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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

How Did You Grow To Love Your Body Postpartum?

Recently, April M. reached out to LLL USA Facebook followers and said, “I’m having trouble coming to terms with my postpartum body. The stretch marks on my breasts are especially upsetting to me. I don’t want to chase… Read More

La Leche League: My Safe Space

Adina Pearlman, Old Bridge, New Jersey. La Leche League has been a staple in my life since I was five years old. My mother breastfed my brother and me until we were a little over a year and… Read More

A Father’s Day Tribute

Jodie Kilpatrick, Enterprise, Alabama My husband, Tim, has been supporting my breastfeeding journey with our children for over 10 years now. I have been nursing continuously for over nine years (through pregnancy, birth, tandem, etc.). He trusts completely… Read More

Did You Ask Your Mother?

Laura Schlegel-Stephenson I was afraid of breastfeeding at first because it wasn’t something my family and friends talked about. My baby and I struggled in the beginning. My days became consumed with pumping, feeding, and washing pump parts…. Read More

Looking Back: It’s Kind of Magical

Fran Workman, Illinois Originally published in September/October 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 Would You Say? Sharing Your Experiences and Ideas with Others

By Amy Nelson, Yankton, South Dakota Throughout my years as a breastfeeding mother, I sought support from a variety of resources, most made available thanks to La Leche League. I attended monthly Series meetings, and there was nothing… Read More

When Your Partner Gives Birth: What You Can Do to Help.

Jean Merrill, Maryland To new and expectant parents out there: Your partner needs you! Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can seem to be focused on the mother and baby.  After all, mothers and babies are the stars of the… 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: Sweet Memories

Mary Lou Mullins, Michigan Originally published in May/June 1984 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… Read More