Breastfeeding always comes to an end – at some point, every breastfed baby or child stops breastfeeding. This article looks at what happens after your toddler or older child weans,1 how it feels for you and what it might mean for you going forward. Sometimes, because of difficulties, … [Read more...] about After weaning – what next?
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After the first three months, many mothers start to settle into a bit of a rhythm with their baby and begin to feel like life has become a bit more predictable. Then around four months (or anywhere between three and six months), babies seem to change all over again, sometimes becoming more fussy, … [Read more...] about What happens at four months?
The Code of Ethics for Leaders is produced by the La Leche League GB Council of Directors to provide guidelines for how Leaders present themselves when acting as or being recognised as representatives of LLLGB. LEADERS WITH PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL OR COMMERCIAL INTERESTS Leaders, when … [Read more...] about CODE OF ETHICS FOR LEADERS
La Leche League Great Britain (LLLGB) is committed to serving everyone – mothers, parents, families – in a way that is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national origins, ancestries, ages, marital statuses, physical or mental abilities, socio-economic statuses, political views, … [Read more...] about Equity and Representation Policy
This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2020), LLLGB has joined with 19 other breastfeeding organisations and are calling on the UK government to address the fragility of breastfeeding support services. Covid-19 exposes fragility of infant feeding support in the UK With breastfeeding support … [Read more...] about Joint World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Statement
Racial disparities in healthcare are evident in the UK, and the world of breastfeeding support is sadly no stranger to systemic racism. Not only are maternal and infant mortality rates in this country shockingly higher among Women of Colour than among White women, but there are also structural … [Read more...] about In pursuit of equitable breastfeeding support
In the UK you are legally entitled to have dignified, respectful and personalised care as you birth your baby and begin to breastfeed. You are also protected in law from discrimination. Unfortunately, sometimes, people do not receive a good standard of care from their healthcare providers and they … [Read more...] about When you’re unhappy about the care you and your baby received – how to give feedback to healthcare professionals
At the top of my to-do list when I was pregnant with Amaya, my second child, was to find a breastfeeding group. I stopped breastfeeding my son when he was four months old due to the challenges I faced with a lack of support. I was the first person in my family for three generations who breastfed … [Read more...] about First Impressions
Pumping and Me It’s gone eleven o’clock at night and I am trying to settle my five-month-old daughter who has woken up and is in need of a feed. This is in itself not unusual for a newborn and a first-time mum, however what makes it harder is that I am also attached to my breast pump so that I am … [Read more...] about Pumping and Me
If a breastfeeding mother is summonsed to take part in jury service, she can ask for this to be deferred. See our article Breastfeeding and Jury Service However, sometimes a breastfeeding mother is summonsed as a witness in a court case, either because she has previously provided evidence in a … [Read more...] about When a Breastfeeding Mother is called as a Court Witness
When babies cannot feed at the breast comfortably and effectively, and breastfeeding support is hard to find or not able to help, mothers may choose to use a breast pump to express all the milk their baby needs, and then feed via a bottle or feeding tube. This is known as exclusive pumping. While … [Read more...] about Exclusively Expressing Breastmilk for Your Baby
I’ve started thanking everyone at the beginning of La Leche League meetings for making the time to do something important for themselves by coming to talk and listen. Often we prioritise groups that have a more obvious benefit for our babies, like baby massage or playgroups. In the earliest months, … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding in Community – needed now more than ever
Online meetings, for us via Zoom, are great in allowing us to continue to meet and offer breastfeeding support. Some advantages include getting support right where you are, without needing to get dressed, leave your home, maybe even leave your bedroom. You can be doing things right up until the … [Read more...] about LLL and community online – how we make it happen
While we currently cannot run face to face beginning breastfeeding courses, we're delighted to be able to offer a free online alternative. For more information, please click here. … [Read more...] about Beginning breastfeeding online – free antenatal courses
When you have early breastfeeding problems, it can feel as if it’s “all gone wrong” and the dreams you had about feeding your baby are in ruins. Fortunately, babies are very adaptable and resilient, and so are their mothers! With time, patience and, if necessary, skilled help, it is almost always … [Read more...] about Getting breastfeeding on track after a difficult start – the “3 Keeps”
Breastfeeding supporters in the UK – both voluntary and paid – are skilled and experienced in offering breastfeeding support over the phone and online. Several helplines are available, and many have increased capacity: National Breastfeeding Helpline (run by the Association of Breastfeeding … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding support in the UK during the COVID-19 situation.
If your baby is exclusively formula-fed If you are unable to find your usual formula milk, you can use any brand of first stage infant formula milk. They are all required by law to meet the same nutritional standards. “Stage 2” follow-on formula milk must not be used for babies under 6 … [Read more...] about Milk for your baby during the coronavirus pandemic
Ongoing news coverage about coronavirus / Covid-19 can be alarming and it is important to keep track of the most recent current guidance. If you're breastfeeding, you may be worrying about whether you would be able to pass the illness on to your baby if you caught it yourself. Below are links to … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding and coronavirus/Covid-19
I discovered LLL a month ago, 18 months into my feeding journey with twins, four and a half years after I started feeding my eldest. And it's become an absolute highlight of my calendar. For me it's an empowering, supportive space that makes the tough bits of breastfeeding feel easier, the great … [Read more...] about Why I had LLL all wrong (or Why I’m four and a half years late to the LLL party)