Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 16 meeting

How do you know when your baby is ready to try solid foods? What foods are best to start with? Do foods for baby need special preparation? These questions have been answered in many different ways, by different experts at different times, and by different social and ethnic groups. So new mothers often get all kinds of different advice!

The next meeting of Haddonfield La Leche League can help you sort out the facts from the "old wives tales," with the help of current recommendations from La Leche League's medical advisory board, and tried-and-true suggestions from experienced mothers. All women interested in learning more about nutrition for nursing babies--and their families--are invited to attend.

Our meetings are held on the third Monday of each month in the Hospitality Center of the First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Information about other upcoming meetings is available in our 2012 Meeting Schedule.

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.