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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Traveling with a breastfed baby

Since many families take trips in the holiday season, we thought this FAQ by LLLI was a good one to point mom's toward.

Are there any tricks to traveling with a breastfed baby?

It's much easier to travel with a breastfed baby than a bottle-fed one. A breastfeeding mother doesn't need to worry about packing bottles and formula or sterilizing all the feeding supplies. Your milk is always ready and always at the right temperature, and the comfort of nursing can help reduce the stress of being in unfamiliar places.

For the rest of this article click HERE.

And here is a good article from New Beginnings on Traveling with Toddlers from the Toddler Tips section.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Daniel Island Meeting canceled for December

LLL of Charleston/Daniel Island Meeting is canceled for December.

Please join us on January 27th for our next evening meeting or another meeting in the Charleston area any time you can.

LLL Meetings are open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Babies and toddlers are always welcome & meetings are always FREE.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

La Leche League International needs your stories!

(LLLI Member Magazine) needs personal stories from breastfeeding mothers about the normal course of breastfeeding. Tell us what helped you cope with challenges such as sore nipples, plugged ducts, frequent nursing, colic, premature birth, fatigue, or a baby with a chronic health problem. Describe how you breastfed while being treated for a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Write about your experience with breastfeeding a child older than one year or using loving guidance with your preschooler or older child.

Personal stories should be between 600 and 1000 words. Strike a balance between describing details and sharing your feelings about your experience. Color photos of your child and/or family add to the appeal of these stories. If your submission is selected for publication, all rights are assigned to LLLI and you will receive two complimentary copies of the issue in which your submission appears. Stories may be mailed to:

PO Box 4079
Schaumburg, IL 60168-4079

Or email to the Managing Editor via our Contact Us page. Choose the publications option.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Breastfeeding Law in South Carolina

You probably already know that in 2006 South Carolina passed a law clarifying that a mother may nurse her child in public, and that breastfeeding is exempt from the indecent exposure statutes.

Now, the SC Breastfeeding Coalition will propose legislation in the coming session that will protect the rights of breastfeeding women in the workplace. Those rights will include reasonable requests such as breaks for pumping and protection from discrimination if a woman does decide to pump at work.

Click and find your legislator to show your support of this bill.

You may also want to check out the SC Breastfeeding Action Committee for more information and ideas on how to write or email your representatives.

A note on La Leche League & advocacy...

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.

Though La Leche League of Charleston, SC is not in alliance with these other organizations, we do want to be here to inform our local moms of things that can effect them. You can also find more on legislation and advocacy in the USA at LLL in the USA.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Breastfeeding Book Suggestions

Several moms have asked us for book suggestions on breastfeeding.

Here are a few good ones on breastfeeding, milk supply, multiples, & working outside the home.

An LLLI classic, available in English, Spanish, Dutch and Italian.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by La Leche League International

Newly out!!
The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to MAKING MORE MILK
by Diana West, BA, IBCLC and Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More
by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada

Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work
by Gale Pryor

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
by Martha Sears and William Sears

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Nancy Mohrbacher

Many of these books are available in the LLL of Charleston library for you to borrow. If you want to buy them, remember when have the $40 Regular Membership which includes a one year subscription to New Beginnings, you also receive a member's discount at the LLLI on-line store.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Another Look

December 1st was World Aids Day. In honor of this, we'd like to share a link for an organization entitled Another Look.

AnotherLook is a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering information, raising critical questions, and stimulating needed research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDS.

The following letter was written by LLLI Founder & President and CEO of Another Look, Marian Tompson:

December 1, 2008

Dear Friend of AnotherLook,

Today - World Aids Day - is a fitting time to send you an update on what AnotherLook did in 2008 and is currently doing.

First of all, there have been interesting changes in infant feeding recommendations. Women in developing countries are being encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their babies for six months. This is a significant change from the 1997 WHO recommendations when women were told to not breastfeed at all, if formula was acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable and safe. Unfortunately, HIV positive women in industrialized countries, including the United States, are still being told not to breastfeed. Sweden is the only industrialized nation where breastfeeding by an HIV positive mother is forbidden by law. Women in industrial countries are threatened with having their babies taken away if they breastfeed, despite the fact that there is no evidence that babies who are breastfed by HIV positive mothers are more likely to get sick and die than those who are fed formula, nor proof that HIV in breast milk is actually infectious or that the baby can be infected by the virus in breast milk. Two years ago AnotherLook was contacted by an HIV positive mother in Indiana, whose newborn baby was put into foster care for three months after she breastfed in the hospital.

In 2008 AnotherLook activities were aimed at gathering information, raising critical questions and stimulating needed research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV and AIDS. These activities included:

* Participating in the first meeting of the World Alliance For Breastfeeding Action (WABA) North America Region and leading a session in the meeting on Reducing Discrimination Toward HIV+ Mothers in North America on Infant Feeding Issues.
* Moving forward on a research project to survey the policies and practices of Child Protective Services in the USA toward HIV+ mothers who wish to breastfeed. A Masters Level student in Public Health will do the study as a practicum. (In a sample test in one state, we were told that if the HIV+ mother who chose to breastfeed was not well educated, it would be assumed that she didn’t understand the warning from her doctor not to breastfeed and would simply be told to put the baby on a bottle. However, if the mother was well educated, had researched this issue and still decided to breastfeed she might be taken to court and have her baby taken away.)
* Meeting with our research team at the University of Texas Medical Center, in Galveston to work on a study design to research HIV virus in breast milk and to identify funding sources.
* Having the AnotherLook abstract “HIV and Feeding Recommendations, Political Science” included on the CD-Rom of presentations at the 2008 International AIDS Conference.
* Becoming part of the Leadership Team of the United States Breastfeeding Committee when Marian Tompson, as the AnotherLook delegate, accepted the invitation to be vice-chair for the coming year.
* Doing PowerPoint presentations on this issue for health professionals at La Leche League Conferences in the United States and Ireland.
* Responding to requests for information from parents, students, researchers and health care professionals.
* Updating the AnotherLook library of research on breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS.
* Working on a paper with a physician on the flaws of HIV testing in low risk populations.
* Looking forward to updating theAnotherLook website with frequently asked questions about breastfeeding and HIV, making the website more interactive with a team that is ready to implement this task.

This important work is only possible because of the financial support of many friends. After attending a past AnotherLook presentation a key person at UNICEF said that AnotherLook should be present at every discussion of infant feeding when a mother is HIV positive because we presented elements of the issue that were very often overlooked.

We can see we are making a difference as researchers begin to question infant feeding strategies that are based solely on the possibility of virus transmission instead of on maximizing the probabilities for good maternal/infant health.

You can help continue this work by making a donation, tax deductible in the United States, to:


P.O. Box 383

Evanston, IL 60204-0383

We appreciate your interest and send our best wishes for Happy Holidays!

Marian Tompson

Monday, December 1, 2008

Get a “Green” Bag Free with Every Order from the LLLI Store

Get a “Green” Bag Free with Every Order from the LLLI Store!

Go green with the “Of Course I’m for Breastfeeding” bag! It’s made from 100% recycled materials, is hand washable, and is gusseted for maxium space. Use it again and again for groceries, to tote personal items, and to show your support for breastfeeding mothers around the world! Measures 13x13x5. As a way to say thank you to our customers, one free “Of Course I’m for Breastfeeding” tote bag will automatically be placed in every order from November 1 through December 31, 2008. (Bags also available for individual and bulk purchase.)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mt. Pleasant Meeting December 5th - Room Change

La Leche League of Charleston/Mt. Pleasant meets on the first Friday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

The library is hosting a book sale this Friday and Saturday. We usually meet in the room near the bathrooms where this will be taking place.

Instead, we will be in the conference room - enter the library and go directly to the back. The room will be on the right.

December's theme for all LLL of Charleston meetings will be nutrition and weaning.

Topics like eating healthy while pregnant or nursing, first foods, ideas for toddler snacks, gentle weaning at different stages, oral health, teething, allergies and so much more can come up!!

Of course, as with all meetings, any topic that moms bring up is discussed. So, come with any concerns you may have. Call or email a Leader for more information or if you have concerns before then.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Thank you for thinking of La Leche League International this season.

:) The Leaders of La Leche League of Charleston, SC

Brittan, Elizabeth, Kimberly, Mandy, Marlo, Naomi & Samara

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Daniel Island Evening Meeting Tonight

The fourth Tuesday of each month, La Leche League holds a meeting on Daniel Island for moms who want breastfeeding support in the evening. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and is held at Church of the Holy Cross.

See our link to Daniel Island meting information on the right side-bar for more information or Leader's contact information.

This meeting, like all La Leche League meetings is open to any woman interested in learning more about breastfeeding; whether pregnant or currently nursing. Babies are always welcome and we especially encourage you to bring your baby along if you have concerns about position or latch.

La Leche League is a nonprofit, non-governmental, and non-sectarian organization. Always call to confirm meeting location and time in case of holiday or other change.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

November's Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties

In LLL of Charleston our November meeting theme for all area meetings is "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties".

Leaders and mothers always have excellent ideas to help mothers overcome roadblocks that may impede breastfeeding progress. Terms like "nursing strike" or mastitis may come up at meetings in November. Becoming informed is the best way to avoid those issues and keep from feeling overwhelmed.

Instead of resting and recovering, mothers who deliver babies in November and December often find themselves shopping, cleaning, decorating, cooking, and entertaining. New mothers are especially vulnerable during the holiday season so this month is the perfect time to discuss these topics.

If you can, take time out to attend a LLL meeting and connect with other like-minded moms or moms-to-be. You can be sure to learn the delicate art of breastfeeding and hopefully avoid breastfeeding challenges this holiday season.

Please bring up any questions or concerns you have, even if they don't fit the topic!

Welcome to our Blog

Hello Moms and Moms-to-Be.

We are hoping this blog can be another way to keep moms up-to-date on the goings on and happenings in LLL of Charleston, SC. We are excited to utilize this blog to keep you informed on meeting topics and other fun events we will have from time to time. It’s a new year and a new blog to go with it! We hope you enjoy it.

The Leaders of LLL of Charleston, SC.

Brittan, Elizabeth, Kimberly, Mandy, Marlo, Naomi & Samara