La Leche League Canada: Lethbridge

La Leche League Canada: Lethbridge We provide breastfeeding, chestfeeding and human milk feeding information and peer support to the parents of nursing babies and the support people in their lives.

La Leche League Canada
Who we are

La Leche League Canada is a registered non profit that provides mother-to-mother/parent-to-parent/peer support for pregnant people, new parents and beyond. We are parents like you who have breastfed or chestfed our own children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. As volunteer Leaders we are accredited within La Leche League Canada after a de

La Leche League Canada
Who we are

La Leche League Canada is a registered non profit that provides mother-to-mother/parent-to-parent/peer support for pregnant people, new parents and beyond. We are parents like you who have breastfed or chestfed our own children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. As volunteer Leaders we are accredited within La Leche League Canada after a de

Operating as usual

Did you know that you can attend any La Leche League meeting in Canada via zoom?  Check the virtual meeting calendar for...
05/09/2021
Virtual Meetings Calendar | La Leche League Canada - Breastfeeding Support and Information

Did you know that you can attend any La Leche League meeting in Canada via zoom? Check the virtual meeting calendar for a day and time that works for you!

https://www.lllc.ca/virtual-meetings-calendar

Feel free to click on the Group name on the date and time that suits you. You will then find yourself on the Group's page, where after you scroll down, you will find contact information for the virtual meeting details. * For service in French, please go to Ligue La Leche at allaitement.ca

03/12/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Tonight's meeting link!
https://zoom.us/j/92534441513

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01/15/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Tonight's meeting will be just a little shorter- 6-7pm
Meeting link:
https://zoom.us/j/9597478570

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At this months meeting, we talked about how breastfeeding affects the physical development of the mouth. Although this p...
12/15/2020
Brian Palmer, DDS, For Better Health

At this months meeting, we talked about how breastfeeding affects the physical development of the mouth.
Although this page hasn't been updated since Dr. Palmer's death in 2012, as a dentist- he had a valuable perspective!
http://www.brianpalmerdds.com/Default.htm

Pioneering dental research demonstrating the importance of breastfeeding for the proper development of the human species and how breastfeeding can lower health care costs around the world.

10/08/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Tonight's meeting link! (October 8th)
https://zoom.us/j/95848466008

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"A good friend of mine once asked me if breastfeeding created any dysphoria about my body or gender. I told him that it ...
06/15/2020
My Journey: Non-binary Nursing - La Leche League USA

"A good friend of mine once asked me if breastfeeding created any dysphoria about my body or gender. I told him that it actually helped, because now they have purpose. They kept my baby alive and thriving. Now they save the day when he’s scared or injured or sick or about to have a meltdown on the metro. For me, personally, my breasts have everything to do with who I am as a parent and nothing to do with my gender. I expect the memory of nursing will forever be a part of how I define love. And for that I am grateful."

Evan Joy This post was originally published at queerjoyevan.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/first-blog-post/ Somewhere near the beginning of my twenties, I began to identify as genderqueer. Now that I’m older, I sometimes refer to myself as non-binary because it sounds softer; worn in like a favorite... ...

The meeting in Lethbridge this month is Thursday January 9th at Casa. See our event page for details!
01/08/2020

The meeting in Lethbridge this month is Thursday January 9th at Casa.
See our event page for details!

Have you attended a meeting before? We welcome you to come! Check out our website to find a local meeting close to you or a virtual meeting. https://www.lllc.ca/groups-map
#lllc #lalecheleaguecanada #meetings #breastfeedinghelp

At this month's meeting, we talked about how friends and family can help out - and ways for new parents to set boundarie...
11/19/2019

At this month's meeting, we talked about how friends and family can help out - and ways for new parents to set boundaries for visitors

A good visual to post before baby arrives.

Excellent advice for newborns: “If your baby is awake, they probably want to nurse”. Want to learn more about how to tel...
11/11/2019

Excellent advice for newborns: “If your baby is awake, they probably want to nurse”. Want to learn more about how to tell when your baby is hungry or full? Our next meeting is this Thursday at 6pm. Check out our events page for all the details.

Have you heard about hunger cues? The visual below can help you understand early as well as late hunger cues. It can be easiest to latch a baby when they are displaying early hunger cues. They get increasingly agitated--and often harder to latch--the hungrier they become.
A good rule of thumb in the early days? If your baby is awake, they probably want to nurse.
#feedingcues #hungercues #breastfeeding #bfsupport #newbornnursing

[Image: pictures of babies showing hunger cues from early to late. Text: Early cues: These mean "I'm hungry" including stirring, mouth opening, turning head. Mid cues: These mean "I'm really hungry" including stretching, physical movement, and hand to mouth. Feed me: These mean "I'm really upset!" including crying, agitate, and turning red.]
Photo courtesy of FeedGood Scotland.

La Leche League USA
11/01/2019

La Leche League USA

Families across the US and Latin America are celebrating Dia de los Mu***os today.
Aprende más sobre nuestra organización aquí: https://lllusa.org/sobre-nosotros/
#DayoftheDead #DiaDeLosMu***os
[Image: Photo of woman with La Calavera Catrina makeup nursing a child.]

LLL Sierra Nevada/Reno
09/14/2019

LLL Sierra Nevada/Reno

If I could guess what babies dream about...🤱🏻

Beautiful art by @beejohnsonillo

Black Breastfeeding Week Ottawa-Gatineau
08/30/2019

Black Breastfeeding Week Ottawa-Gatineau

Happy Black breastfeeding Week! I see you and I honour you.

08/17/2019
Dr. Jen 4 Kids: Breastfeeding Medicine

Dr. Jen 4 Kids: Breastfeeding Medicine

We need to start consistently discussing breastfeeding as biologically normal, as an integral part of the development of the infant's immune system, and as protection from inflammation at a critical time in gut development. We need to continue to emphasize the process of feeding at the breast as temperature regulation, and happy and secure brain pathway creation. We should be learning as much as we can about the passage of genetic material and epigenetic information through breastmilk and what that means for long term health for that infant and subsequent generations. And once we've marveled about those properties of human milk, maybe then we can talk about it as being food.

For anyone out there nursing a baby tonight ❤️
08/14/2019

For anyone out there nursing a baby tonight ❤️

Nighttime parenting. Caring for a baby at night can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a new parent. Nursing a baby "on cue" not only assures you a bountiful milk supply. It also makes you available to comfort your child, soothe a pain, or simply provide the human contact your baby needs. No need to watch the clock; watch what your baby is telling you. He may be thirsty, want a snack, or a full course meal. #babies #sleep #nighttimeparenting #breastfeeding #nursingondemand

There are so many ways that babies get human milk. All of these, and adoptive mom with an sns,  single dad bottle feedin...
08/07/2019

There are so many ways that babies get human milk. All of these, and adoptive mom with an sns, single dad bottle feeding donor milk, a wet nursing family friend, a premie with an NG tube of pumped milk, and more. Whatever your way, LLLC is here to support you!
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#breastfeeding #chestfeeding #parenting #inclusivity #humanmilkforhumanbabies

Infographic by www.facebook.com/groups/illuminatebirth/

La Leche League Canada
08/05/2019

La Leche League Canada

Do you know a baby's early signs for hunger? Look for smacking lips, sucking movements, bringing their hand to their mouth and bobbing around with their face. Crying is a late hunger cue. Your baby will latch and feed better if you get ready to feed them when they begin to give you the first hunger cues. A poster with a series of photographs showing baby cues can be found here;https://www.lllc.ca/sites/lllc.ca/files/baby-feeding-cues-poster_june-2015.pdf

The more your baby feeds, the more milk you will produce when feeding on demand in response to baby's cues. This World Breastfeeding Week help educate others on your baby's signals for hunger. #WBW2019

As babies grow, they develop other ways to show hunger. How does your baby signal their hunger now?

U.S. Coast Guard
08/02/2019

U.S. Coast Guard

Did you know today kicks off World Breastfeeding Week? Do you want to know more about breastfeeding in the Coast Guard? Join us this week as we highlight policies and show support for our awesome breastfeeding moms!

Quick facts:

• The Coast Guard recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding and the fact that many women will return to work with the desire to continue nursing.

• The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding alongside introduction of complementary foods for at least 1 year.

• Most active duty moms return to work when their baby is less than 3 months old, making pumping during the work day a priority for those who breastfeed.

• According to the Business Case for Breastfeeding it usually takes around 15-20 minutes to pump breast milk, plus prep and breakdown time, for a total of about 30 minutes every 2-3 hours. Although uncommon, some women may need additional time.

• Infants who are breastfed have reduced risks of asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding can also help lower a mother’s risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and ovarian and breast cancer.

#WBW2019 #militarybreastfeeding #breastfeedingincombatboots

To celebrate world breastfeeding week, Dr. Newman's ebook Breastfeeding: Empowering Parents is free  on Amazon August 1s...
08/01/2019

To celebrate world breastfeeding week, Dr. Newman's ebook Breastfeeding: Empowering Parents is free on Amazon August 1st

There is so much disappointment surrounding breastfeeding these days. Every day the media bring stories of mothers who wanted to breastfeed, who then went on to put enormous effort into making breastfeeding work, who even saw lactation consultants or health professionals in order to get help with breastfeeding. And they didn´t get the help they needed. They continued to be in pain, their babies were still crying, their babies were still not thriving, their babies were still not latching on. And the people to whom they have turned for help, ended up telling them there was nothing more to be done. And finally, the disillusionment came: "Breastfeeding is not at all what I had imagined. It is not as simple as putting the baby to the breast." This is followed by false words of comfort like: "As long as your baby is happy and you are happy, it is all okay." Or: "All the baby needs is to be fed."

There is a huge gap between the help mothers receive and the help they truly deserve. Disappointment is not necessary; breastfeeding can work, but good information is important.

Get my free ebook called Breastfeeding: Empowering Parents today: www.ibconline.ca/ebook

Breastfeeding Support - La Leche League New Zealand
07/27/2019

Breastfeeding Support - La Leche League New Zealand

Have you ever had to get a young baby back to breast after feeding challenges early on? What tricks worked for you and your little one in the end? 💚
#BreastfeedingSupport #LLLNZ #BreastfeedingChallenges #BackToBreast

Sometimes a Newborn or younger infant has had a tough run and through expressing and syringe feeding or other techniques you have battled to keep providing breastmilk for you baby. Now the initial challenges have passed you are in a place where you want to get your baby back to breast and make feeding a bit easier and more relaxing for you both.
*this post isn’t about relactation, there are links in the link below to follow if that is what you need*.
Getting your baby back to the breast takes patience and persistence.

Here are some ideas! (Links below)
* Try nursing when your baby is asleep or very sleepy, such as during the night or, while napping.
* Vary nursing positions. (Some babies will refuse to nurse in one position but will take the breast in another).
* Try feeding in a quiet, darkened room or a place that is free from distractions.
* Give your baby extra attention and skin-to-skin contact. Babies often latch on and nurse more efficiently during and after skin-to-skin contact.
* When offering the breast, undress to the waist and strip off your baby and do skin to skin.
* Use a baby sling or a carrier to keep your baby close between attempts to nurse.
* Take warm baths together to soothe you both and maximize skin-to-skin contact.
* Sleep together in order to provide closeness and more opportunities to nurse. Make sure you Follow safe sleep 7 guidelines.
* Pump a little before putting him to the breast to get your milk flowing so that your baby gets an ‘immediate reward’.
* If your baby needs a supplement you can give it in a cup or syringe.
* Another way to eliminate bottles is to supplement at the breast. This has been helpful to some moms and babies transitioning from bottle to breast. For this you will need a nursing supplementer.
* If your baby has been used to feeding from a bottle, and is too hungry or agitated to take the breast at the beginning of a feed, you might find he is happy to do so after taking a small volume from a bottle first – enough to calm him. When your baby is calmer try to switch your baby to the breast.
* Another tool that mothers have found very helpful is breast compressions while feeding to keep up a faster flow when baby becomes agitated.

Full article:
https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/back-to-breast/

Additional resources:
Help! My baby won’t nurse:
https://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/back-to-breast/
https://www.laleche.org.uk/my-baby-wont-breastfeed/
safe sleep 7 /bedsharing resource: https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/sleep-bedshare/

how wonderful to be able to be an actual safe comfortable place for your baby to grow
07/17/2019

how wonderful to be able to be an actual safe comfortable place for your baby to grow

Oxytocin is the hormone that makes milk flow. Relaxing helps oxytocin production. Is there anything that you used to hel...
07/16/2019
La Leche League USA

Oxytocin is the hormone that makes milk flow. Relaxing helps oxytocin production. Is there anything that you used to help relax while nursing or pumping?

A small experiment suggests that those who get breastfeeding support that includes relaxation therapy may feel less stressed and have babies who eat and sleep more than women who don’t get this extra help.
“33 of the women received audio recordings that encouraged relaxation through deep breathing and offered positive messages about breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding, which they were instructed to play while they nursed.
Mothers who listened to relaxation therapy while breastfeeding reported less stress than women who didn’t get the audio recordings, researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”
#stress #breastfeeding #infantsleep #positiveaffirmations

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La Leche League Canada

La Leche League Canada is a registered non profit that provides mother-to-mother/parent-to-parent/peer support for pregnant people, new parents and beyond. We are parents like you who have breastfed or chestfed our own children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. As volunteer Leaders we are accredited within La Leche League Canada after a detailed training program and have access to current scientific and legal information to help support others.

Connection and respect are at the heart of what we do and we strive to ensure that all families are welcomed and reflected in every aspect of La Leche League Canada, including in our volunteer Leaders. We believe that nobody knows your baby or family better than you and that everyone deserves the right circle of support in which to raise their children.

La Leche League Canada is a national registered Canadian charity and part of a global organization, La Leche League International, LLLC has been supporting families in Canada for over fifty years.

In person, by phone, online, and in informal group meetings our volunteer Leaders will be there to support you by providing evidence-based information on breastfeeding and human milk. We live and parent in the communities we serve and tailor programs to the needs of each community.

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