Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 18 Meeting

How do you know when your breastfed baby is ready to begin solid foods? What foods should you start with? How often should you offer new foods? By about the middle of the first year, every new parent will be looking for answers to these questions.

Come share your concerns and get "field-tested" answers from other mothers at this month's La Leche League meeting. Monday, April 18 at 7:30 pm, in the Hospitality Center of the First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. (scroll down for directions, on the right.)

La Leche League meetings are free, and are open to expectant mothers, nursing mothers, and other women interested in breastfeeding. Babies are always welcome.

La Leche League Philosophy

The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following statements:

· Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.

· Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.

· In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother, which is as basic as his need for food.

· Breast milk is the superior infant food.

· For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.

· Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.

· Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.

· Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby's father. A father's unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child's development from early infancy.

· Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.

· From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

La Leche League Membership

Both La Leche League International and our local Haddonfield group depend on your support to continue providing the services you depend upon. Your membership helps cover the costs of mailing meeting notices, updating and maintaining the library, and other organizational expenses. If you have been helped by the practical and emotional support of our group, please consider becoming a member. Dues are $40 annually. For more information about membership, please call Peggy Stedman at 795-2092.