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

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