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Why Breastfed Babies Wake During the Night

By Rita Brhel, Hastings, Nebraska The question “Does your baby sleep through the night?” is as old as the hills. Given that interrupted sleep is a major stressor for new parents, this question makes sense. The transition that happens… Read More

Mothering Lessons I’ve Learned So Far

Jean Merrill, Maryland Isn’t it fantastically therapeutic to brainstorm with other like-minded mothers traveling down the same bumpy mothering road? That mother-to-mother sharing of ideas is profoundly valuable. You troubleshoot together, take what works for you, your baby… Read More

Staying Home: Perceived Free Time

“My days are full as I stay at home to care for my three-year-old and six-month-old children. Now that my youngest is past the newborn stage, I feel as if I’m in a really good place as far… Read More

Looking Back: The Time of Our Lives

Sandi Cianciola, Ohio Originally published in January/February 1983 issue of 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… Read More

What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding the First Time Around

By Kendra Atkins-Boyce, Portland, Oregon I knew all about breastfeeding before I really understood that breasts could have another function besides nourishing an infant. My aunt was a lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader. My mother nursed… Read More

Newborns: A Quick Look at Keeping Up Energy, Connection, and Milk Supply

Allyson Wessells, Columbus, Ohio Maintaining energy, connection, and milk supply with a newborn is a fine balance. In the early days, energy is hopefully replenished with sleep and nutritious meals while others help with cooking, cleaning, and laundry…. Read More

Looking Back: It All Comes Out in the Wash

Marilyn Stilley, Tulsa, Oklahoma Originally published in January/February 1973 issue of 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… Read More

Why is Mothering Lonely When We are Never Alone? 

A Look at Baby Blues and Building a Mothering Community. Jean Merrill, Maryland Who would have thought that motherhood could feel so lonely despite being surrounded by little ones all the time? It is a conundrum: wanting to… Read More

How La Leche League Philosophy Inspires and Guides My Mothering

Allyson Wessells, Columbus, Ohio “Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.” “From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity… Read More

Looking Back: When Baby Cries

Jan Wojcik, Plantation, Florida Originally published in January/February 1970 issue of 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… Read More