La Leche League Leaders

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Abbott Recalls 5 Million Units of Similac

If you or someone you know is supplementing with Similac baby formula please read this information and pass it along.

‎5 million units of Similac are being recalled. The formula contains the beetles or their larvae. Watch babies for "symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat".

For more information please check out these links.

Similac Recall: Beetles Concern Prompts Infant Formula To Be Recalled

Abbott recalls beetle-tainted Similac baby formula

Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards

If you are supplementing with formula, you may find this information from the World Health Organization helpful.

Safe preparation, storage and handling of powdered infant formula GUIDELINES

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 17th W. Ashley Meeting

La Leche League of Charleston in West Ashley meets on the third Friday of the month at 10:15 AM at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Highway (US17), Charleston/West Ashley.

Meetings are always free and you can come pregnant or nursing or just thinking it over. Babies and children are always welcome.

La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.

They are available by phone or email whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns. See you there!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Books for New Moms & Dads

We had a super great meeting today in Mount Pleasant and we talked a lot about books. We believe that moms know their babies best and they really just need to trust their baby.

We often say "watch the baby, not the clock" and similar expressions because we really believe if you watch your baby, he or she will give you the answer more than any book. But we do have ones that we really feel help mothers and fathers to find their way to trust themselves.

Information is power for you to make the best choices for your family.
Here are a few of our favorites!!

Naomi Stadlen has written a gem of a book for all new moms entitled "What Mothers Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing." Get ready for some tears and feeling that she legitimizes what we do all day. It is more than you give yourself credit for. This is a must read for all new moms!

Kathy Kendall-Tackett has written two wonderful books that many new moms will find helpful at some time or another: “The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood” and “Depression in New Mothers.” If you are feeling more that just those few weepy days of baby blues don't hesitate to please pick one of these up and give us and your health care practitioner a call.

"The Breastfeeding Cafe: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing" by Barbara L. Behrmann is filled with stories from moms in their own words about their feelings about breastfeeding and mothering...from love, to ambivalence, to dislike. You will feel like you are at a meeting like ours reading it.

Most of our moms have heard of William and Martha Sears. They have so many books..."The Baby Book", "The Baby Sleep Book", "The Breastfeeding Book" and many more. One thing that many moms like about these books is the encouragement to follow your heart and not always follow their books. You may find you like bits and pieces of their ideas and you may find you've heard many of them at an LLL meeting before!

I can't forget to mention "Womanly Art of Breastfeeding New 8th Edition" By LLLI. This new edition is wonderful, warm, up-to-date, modern info for today's mom. You will love it. We feel it is a meeting in a book!

All new families go through that sleep deprivation stage. It is a badge to be proudly warn! Yet we all need to take care of ourselves too. Here is the book we talked about today. It is entitled "The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night" and it is by Elizabeth Pantley. She gives lots of research based information for those of us who just feel letting a baby cry themselves to sleep is wrong but just don't know what else to do. She is gentle and non-judgmental and has a ton of ideas. Some may work for your sleepy family.

Here are a few great ones for new dads too:

While on a Sears kick, I'll add a couple for the dads. One popular one in the LLL circle is "Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family". My favorite for dads that I buy for gifts for family and friends is "Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know" by William and Martha's sons James Sears and Robert Sears. It is a great little book that is fun and quick to read. My husband even read it and liked it!

Leave the book by your bed or next to one of the chairs you nurse in or pump in and read a chapter at a time or a page at a time. Happy reading!