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Breastfeeding HelpA section of the La Leche League website, this superb online collection of almost 200 articles on 16 breastfeeding topics has been reprinted from La Leche League International publications, primarily New Beginnings, the bimonthly publication for LLL members. As with all of the LLLI publications, these articles provide exceptionally thorough breastfeeding information and well-presented practical advice.

The 16 topics include:

  • General information
  • Breastfeeding adopted babies
  • Breastfeeding and dental health
  • Breastfeeding disabled or handicapped Babies
  • Breastfeeding families
  • Breastfeeding mothers at home
  • Breastfeeding multiple babies and tandem breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding premature infants
  • Breastfeeding with implants and after breast surgery
  • Common (and not-so-common) breastfeeding concerns
  • Extended breastfeeding (past one year)
  • Fathers and breastfeeding
  • Milk supply issues
  • Reports on sessions from the LLLI Conference
  • Weaning
  • Working and breastfeeding

In the General Information section, the article "A Biocultural Approach to Breastfeeding" offers an invaluable overview of breastfeeding from a cross-cultural perspective. "Common Breastfeeding Myths" is a must-read for all new parents. The compelling article "More Than Milk" discusses the essential but often-ignored emotional aspects of breastfeeding. "LLLI Philosophy"  is the engaging story of the history and philosophy of LLLI, showing how "mothering through breastfeeding has enriched our lives as parents and as people in ways we never anticipated".

The Breastfeeding Family section covers such helpful and varied topics as starting solids, responding to criticism, moving, camping, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding images in children's books. "Food Fight", an article about family meals, offers thoughtful suggestions that would be useful for all families.

The section on Extended Breastfeeding has a wealth of useful information on this important topic. "Nursing Beyond One Year" is an excellent overview of the psychological, medical, and cultural aspects of extended nursing. Other especially helpful articles in this section discuss such common concerns as criticism from relatives, benefits of extended breastfeeding, night waking, and weaning.

La Leche League International is a nonprofit organization providing education, information, and support for breastfeeding women through thousands of local groups. Their toll-free number, 1-800-LALECHE, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For the name and phone number of a Leader in your area, call (847) 519-7730, follow the prompts and enter your zip code. Many groups are also listed in the white pages of the local telephone directory under "La Leche League".

We highly recommend the entire La Leche League website, which continues to be the best overall resource for breastfeeding information on the Internet. The site offers an extensive collection of informative and supportive articles, a breastfeeding FAQ, a search engine, and lists of local chapters throughout the world. We also recommend The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, their "definitive guide" for nursing mothers and their families.

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