La Leche League: Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Support

Our Mission is to help mothers in Baltimore to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

 

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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.
  • Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.
  • 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.

The ideals and principles of mothering which are the foundation of LLLI beliefs are further developed in THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, the most comprehensive handbook on breastfeeding and parenting ever published. It has provided needed answers to three generations of nursing mothers on every aspect of breastfeeding.

We host monthly meetings, playdates, etc. to learn, ask questions, and hang out. 

Course sessions

    Wednesday July 13 2016

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    This will be an introduction to La Leche League and an open discussion session.

    Wednesday August 10 2016

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Wednesday September 14 2016

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Wednesday October 12 2016

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Wednesday November 9 2016

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Wednesday December 14 2016

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Wednesday January 11

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Breastfeeding support group. Pregnant and nursing moms welcomed. Toddlers also welcomed.

    Wednesday February 8

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Breastfeeding support group. Pregnant and nursing moms welcomed. Toddlers also welcomed.

    Wednesday March 8

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Breastfeeding support group. Pregnant and nursing moms welcomed. Toddlers also welcomed.

    Wednesday April 12

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)

    Breastfeeding support group. Pregnant and nursing moms welcomed. Toddlers also welcomed.

    Wednesday May 10

    10:00AM - 12:00PM (North Ave classroom)