Tuesday, October 25, 2011

November 21 Meeting

La Leche League's comprehensive guide to nursing your baby is titled The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding for good reason—breastfeeding truly is an art. The breastfeeding relationship is influenced by the unique personalities of each mother and each baby, and it changes as the baby grows.

La Leche League meetings are the ideal place to learn that art, offering both factual information and the personal insights of experienced nursing mothers. If you are nursing your baby, planning to nurse your baby, or just generally interested in learning more about this womanly art, please join us in the Hospitality Center of the First Presbyterian Church in Haddonfield on Monday, November 21 at 7:30 pm. Babies are always welcome to attend with their moms!

If you can't attend the meeting or you need to talk to someone before then, please call one of the group Leaders listed at the bottom of this page.

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.