Take breastfeeding, for example. This breastfeeding stuff wasn't supposed to be tough the second time around. I'm an experienced breastfeeding mama; I should know how to deal with things like thrush, and I should know how to avoid getting it for a second time in two weeks. Though, I fully believe breastfeeding is the way we were intended to nourish our babies, it isn't always easy and without bumps in the road. Even experienced moms need support and help; and I know I'm not the only mama out there who has had these help-me moments!
Enter La Leche League. Central Lake County has a stellar local group and equally awesome leaders, one of whom I called for any extra pointers about round two of my attempts rid our bodies of the nasty, invasive yeast. She took the time at 8 p.m. to talk me through some treatments she tried that I may not have attempted already, gave me her experience and then sympathized with me. I'm so grateful to have so many experienced, breastfeeding women only a phone call or short drive away because, honestly, great help is priceless.
And it's rare that priceless help is cost-free.
But that's the part of the beauty of La Leche League; its members and leaders are dedicated to ensuring mothers find the help, support and encouragement they need to establish and maintain successful breastfeeding relationships with their little ones without money being a barrier. While membership is encouraged, not everyone chooses this option. Because groups have expenses and LLL believes help should be available to all moms free of charge, our local group decided to produce a calendar filled with poignant pictures of breastfeeding mothers and their children as a fundraiser; simultaneously, the calendar is an amazing testament to the beauty of a breastfeeding relationship. A very talented local professional photographer and mother of three, Krista Schumow, donated her time to capture myriad lovely moments in some of our local breastfeeding mothers' lives. Krista, of Shoot the Moon Photography, graciously allowed me to share a few of the photos with you.
Of course, we want to share the love of breastfeeding, so I'm giving away one of these amazing calendars!
You can enter to win by ...
1. leaving a comment sharing a time when you needed breastfeeding support or sharing one reason why breastfeeding support is so important.
2. tweeting about and linking to this contest on Twitter after sharing why breastfeeding help is imperative.
3. posting a Facebook status update linking to this contest and sharing why having breastfeeding support is so important.
4. being a follower of my blog or becoming one.
*Remember to leave a comment for each task you complete so you have more chances to win!!* The contest winner will be announced Friday, October 23.
If you would like to support LLL and help the Central Lake County group combat the cost of helping mothers in their breastfeeding journeys, you can purchase a calendar for $15 by visiting the group's blog. They can also be purchased at Cygnus Lactation Services, Prairie Arts & Fibers and at Be By Baby in Chicago.
Every mother needs a little support. I hope many of the mamas who read and believe in the many benefits of breastfeeding consider purchasing a calendar to help LLL reach, support and encourage all mothers in their breastfeeding relationships.