Looking Back: What Bonding Really Means

Bernadette Schaner, Ohio Editor’s Note: “What Bonding Really Means” was originally published in the January-February 1990 issue of New Beginnings. People are instinctively drawn to a baby’s cute facial expressions and physical features. Proud parents and observers beam when… Read More

Ginger’s Breastfeeding Story: Learning to Listen

Ginger Cofield Lakhani, Brooklyn, New York, and Santa Fe, New Mexico Before I had my first baby, the concept of birth and childcare was so abstract that it was easy to take for granted that if I stuck… Read More

My Breastfeeding Journey: Unexpected Hurdles and Carrying My Mother With Me

Jessica Tudor Elliott, Sacramento, California Becoming a mother is a profound experience. When I entered the journey to motherhood, I honestly had no idea how profound this experience would be for me. My mother was a La Leche… Read More

My Partner’s Unwavering Support

Lindsay Robinson, Columbus, Ohio When I became pregnant with our first child, I imagined a picture perfect scene of me easily nursing our beautiful baby, full of love and happiness with my wife being blissfully supportive by my… Read More

Looking Back: Less Than Ideal

Sharon Santucci, California Originally published in the March/April 1983 La Leche League News. Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued to be… Read More

Breastfeeding as a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Kathy Joling, Glendale, Arizona ***Content warning: Childhood sexual abuse*** Finding out I was going to be a mother was the most exciting news I’ve had in my entire life. I already loved him immensely from the minute… Read More

My La Leche League: Finding Support, Embracing Differences

Anna, Minneapolis, Minnesota I’m a work-at-home parent in Minneapolis with two spectacular children: a four-year-old and a 22-month-old. Our family is incredibly high-energy and talkative. One thing I love about us is that we always share our feelings… Read More

Be Your Child’s Best Mother

By Kendra Atkins-Boyce, Portland, Oregon Imagine for a moment your vision of the ideal mother. Picture what she looks like, how she feeds her children, what she does for work, and what she does for play. Now picture… Read More

Letting Go of Mothering Guilt

– By Jean Merrill, Maryland Are you sneaking into the pantry to eat a cookie without little eyes on you? Hiding in the closet to take a phone call? Literally counting the seconds until your husband comes home? Crying… Read More