As I have mentioned repeatedly on my blog, my daughter Hannah was born at 34 weeks. This led to a number of breastfeeding problems, and unfortunately, not all of them were resolved by the time I left my midwives’ care when she was six weeks old. When I asked my midwife where I could turn for ongoing breastfeeding support when I wouldn’t be seeing her anymore, she suggested La Leche League. So I looked them up and found a group near me, and I went. I found much more than breastfeeding support there – I also found a community of friends.
Over the years since I first visited La Leche League, I have found that mentioning their name in a group often brings mixed reactions. Some people have incredibly warm feelings towards La Leche League, and others have incredibly negative feelings. I suspect that, at least in part, this is because when a woman is struggling with breastfeeding she’s in a very raw place, emotionally. I was, anyway. And when you’re in that situation, every stray comment is taken to heart and etched into your memory. I will never forget some of the things that nurses in the NICU said to me.
I thought it would be a good idea to get some information about La Leche League straight from the organization itself, so I got in touch with Fiona Audy, the Chair of La Leche League Canada. They’re currently celebrating 50 years in Canada, and they’ve recently launched a National Awareness Campaign. You can find out more about that, and the work that La Leche League Canada does, by watching this video:
Fiona has been a leader for over 25 years, and now she serves on the volunteer board, helping to support breastfeeding mothers and their babies all across Canada. I got to hear a little bit more about how she became involved with La Leche League (her first contact story is actually really funny), and I got to hear about how the organization works to help mothers breastfeed. It was great to catch up with her, and get a new perspective on the work that La Leche League does. If you’ve ever had an experience, good or bad, with La Leche League, you’ll want to hear what Fiona has to say.
I am still working to track down my next podcast interview. I have a few leads, but I can’t make any announcements yet. This leads me to ask you a question that I’ve been meaning to ask for a while – is there anyone you’d like me to interview? If you have any suggestions for who you’d like to hear from on the Strocel.com Podcast, leave me a comment and let me know. I can’t make any promises, but I can certainly try!