At LLL meetings:
You can look.
No two people at a meeting will have the same parenting style. You’ll see things you like and things you don’t like. Try what you like and leave the rest.
You can listen.
Some women just want to sit and listen when they come. No one will pressure you to participate if you don’t want to.
You can ask questions.
“Is this a normal diaper for a breastfed baby?”
“How can I get my baby to sleep?”
“Where can I find a good bra?”
“How can I cope with criticism of my parenting?”
“What do I do with a crying baby?”
You can “get out” with your baby.
La Leche League meetings are designed with babies in mind. They’re informal, and no one will mind if you nurse, change a diaper, or soothe a fretful baby. It feels good to get out of the house with your baby. What better place to come?
You can find friends for yourself and your child.
Some friendships that start at La Leche League meetings last long after the children are grown.
You can find someone to talk to later.
La Leche League Leaders are just a phone call or email away, any time you need to talk.
You can complain.
Sometimes it helps to talk with people who have “been there.” Whatever you’re going through, someone at the meeting will have been through something similar.
You can help someone else.
When you come to a La Leche League meeting, you don’t just learn from other women; other women have a chance to learn from you. You become part of the pattern of mother-to-mother support that began at the first La Leche League meeting in 1956. This support has spread around the world and continues to spread at all the mother-to-mother get-togethers that are at the heart of La Leche League.
If you find that LLL has helped you, consider becoming a member of LLL. We’re here now because mothers have become members in the past. For $25 a year, you’ll help ensure that La Leche League of Bakersfield is still here for mothers in the future. Ask a Leader for more information.
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