La Leche League Leaders

La Leche League Leaders
La Leche League Leaders

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Virtual Support is REAL Support - La Leche League of Charleston, SC is here for you!

Virtual Support is REAL support – Naomi Hambleton, Pronouns: she, her, hers; La Leche League Leader, Charleston, SC When I found La Leche League in New York with my first child, I never thought I’d be a Leader of a Group but over the years I have loved being in this role. Leading in Pennsylvania, I have had “Dads Too and Meeting Two” evenings, I have held Cafe’ style events at libraries. I have been part of LLL playgroups in my current area and many fun events that really met a need and connected our community. This past year when COVID hit, I was so grateful that my co-Leaders and I didn’t skip a beat and went right to virtual ways to support our families. I am a Leader in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. My co-Leaders are Bea, Kacy, Kat, Kimberly, and Tamsen. We already have a good Group with different locations each week of the month, the FIRST FRIDAY in one part of town for new mothers, the SECOND TUESDAY in another for parents and partners, and even the FOURTH SATURDAY for working families. When COVID shut down our ability to have in-person events, we decided to continue our usual scheduled day and time events but to move to virtual. We have tried ZOOM, Google Meets, and even Facebook Rooms for our Facebook Group which has over 4.6 thousand in it!! We have found that that attendance has ebbed and flowed with highs and lows as the tides do here for us in the Lowcountry of South Carolina! We had challenges with connectivity, challenges with getting glitches and links to work, and lots of a learning curve for those of us who weren’t used to this style. But we also have had so many great things that I want to share how proud I am of our Leaders! We all had to adjust our jobs, our families, and our homes for being physically distant while still trying to be social. My co-Leader Tamsen worked on getting us out a monthly flyer that I could post on Instagram and we could use to share with our community. My co-Leader Kimberly held scavenger hunts for the kids during her virtual meetings. She also did a “New Years Day Virtual Meeting/party with Hats and Disco lights”! Kat has worked hard to engage and meet parents on her Saturday meeting while also juggling her children. Bea and I have done our SECOND TUESDAY meeting backing up each other while Bea has deadlines for work at the same time and her little ones home too. My own kids continue to work in their rooms virtually as I set up my dining room with a La Leche League homemade poster hung on my wall for our events. Our co-Leader Kacy became a Leader and her very first meeting was held virtually!! I am really proud of and honored to work with my Charleston Leaders. These are women who love the community we volunteer in and we all really check-in and work as a team. Whether we had one parent or dozens join in, we held 48 meetings in 12 months!! I am proud that we volunteer to support our area and that collectively we were there for families each week as we have been when we were in person. We have even had some wonderful outcomes. Many new parents who would not have been able to travel to meetings are attending our virtual events while in their PJs, while eating meals, while folding laundry, while double tasking work calls, and while parenting their little ones. And Leaders are doing the same on the other end as we remind our children to get on their virtual school classes too! Our in-person meetings usually had lower attendance on bad weather days. This year, if wifi is up and running, we have had nice chats on rainy days without parents having to leave their homes or bring their little ones out in the rain. I know that this year has been a challenge for us but I just want to acknowledge how much work and creativity my lovely group and I have done. We really have taken on this year and made it work for the better. We know that many of those who attend our meetings can be part of vulnerable populations and toddlers are not known for social distancing. I think some of us may even continue to do pop-up Lives on our social media or virtual events as we start to consider when we can find safer ways to also meet in real life out of doors or with masks or in larger spaces. Join us! https://www.lllofsc.com/events

Friday, January 8, 2021

La Leche League of Charleston, SC COVID update 2021

Due to the current public health situation in regards to Covid-19, PLEASE contact a Leader listed on the page for the meeting you are planning to attend! Leaders are available for one-on-one helping via phone, email, and Group Facebook pages. Our website is: https://www.lllofsc.com/charleston La Leche League Leaders are volunteers who have breastfed their own children and have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International. They are familiar with research about all aspects of breastfeeding and educated to answer your questions and concerns. Leader volunteers are available via telephone and email for personalized help. For our FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lllcharleston/
Contact a Leader below for more information Kimberly: 843-814-1322 (call or text) Kat: 843-870-4618 (please leave message) Bea: email beatrice.burton@gmail.com Kacy: 843-343-4118 email Kacylllcharleston@gmail.com Naomi and Tamsen: in person at meetings

Thursday, February 20, 2020

2020 Spring updated meeting and contact information

La Leche League of Charleston, SC


La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
Attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help.

https://www.lllofsc.com/charleston



La Leche League gatherings are a time for parent-to-parent support in a friendly and accepting atmosphere. FREE meetings include pregnant or adopting parents, new and experienced parents and their babies or young children. Topics rotate and no matter what topic, any questions are welcome!

Mt Pleasant Old Village
The 1st Friday of the month at
10:15 a.m.
Etiwan Masonic Lodge, 438 Whilden St, Mt. Pleasant. Extra parking is next door at St. Andrew’s.

Kimberly call/text 843.814.1322


West Ashley
The 3rd Friday of each month at
10:15 a.m.
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, 2095 Henry Tecklenberg Dr., Charleston.
Classroom #3. Use the entrance closest to Lowes.
Kacy kacyLLLcharleston@gmail.com
Tamsen - tamsentroylll@gmail.com


Mt Pleasant North
The 2nd Tuesday of each month at
9:30 a.m.
Roper St. Francis Hospital, 3500 North Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant.
Classroom 2
****Partners & friends welcome****
Bea
beatrice.burton@gmail.com
Naomi - available at meetings


Daniel Island

The 4th Saturday of the month at
12:15 p.m.
Revive Yoga on Daniel Island (Charleston), 225 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 108B, Charleston.
****Children of all ages welcome.
Feel free to bring a lunch****.

Kat 843.870.4618
(please leave a message)


Saturday, October 19, 2019

What is a La Leche League Meeting?

La Leche League of Charleston, SC
https://www.lllofsc.com/charleston


Series Meetings
Breastfeeding families need good information and encouragement. In this day and age, breastfeeding can be a lonely experience, or it can become the most profound thing you'll ever do - you decide! Our meetings provide a casual place where you and your baby are welcome. Practical help and up-to-date information are shared, and friendships are often formed. If you are considering breastfeeding or already breastfeeding, La Leche League welcomes you, your nursing baby and your young children to our monthly meetings.


​La Leche League meetings cover a rotating series of four topics. Though meeting titles may vary, these topics and examples include:

1. ADVANTAGES OF BREASTFEEDING/CHESTFEEDING ​​& HUMAN MILK
What makes human milk the perfect infant food?
How does nursing provide "health insurance" for baby?
What are the advantages to the nursing parent? fathers/partners? other family members?

2. ​ ADJUSTING TO LIFE WITH A NEW BABY
How does baby get started breastfeeding?
How often and how long should baby nurse?
What is partner's role? other children? grandparents?
How do meals and housework get done with a new baby?
Is it possible to breastfeed and return to work?

3. OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES & CHALLENGES
What can be done if milk supply gets low?
What if baby seems fussy all the time?
How do other parents handle night time waking?
Can sore nipples be helped? or prevented?

​​4. NUTRITION, STARTING SOLIDS & WEANING
When and how should baby start solid foods?
What are the best foods to feed a baby? a toddler?
How can family eating habits be improved?
When and how do you wean?

Enrichment Meetings
Our Leaders work to serve the needs of their local communities and the interests of their members. Groups may have special meetings for mothers with nursing toddlers or meetings where dads are welcome that coincide with Series Meetings, or they may hold Enrichment Meetings on special topics. Additionally, our Areas hold periodic Community Education Workshops to give families an opportunity to connect and expand their breastfeeding knowledge. Each meeting is unique - watch your our pages for special events near you!


FB
https://www.facebook.com/BigLatchOnCharlestonSc/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/lllcharleston/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/CharlestonLLL

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/lalechecharlestonsc/

For more information see:
https://www.llli.org/la-leche-league-meetings



Monday, October 7, 2019

La Leche League of Charleston, SC Fall 2019

La Leche League of Charleston, SC


La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
Attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help.

https://www.lllofsc.com/charleston


La Leche League gatherings are a time for parent-to-parent support in a friendly and accepting atmosphere. FREE meetings include pregnant or adopting parents, new and experienced parents and their babies or young children. Topics rotate and no matter what topic, any questions are welcome!



Mt Pleasant Old Village

The 1st Friday of the month at
10:15 a.m. at Etiwan Masonic Lodge, 438 Whilden St, Mt. Pleasant. Extra parking is next door at St. Andrew’s.

Kimberly 843.814.1322


West Ashley

The 3rd Friday of each month at
10:15 a.m. at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, 2095 Henry Tecklenberg Dr., Charleston.
Classroom #3. Use the entrance closest to Lowes.
Tamsen - available at meeting


Mt Pleasant North

The 2nd Tuesday of each month at
9:30 a.m. at Roper St. Francis Hospital, 3500 North Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant.
Classroom 2
****Partners & friends welcome****
Bea
beatrice.burton@gmail.com
Naomi - available at meeting


Daniel Island

The 4th Saturday of the month at
12:15 p.m. at Revive Yoga on Daniel Island (Charleston), 225 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 108B, Charleston. ****Children of all ages welcome.
Feel free to bring a lunch****.

Kat 843.870.4618 (please leave a message)





Wednesday, October 2, 2019

La Leche League of Charleston, SC

La Leche League of Charleston, SC   


FIRST FRIDAY
Mount Pleasant Old Village
10:15 am
Masonic Lodge
438 Whilden Street
Mount Pleasant, SC
*Mothers, babies and children welcome*

SECOND TUESDAY
North Mount Pleasant
9:30 am
Roper St Francis Hospital
3500 North Hwy 17, Room 2
Mount Pleasant, SC
* Parents and Partners welcome *

THIRD FRIDAY
West Ashley
10:15 am
Bon Secours St Francis Hospital
2095 Tecklenburg Drive
Charleston, SC
*Mothers, babies and children welcome*

FOURTH SATURDAY
Daniel Island
12:15 pm
Revive Yoga Studio
225 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 108B
Charleston, SC
*Children of all ages welcome - feel free to bring your own lunch*

You don't need to reserve a seat to attend. Gatherings are casual and free.
For more information go to:

La Leche League of South Carolina: https://www.lllofsc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigLatchOnCharlestonSc/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lalechecharlestonsc/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlestonlll

Thursday, July 11, 2019

La Leche League of Charleston, SC 2019

La Leche League of Charleston hosts seven meetings a month

Goose Creek/N. Charleston Morning: The second Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Goose Creek Library, 325 Old Moncks Corner Rd, Goose Creek
Goose Creek/N. Charleston Evening: The LAST Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2135 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston. ****Partners, all support people welcome****
Mt Pleasant Morning: ***July 2019 Meeting is canceled.*** The first Friday of the month at 10:15 a.m. at Etiwan Masonic Lodge, 438 Whilden St, Mt. Pleasant. Extra parking is next door at St. Andrew’s.
Mt Pleasant Morning: The second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Roper St. Francis Hospital, 3500 North Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant. ****Partners, all support people welcome****
Summerville Morning: The first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at Roper St. Francis Healthcare Medical Office Building, 300 Callen Rd, Summerville ****Address may not show on GPS yet**** On 176, toward Cane Bay, behind the new hospital under construction.
Summerville Evening: July 16, 2019 and August 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 1312 N. Main St, Summerville ****Temporary location****
West Ashley Morning: The third Friday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, 2095 Henry Tecklenberg Dr., Charleston. We meet in Classroom #3. Use the entrance closest to Lowes.


Contact a Leader below for more information
Kimberly: 843-814-1322 (call or text)
Samara: 843-952-7441 email Samara
Kat: 843-370-4618 (please leave message)
Tiffany: 757-472-1025 email Tiffany
Joy: email Joy
Bea: email Bea
Naomi, Ashley, and Tamsen: available at meetings
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 and/or email whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns. Only accredited Leaders are authorized to represent and/or speak for La Leche League International