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Hard Things Get Better

Jessica Santini-Levenhagen, Grand Forks, North Dakota Editor’s Note: This essay was originally published in the Fall 2020 edition of Northern LLLights, the Area Newsletter for La Leche League of MN/Das. When my second son, Holden, was born in… Read More

Looking Back: Ending A Nursing Strike

Barbara Upton, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Originally published in the July-August 1974 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… Read More

Looking Back: Solutions to Biting

Nancy Peterson, North Carolina Originally published in the September-October 1985 issue of New Beginnings 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


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

Success! Latching On Luna

Christie Alarcon, Fullerton, California. Editor’s Note: Christie’s daughter, Luna, is now seven months old. Christie wrote this when she was preparing to return to work and Luna was three months old. Christie wrote about Luna’s successful latching: “One night I… Read More

Annika’s Story: Overcoming Obstacles and Breastfeeding Advocacy

By Annika Lundkvist, Stockholm region, Sweden. At the beginning, nursing my son was a seamless experience. A few minutes after his birth in November 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was at my breast and, with a little assistance… Read More

Stop the #BadBFAdvice: AJ’s Experiences

AJ Cecil-Starlin, Omaha, Nebraska. I breastfed my three children for a total of four years. One of the things that had the biggest impact on my breastfeeding journeys was advice. Good advice and bad advice. Breastfeeding, for whatever reason,… Read More

Breastfeeding Through Clubfoot Treatment

Heather Iverson, West Michigan It is overwhelming to find out your baby has clubfoot. When our son was born and we found out he had unilateral clubfoot, I didn’t give a second thought about how it would impact… Read More

Continuing Support through La Leche League (LLL)

Reka Balogh My amazing body has been feeding my children for the past six years. Well, lately only one of them. 🙂 It has been a long ride, especially at the beginning. But nothing is impossible when we have… Read More

Helping to Get Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start: Skin-to-Skin Contact

Rita Brhel, Hastings, Nebraska After years of supporting mothers at all stages of breastfeeding, I’ve learned that there are four key areas to focus on to help mothers get breastfeeding off to a good start: milk supply, latch,… Read More