse or maybe one… Read More

Liz’s Story: Struggles with Tongue-Tie and Weight Gain

Liz Bergstrom, Fort Worth, Texas My first child (my son) is a little over two years old, and I’m now breastfeeding my second baby. My son had an undiagnosed tongue- and lip-tie for two months. I breastfed him… Read More

My Grandmother’s Breastfeeding Legacy: Never Give Up

Anna Friedman One of the most common questions I hear at the start of a La Leche League Series meeting is “Why did you decide to breastfeed?” For me, that’s an easy answer. My decision to breastfeed started… Read More