I always knew I would breastfeed my baby. My mom breastfed me, I knew the benefits and I was determined. I was reading about breastfeeding the moment I got my “big fat positive”. I wanted to be as prepared as possible. I knew about Le Leche League and I even looked up the nearest one to me and wrote down the meeting times and dates, but I was hesitant to actually show up there. It was very clear on their website that expectant mothers were welcome AND encouraged to come but I was still hesitant.
Will I be the only one there who is not currently nursing?
Will they think I am strange for coming “so early”?
Will the women be friendly?
Fast forward a few more months into my pregnancy… My sis in law was celebrating her birthday and a big group of her friends took her out to celebrate. There were two other pregnant women at the table with and someone asked “are any of you planning to breastfeed”. I spoke up with an enthusiastic “YES, I am definitely going to nurse my baby!” She asked me if I had made it to a LLL meeting yet and invited me to tag along with her the next time she went.
Going was one of the BEST things I did during my pregnancy (my birth class and massage were other great things). I was NOT the only one there who wasn’t currently nursing, no one thought I was strange, no one thought I was there “too early” and all the women were friendly. I felt welcomed and supported. I was able to make relationships with the leaders and other women in attendance. I found a support system; I knew that if I needed help once my baby arrived that they would be there for me. I knew I could count on them and they didn’t disappoint. I became a regular at that meeting, called crying on the phone to a leader a time or two and had a beautiful nurturing breastfeeding relationship with my baby.
If you are pregnant and want wanting to breastfeed I can't encourage you enough to go to a LLL meeting.
To all the leader at Le Leche League of Glassboro, thanks for all you did for me and for all the other women in our community.
For more info on LLL and to find meetings near you visit: http://www.llli.org/
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