I recently came across a blog post about a neat meeting/group event, held by a LLL group in Washington State. The event, called “It’s a Wrap,” was was an afternoon filled with breastfeeding, nutrition, and baby wearing education for pregnant moms and their support persons (grandmas and dads came too). The new mamas also had the opportunity to sew their own baby sling.
The fabric and sewing machines were all donated and the nutrition information, which included healthy snacks and printed recipes to take home, was provided by nutrition graduate students. Volunteers from a country sewing association helped mothers make the slings. Read more about the event on one of the volunteer’s blog, Pink Chalk Studios.
What a great event to help families get new information and have fun!
Have you done anything unique or exciting with your La Leche League group? Let us know! We would love to share your event and meeting ideas with other leaders. Email us the information and any photos you want to include.
There are three initiatives on the U.S. breastfeeding scene that we want to be sure Leaders know about and that we encourage you share with the mothers you support.
- U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is sponsoring a “Welcome Back” message for Congress explaining how breastfeeding is important to our nation’sfamilies, employers, and economy. You can add your signature by going to: http://org2.democracyinaction.
This is time sensitive! On January 24, the letter will be delivered to members of Congress with the names of each member’s own constituents who have signed the letter. Individuals can add their own comments if they’d like.
- Best for Babes has created a Nursing In Public Harassment Hotline. Having records of as many incidents as possible, even if the mom chooses not to take action on her own, will be instrumental in taking steps such as encouraging companies or legislators to make changes. You can learn more about that here:http://www.bestforbabes.org/
- There’s a petition to develop a postage stamp for breastfeeding. You can learn more here: https://petitions.whitehouse.
gov/petition/develop-and- issue-stamp-or-series-stamps- depict-promote-and-normalize- breastfeeding/YhYyRcMT?utm_ source=wh.gov&utm_medium= shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl
During the District Workshop on October 15 we discussed some ideas surrounding this very topic. Since this subject has been broached on ChapterOnLine I will summarize a few things that we spoke about during the DW:
1. The good news is we’ve been getting the message out that human milk is for human babies and the best milk is from a baby’s mother – first from the breast, second pumped mother’s milk. Third best is human milk from another mother.
2. LLLI’s policy about the Leader’s role in discussing milk sharing has changed: first policy 1992, 2007 revision, 2010 revision.
3. This revision is what guides us now.
4. As a Leader and representative of this organization we want to clearly state LLL’s priorities.
5. Crisis times are not included in these circumstances.
6. As with all helping situations we respond with support and information
7. Please encourage the mother to dialogue with her health care professional.
8. There ARE risks to milk sharing and there ARE benefits.
9. A Leader shall NEVER suggest an informal milk sharing situation. No milk brokering.
Please know that the Professional Liaison Department is here for you, the Leaders. We would LOVE to dialogue with you if you have a question or concern of a medical or legal nature – that’s what we’re here for! 🙂