Sunday, October 2, 2011

Canada's World Breastfeeding Week

As a mother; infant nutrition is of utmost importance.  I am sure you have heard that "breast is best"; most people have.  Unfortunately, the implication behind that statement is that it (nursing) will be easy, that as a natural act it does not require prior knowledge, exposure or experience.  As any nursing mother will tell you this is an extreme understatement, knowledge is key.  The best ways to gain nursing knowledge is through experience, exposure and through the normalization of breastfeeding.

La Leche League provides mother-to-mother support - under the guidance of an accredited leader.  Mother's learn to nurse their babies by being with other nursing mother's; by sharing their triumphs and pitfalls with other nursing mother's.  By seeing how it (nursing) is done!

Most new mother's will say that the learning curve for breastfeeding is quite steep; you're tired and overjoyed at the very same time, you're fumbling with various positions and holds while trying to find "The perfect latch".  Attending monthly meetings are a life saver - you're surrounded by a group of women who have "been there" and "done that".  You know that you are not alone in your experiences. 

You have your very own personal support group!  An accredited leader who will make house calls - to give you a little one-on-one help. 

La Leche League is a group that is near & dear to my heart (if you're a regular reader, you already know this); I contacted our accredited leader in October after the birth of my second child (that's C-McC, yo!), we made plans to meet and from that first meeting we have blossomed into a thriving group!

In honour of Canada's World Breastfeeding Week (yes, Canada has it's own *World* Breastfeeding week... ) I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the awesome support and kinship that I have found with this amazing group of women, you mean more to me than you will ever know.

I'm throwing this into this week's Breastfeeding Blog hop - I know it's a bit of a stretch but LLL was definitely an important aspect of my nursing support.


1 comment:

  1. and you mean more to me than you will ever know.