Monday, October 13, 2014

THANK YOU & Ways you can support your group without $$

We want to aLLL give a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our La Leche League September Nurseiversary Fun-drive.  A thank you goes especially to Meredith C. for your gracious donation and the idea to do a matching drive! 

We are always appreciative of your membership and donations which go directly to your Local Group when bought through your Local Group. 

Not everyone can afford membership and that is why attending meetings is and always will remain FREE. You have asked how you can take ownership of your Group and help out in different ways. 

You can still be a tremendous support by being active in your La Leche League Group perhaps by:
       Taking on a Group job, such as Librarian or Treasurer.
       Attending LLL Series Meetings and offering your experience are of enormous help to a new mother.
       Offering to host a Series Meeting or other meetings or playgroups.
       Helping to publicize your Group, distributing meeting notices to clinics, health offices, playgroups and local places that cater to new parents. 
       Helping to raise funds for your Group could help provide more leaflets, information sheets and books for your Group Library.
       Asking others to donate to your Local Group in honor of your child.
       Coordinating healthy snacks or drinks (at some locations).
       Word of mouth in our community to let other families know we are here for them as well.
       Donating your gently used copies of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding or other La Leche League books to your Group so that they can be borrowed from your Group’s library.
       Talking to your health care team about the information and support you are discussing as a part of La Leche League.
       Send media outlets via email to have our meeting added in the 
'community calendar'.
       Greet Moms at meetings (or Dads at some locations) so that newcomers feel welcome too!
       Reach out to other moms and moms-to-be in our facebook group to encourage each other.
       What would you add??

Thanks again!! See you (and your little) at the next LLL meeting near you!!

Beth, Brittan, Carissa, Hillary, Kimberly, Marlea, Monica, Naomi & Scotty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 2014 Meetings and Fun

OCTOBER La Leche League Meetings and Fun
Happy Fall Ya’ll!!

Charleston meeting theme for October is adjusting to life with a new baby. This meeting focuses on the first six weeks and offers tips to make the transition into being a family as smooth as possible. Getting MILK SUPPLY off to a great start too! Come pregnant or nursing or pumping!!  Of course, as always, we talk about all concerns and discussion topics brought to the Group.

Why LLL meetings? In generations past, many mothers had plenty of support for breastfeeding their babies because their mothers, grandmothers and sisters had breastfed. Now many of us live far away from our families and most likely, they didn't breastfed. Breastfeeding is natural, but it is a learned art. Attending an LLL meeting and seeing other mothers breastfeed their babies helps new and expectant mothers learn how to nurture their babies too.

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10/3/14 Mt Pleasant
FIRST Friday of each month at 10:15 AM
St. Andrew's Church at 440 Whilden Street
~Monica 843.810.8552
~Beth 843.469.4404

10/14/14 Mt Pleasant North
**MOMS AND DADS WELCOME at this location**
SECOND Tuesday of the month at 9:30 AM
Take the elevators in the Medical Office Building to the 2nd floor, the administration offices are directly across the hall once the elevators open. Just go into this area, and the boardroom is the large room facing you once you open the doors to the administration suites.
Mount Pleasant Hospital, 3500 North Highway 17
~Naomi 843.388.5895
~Carissa 843.654.1240

10/17/14 SC Breastfeeding Coalition Conference 

10/17/14 West Ashley
THIRD Friday of the month at 10:15 AM
John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Highway (US17)
~Beth 843.469.4404
~Kimberly 843.814.1322

10/21/14 Summmerville Meeting
THIRD Tuesday Evening of the month
7:00 PM, Summerville Church of Christ, 413 Old Trolley Rd
Meeting Located in the Brick house on the Left.
~ Kimberly 843.814.1322

10/28/14 Goose Creek  
FOURTH Tuesday Evening – Goose Creek/N. Charleston, SC
5:30 PM, Otranto Road Regional Library
2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, SC
~Marlea 901.210.7541
~Hillary 843.847.1482

We look forward to meeting you in person soon!!
Meetings are always free.  We do have topics planned but we also answer any concerns brought up in the meetings. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Celebrate your baby's "NURSEIVERSARY" with a donation to your Local La Leche League Group!


La Leche League of Charleston, SC recently received an offer of a donation in honor of a sweet baby and mommy who have made it to their ONE YEAR nurseiversary and are going strong!  They are part of our on-line community Facebook group which has been a fun extension of our in-person meetings and gatherings.  She challenged US to raise $1,000 by asking families who have been supported by La Leche League of Charleston to donate in their child's honor and she will match up to $1,000!  She will proudly give her tax deductible donation in the sum of $1,000!!!!  We can't begin to thank her (and hopefully you too) enough!!   With the funds, we plan to work on updating our meetings, buy new hand outs, update Leader education and more!!  We have a large wish list and we would like to start working on these but we can't  do it without our communities support.  


Have you wondered how you can pay it forward and support your local La Leche League group?  You may have attended a Series Meeting.  You may be a part of a local Facebook support group as well.

La Leche League depends on the financial support of mothers who attend our meetings. Membership is expected after a mother has had a chance to decide if she wants to take advantage of what we have to offer.

Mothers who have paid $40 membership (or any amount you can) in the past have made it possible for La Leche League to be here for you. Please help La Leche League be there for the next mother.

Here are some things to consider:
  •   Unlike many other groups, La Leche League does not exist in order to raise money. We raise money in order to exist. 
  • LLL membership is a worthwhile investment! When you become a La Leche League member you join an organization that has supported breastfeeding mothers for more than almost 60 years!
  • You attend monthly meetings (in person and on-line) and enjoy the companionship of mothers with a similar mothering philosophy.
  • You receive a 10% discount on most items offered through the LLLI Catalogue.
  • We receive no outside funds. Leaders are volunteers; in fact, we also pay $75 yearly in dues. Your dues not only help our Group but also help La Leche League USA and LLL International reach out to families all over the world.
  • Think of membership as a $3.33 a month outing with your baby in an environment of supportive breastfeeding mothers where you receive the latest breastfeeding information and have access to great parenting and breastfeeding resources.
  • We think parents are more important than their money, although we need money in order to continue helping mothers. Financial alternatives to our one-year membership fee are available.  We love our volunteers who can help out in any way in person or on-line! Let us know how you’d like to help.
  • La Leche League, like water, is free. However it costs money to get it piped to you. We're here on a 24-hour-a-day basis piping breastfeeding information and support.
  • Become a member of La Leche League, one of the oldest women's self-help groups. Your membership brings two informative publications (NEW BEGINNINGS & BREASTFEEDING TODAY) into your home via email and ensures the continuance of LLL's work around the world, in South Carolina, and in our own Charleston County and Lowcountry area.

You may wonder why we ask for donations (tax deductible) and where the money will go? Our Leader "WISH LIST" includes all things used for the Group or given back to the families.  

·      Information hand outs (solids, weaning, sleep, pumping, milk storage) $6.95 per set for about 12 sets 
·      Information pamphlets (is baby getting enough, choosing breast pumps)
    Updated flyers and business cards to give to parents and doctors
·      Hands on models for use in meetings
    Diaper logs to pass out at meetings 
·      New books (for our LLL library and the community) *Sweet Sleep is $15 and WAB is $16 each and we need about 8-10 of them
·      Training courses for Leader education  (iLactatioin is $195)
·      Conferences to keep Leaders up to date and informed so they can inform you  (South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition this October)
·      Leader membership dues (Leaders typically pay $75 each but this can be cut down with your help when possible - for 9 that is $675 per year)
   Library book storage carts and caddy.  (we need 3-4 at $25 each)
   Maybe even advertising - we have never had the funds to put an add in the paper.  We would love to get the word out that we are here giving free support! 
·      *More ideas and of course big ones we’d like to do if we had the funds!!
The best way is to join through a local Group, so that funds will be available in YOUR vicinity to help mothers and babies.  With your membership, your local group can receive a small portion of the funds to be able to purchase new pamphlets, books and other resources for your Group. 

To join your local Group, sign up with a Leader at your next meeting.  If you can’t make another meeting soon, but are still interested you can simply email or call your local Leader.

$40 Regular Membership
$100 Sustaining Membership
All Membership levels includes a 10% discount in the LLLI Online Store

Scroll down on the right hand side and click the “buy now” or “donate” buttons…

 Thanks so much for your support!

 The Leaders of La Leche League of Charleston, SC
Beth, Brittan, Carissa, Hillary, Kimberly, Mandy, Marlea, Monica, Naomi & Scotty

Friday, August 29, 2014

September 2014 Fun meetings and playdates

Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide 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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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

We have some fun meetings and a park baby-wearing meet up planned for this month. 
Know that you can contact a LLL Leader any time between meetings.  We are volunteers and will call you back when we can. Please know if you are also on our fb group, the best way to reach us remains via phone or email.  

All our meetings are free.  There is no need to rsvp but it is great to have an idea of numbers if you plan to attend. September's theme is ADVANTAGES of BREASTFEEDING.  Each meeting is very flexible in topic because we always want to take questions or concerns first.  Come to any or all! 

September 5th, 10:15 to 11:30 am 
St Andrew's Church in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant 
440 Whilden Street (parking on Venning) 
Please contact Carissa 843.654.1240 or Monica 843.810.8552

September 9th, 9:30 to 11:15 am 
Roper St Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital
3500 North HWY 17 (office room #3 on the right side of the campus)
Please contact Naomi 843.388.5895 

September 19th, 10:15 to 11:30 am 
John Wesley United Methodist Church
626 Savannah HWY (room next to gym at end of hall)
Please contact Beth 843.469.4404 or Monica 843.810.8552

September 22nd, 10 am to noon. 
Baby Wearing Playdate!?! 
Alhambra Hall Playground - weather permitting. 
131 Middle St. 
Interested in baby wearing or learning how to nurse in a carrier?  Advanced at baby wearing and want to share some of your techniques?  Just want to hang out with like minded nursing parents and get some fresh air?  Either way, join us! Bring water, snacks or lunch if you want.  And of course, bring your various slings and wraps.  If you are interested in selling or trading them as well, feel free to attend.  All brand, product, or services names appearing at this playdate or reference to or use of a product, service, or process does not imply recommendation, approval, affiliation, or sponsorship of that product, service, or process by La Leche League of Charleston or LLL USA. *see Facebook group event* 

September 23rd, 5:30 to 6:45 pm 
Otranto Road Regional Library 
2264 Otranto Road (inside meeting room) 
Please contact Marlea 901.210.7541 or Hillary 843.847.1481 

FYI there is also a La Leche League of Summerville, SC 
You can find their FB  Summerville LLL Group at