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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

When Should my Baby Start Solids?

Human milk is the only food that healthy, full-term babies need for about the first six months of life. The composition of human milk varies according to the time of day and the age of the baby, so that each mother provides the milk that meets her own baby's unique needs. Human milk provides immunity factors for as long as the baby nurses, and many of the health benefits of breastfeeding continue well into childhood and beyond.
Most solid foods are lower in calories than human milk, of lower nutritional value, and can be difficult for young babies to digest. Introduced early, they can cause unpleasant reactions and even trigger allergies. These problems can be avoided by waiting until your baby is ready for solids. Some parents have found introducing solids before baby is ready to be a waste of time, energy and money.
Breastfed babies do not need to have complementary food introduced until about the middle of the first year. Before that time, you will notice some signs that your baby is changing developmentally, in preparation for beginning solids in a few months. You will notice that:
  • he becomes more sociable, playing and holding "conversations" with you during a nursing session
  • he has a growth spurt and nurses more frequently for a while
  • he imitates the chewing motions you make whilst eating -- he is practicing!
You will know that he is really ready to start solids when:
  • he is about six months old
  • he can sit up without any support
  • he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething
  • he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
  • he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)
Babies who are ready for solids can usually feed themselves. Mothers often report that they knew their babies were ready when they picked up food from a plate, chewed it, swallowed it, and wanted more.
Listen to your baby! Babies with a tendency to allergies may refuse solids until later in their first year. As long as they are growing well and are happy and healthy, there is no need for concern.

For this and more information on starting solids visit the LLLI website's resource on starting solids.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Next Series Meeting

Hope to see you Tuesday, December 14 at 10am for series meeting 4: Nutrition and Weaning.  We will cover some of the following topics as well as any questions or concerns you may have: starting solids, family nutrition, enjoying extended nursing, weaning naturally, and practicing loving guidance.  LLL meetings are open to all interested women and their babies and children who need them.  See you Tuesday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Series Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 9, 2010 Series meeting #3: The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties;The normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, and getting support.
As always, our meetings are free to all interested women and any babies or children who need them.  Hope to see you there!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

The 10 Easy Reasons to Breastfeed

Baby's whole body and brain benefit immensely.
Release for mother hormonally causing calmer feelings.
Easier digestion for baby than formula.
Available fresh instantly for hungry baby.
Soothing for a crying baby.
Treasure of a lifetime bond with your child.
Free (cheaper than formula by a long shot)!
Effortless pregnancy weight loss.
Enhanced poop smells better than formula-fed babies (until solids start!).
Decreased risk of SIDS than formula-fed babies.

From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 23 No. 5, September-October 2006, p. 204

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Did you know?

Did you know that many of your breastfeeding questions can be answered with a click of your mouse? Check out these wonderful Breastfeeding Answers pages from! For instance did you know that human milk contains anti-infective properties?

Human Milk Has Anti-Infective Properties

Breastfeeding mothers often notice that their children are sick less often than children who aren't breastfed. Human milk provides different kinds of defense against disease, including secretory antibodies against specific pathogens. It also contains lactoferrin, which not only is the source of iron for breastfed infants, but also appears to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Other components in human milk protect infants on a molecular level because their actual shape hinders certain pathogen's access to the infant.

Because human milk has protective qualities, infants who are not breastfed have more emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and treatments with antibiotics. The protective effects extend beyond weaning. (See the table below.)

Human milk offers immunological protection against many chronic diseases. According to Outcomes of Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding, compiled by Ginna Wall, MN, IBCLC, and Jon Ahrendsen, MD, FAAFP, human milk feeding is associated with less risk of the following diseases: celiac disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, sudden infant death syndrome, childhood cancer, autoimmune thyroid disease, appendicitis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, helicobacter pylori infection (associated with gastric ulcers), Crohn's disease, colitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, tonsillitis, allergies, atopic disease, and asthma. (This comprehensive report can be found at *.)

The mechanism of these apparent long-term immunologic benefits remains unclear, although theories abound. Human milk contains bioactive components that enhance the growth and development of the human infant.

One gastrointestinal hormone, cholecystokinine (CCK) signals sedation and a feeling of satiation and well-being. During suckling, CCK release in both mother and infant produces a sleepy feeling. The infant's CCK level peaks twice after suckling. The first peak occurs immediately after the feeding. It peaks again 30 to 60 minutes later. The first CCK rise is probably induced by suckling; the second by the presence of milk in the GI tract. The drop of infant CCK levels 10 minutes after a feeding implies a "window" within which the infant can be awakened to feed from the second breast or to reattach to the first side for additional fat-rich milk. Waiting 30 minutes after the feeding before laying the baby down takes advantage of the second CCK peak to help the infant to stay asleep.

* This link updated in May, 2007

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Maya Ties for sale

LLL of Sandy currently has two Maya Tie mei tei baby carries for sale. For prices and/or to purchase please email Renee at

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

gentle discipline & loving guidance

LLL has 10 concepts (see the bottom of our blog for all 10.) One of them is From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. Today at the LLL of Murray meeting Timbra talked about ways to put gentle discipline in action in our lives from gently helping a breastfeeding baby not to bite, to keeping toddlers out of mischief. When we give our babies and children respect as fellow members of the family and take their personality and needs into consideration we are giving them more than just discipline that will keep them from harm, but valuable tools that will help them deal with others throughout their lifetime.

For more information on gentle discipline read this article from LLLI, entitled What is Gentle Discipline?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Breastfeeding the Adopted Baby

Here is what La Leche League has to say about adoptive breastfeeding.

How wonderful for you and your new baby that you want to breastfeed. You can read stories from mothers who have breastfed their adopted babies. Each situation is unique so it is important to educate yourself as much as possible about this exciting endeavor.

Most mothers are able to produce at least a little milk. Whether you have been pregnant before or not does not affect your ability to produce milk. Adoptive mothers may be able to induce lactation by using a breast pump every 2-3 hours, either before the baby comes or after. Some also use a device such as the Medela Supplemental Nursing System or the Lact-Aid Nurser Training System. These both enable you to feed your baby while he is at your breast. This way, your baby gets enough milk while stimulating your body to produce your own milk. The key to all this is that the more stimulation your breasts receive, either by pump or baby, the more likely milk will be produced.

Mothers who have breastfed adopted babies often say that having achievable goals for inducing lactation helped them feel successful in the long run. They also say that breastfeeding has numerous benefits in addition to nutrition.

Mothers who induce lactation vary widely in the amount of milk they are able to produce and in the amount of time required to produce milk. All agree that inducing lactation is a process that takes patience, commitment, diligence and education. Even mothers who have breastfed previous babies may not ever be able to fully breastfeed an adoptive baby. A sensible goal, then, might be to try to provide some, or maybe most, of your new baby's nutrition yourself, while fully enjoying the closeness and bonding that breastfeeding brings. Even if your baby does not breastfeed, you can still hold him for all his feedings (and lots of holding in between!) and foster the same kind of attachment that all babies have for the mommies and daddies who love them.

Attend a La Leche League Group meeting in your area for additional information and support. To find a Leader of a local Group, check out the section of our Web site entitled Finding a Local LLL Group.

Resources for Additional Information

These items are all available from the LLLI Online Store or through your local Leader.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Baby Wearing

Tuesday we talked about baby wearing. There are many different types of carriers, but our focus was on soft carriers. Ring slings, mei tais, wraps and pouches are easy and comfortable ways to keep baby close and wonderful for discreet nursing. There are many benefits of baby wearing including ease for mother, less crying and increased learning for baby.
LLL on baby wearing
Dr. Sears on baby wearing

LLL of Sandy currently has two Maya Ties for sale. If you're interested in purchasing one please email Renee at

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 26 Enrichment

All LLL members are welcome to our enrichment meetings. Tomorrow's topic is babywearing. We'll be talking about the different types for baby carries, have displays and discuss the benefits of baby wearing. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Series Meeting Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, October 12, for series meeting #2
Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby

Preparing for birth, getting nursing off to a good start, and establishing nursing in the early weeks

LLL meetings are free for all interested women. Babies and young children who need you are welcome.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Beginnings

Check out an excerpt from the new revised edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding about birth and it's important roll in the success of breastfeeding!

Nutrition and Weaning

This month, led by Rocio, we discussed what natural, baby led weaning looks like, the changes we go through as a parent as our babies turn into toddlers and preschoolers, myths surrounding extended nursing, and how to wean gradually and with love.

For more information on toddler nursing and weaning please visit the following links.

Advantages of Toddler Nursing
Breastfeeding During Pregnancy
Breastfeeding and Weaning a Toddler
Would Weaning Make my Life Easier?
How to Wean

Monday, July 19, 2010

World Breastfeeding Week

The first week of August marks World Breastfeeding Week.

There are many ways you can be involved in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding and it's "normalcy" this year.

1) Drop by read and comment on the blog Carnival posts is where one mother blogs and at the bottom of each post, a list of other bloggers sharing their thoughts and ideas about each topic, EVERY DAY from July 18-31st

2) Take part in our fundraiser: The La Leche League of Murray will be holding a fundraiser for World Breastfeeding Week in the form of "Mini Breastfeeding Portrait Sessions." Timbra Wiist will be offering her photographic services and time as a donation to the Murray LLL group and to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Please email to RSVP for this fundraiser which will be held

~Murray Park Wednesday August 4th 4pm-7pm (Outdoor)
~Private Home in Sandy Thursday August 5th 1pm-4pm (Indoor/Outdoor) also silent auction to raise funds for LLL of Sandy
~Liberty Park Friday August 6th 3pm-6pm (Outdoor)

Further location details will be given through private email at time of RSVP

Minimum donation for Mini Breastfeeding Portrait Session is $20 and includes 5-10 Full Resolution digital images (emailed or uploaded to a photo purchasing site)

Snacks provided and additional donations for WBW appreciated

AND the third way to take part in WBW is to either visit or volunteer at the Salt Lake City Breastfeeding Cafe, which is in it's FIFTH year, being held in the Share Space at the Downtown Library. Check out the blog for more information

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Next Series Meeting

Join us on July 13, 2010 for topic #3: The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties:
The normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, getting support.

All LLL meetings are open to any interested women and any children that may need her. As always LLL is free of charge. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Supporting Troubled Kids

Don't forget to join us for our monthly enrichment meeting for members! Laurel, with LLL of SLC will be leading our topic "supporting troubled kids." If you don't have a membership but the topic interests you we encourage you to come check it out!

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Planet Friendly Period

This week we talked about natural menstrual products based on this article in Mothering Magazine. Cloth pads and pantyliners benefit women in lots of ways are are good for the planet too. They are free of toxic chemicals, are cute, and feel much nicer on the skin to name a few benefits. We also talked about menstrual cups and sea sponge tampons. Check out this article and decide if natural menstrual products are for you!

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March/April 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Planet Friendly Period

Our enrichment meeting tomorrow is about how to have a natural/plant friendly period. Enrichment meetings are open to all members, but if you aren't a member and this topic interests you please join us!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LLL Philosophy

La Leche League's philosophy is based on 10 concepts. Here they are:

*Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.

*Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.

*In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.

*Breast milk is the superior infant food.

*For the healthy full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.

*Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.

*Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.

*Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help and companionship of the baby's father. A father's unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child's development from early infancy.

*Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.

*From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Meeting Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow at 10am for Series Meeting # 4: Nutrition and Weaning
Starting solids, family nutrition, extended nursing, approaches to weaning, loving guidance.

As always, our meetings are free to all interested women & any children who need them. Our meetings are informal discussions, so don't worry if you're running late! We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Art by Kathy Grossman

A special thanks to Sandy leader Kathy Grossman for generously letting us use images of her beautiful paintings of mothers and babes for our website!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Attachment Parenting

Thanks to Ginger for leading this month's Enrichment meeting on The Attachment Parenting Book by William Sears.

What is Attachment Parenting (or AP)? Attachment parenting is a style of caring for your infant that brings out the best in the baby and the best in the parents. The 7 B's or attachment tools, according to Dr. Sears' book, are: Birth Bonding, Breastfeeding, Baby Wearing, Bedding close to Baby, Belief in the Language value of your baby's cry, Beware of baby trainers, and Balance. That said, here is a bit more about AP:
  • AP is a starter style. There may be medical or family circumstances why you are unable to practice all of these baby B's. Attachment parenting implies first opening your mind and heart to the individual needs of your baby, and eventually you will develop the wisdom on how to make on-the-spot decisions on what works best for both you and your baby. Do the best you can with the resources you have – that's all your child will ever expect of you. These baby B's help parents and baby get off to the right start. Use these as starter tips to work out your own parenting style – one that fits the individual needs of your child and your family. Attachment parenting helps you develop your own personal parenting style.
  • AP is an approach, rather than a strict set of rules. It's actually the style that many parents use instinctively. Parenting is too individual and baby too complex for there to be only one way. The important point is to get connected to your baby, and the baby B's of attachment parenting help. Once connected, stick with what is working and modify what is not. You will ultimately develop your own parenting style that helps parent and baby find a way to fit – the little word that so economically describes the relationship between parent and baby.
  • AP is responsive parenting. By becoming sensitive to the cues of your infant, you learn to read your baby's level of need. Because baby trusts that his needs will be met and his language listened to, the infant trusts in his ability to give cues. As a result, baby becomes a better cue-giver, parents become better cue-readers, and the whole parent-child communication network becomes easier.
  • AP is a tool. Tools are things you use to complete a job. The better the tools, the easier and the better you can do the job. Notice we use the term "tools" rather than "steps." With tools you can pick and choose which of those fit your personal parent-child relationship. Steps imply that you have to use all the steps to get the job done. Think of attachment parenting as connecting tools, interactions with your infant that help you and your child get connected. Once connected, the whole parent-child relationship (discipline, healthcare, and plain old having fun with your child) becomes more natural and enjoyable. Consider AP a discipline tool. The better you know your child, the more your child trusts you, and the more effective your discipline will be. You will find it easier to discipline your child and your child will be easier to discipline.
You can find a complete AP index for this book at

Monday, March 22, 2010

Attachment Parenting

Join us tomorrow, March 23, 2010 at 10am for a discussion on William Sears' The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby.

hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Making Your Own Luck

As mothers we often think we need many gadgets and accessories to get the job of mothering done. Nursing clothes, breast pumps and nursing pillows are on many "must have" lists for breastfeeding moms. As we discussed in this month's series meeting, most nursing moms find they need very few accessories to breastfeed. We also talked about coping with criticism, overcoming common and not so common obstacles. Here are a few helpful links for helping the breastfeeding mom to make her own luck!
Discreet Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding after a c-section
Sore breasts
Increasing milk supply
Sleeping through the night

Thanks to all the new moms that attended, and of course thanks to all our regular moms who keep coming back!

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties

Join us tomorrow for series meeting #3, The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties at 10am.
The normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, getting support

Meetings are open to all interested women. Children who need you are always welcome. Series meetings are group discussions, not lectures. We encourage pregnant moms to come before baby is born to get information and support. Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Enrichment Meeting Tuesday

Join us tomorrow February 23, 2010 at 10am for a discussion on Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child's Sleep.

As always, enrichment meetings are for LLL members, but if you are thinking about membership or there is a topic that is of interest to you, please join us!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Family and the Breastfed Baby

To we answered the question: "How does the perfect man help a breastfeeding mother?" The answers ranged from helping with night time parenting, starting dinner, helping with bed time routines, to just giving a new mom praise and encouragement. We also talked about making our desires and needs known by communicating verbally or through "honey-do" lists.
We also talked a lot about tandem nursing, nursing right after birth, nursing strikes and weaning. In keeping with today's theme here is a wonderful FAQ page from entitled "What Is the Father's Roll in the Breastfeeding Relationship?"

Thanks to all who attended, especially the new Moms! We hope to see you next month for series meeting #3: The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties- The normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, getting support. That meeting will be on March 9, 2010 at 10am!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Series Meeting #2: Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby
Preparing for birth, establishing nursing in the early weeks

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

LLL of Salt Lake launches "Cafe Day"

LLL of Salt Lake is adding a fourth meeting option for moms and cafe kids! On Thursday January 28th they will launch their winter season Cafe Day at Cafe Niche, 779 East 300 South, from 10 am until 12 noon.

Diaper Free Baby

Today's meeting was based on the book: The Diaper-free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-Loh. Also known as Elimination Communication or EC, The Diaper-free baby is based on mother-baby responsiveness and focuses on how we respond to cues for baby's feeding, sleeping, and other natural functions. You can learn more about EC at


There is an urgent need for human milk to be donated for newborn (especially premature) babies in Haiti. . . . Here is the information regarding Haiti and below that, in red, a response to information from our nearest HMBANA Milk Bank (Denver) regarding eligibility and how to donate, beneath that more information on donating to programs that support mothers feeding their own children (in blue):


The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States
Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant
Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and
La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for
human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and
premature infants in the United States.

This week the first shipment of human milk from mothers in the United States
will be shipped to the U.S. Navy Ship "Comfort" stationed outside Haiti.
"Comfort" is currently set up with a neonatal intensive care unit and
medical personnel to provide urgent care to victims of the earthquake. An
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant stationed at the U.S.
Navy base in Bethesda, MD is assisting with providing breast pump equipment
and supplies to the "Comfort." Dr. Erika Beard-Irvine, pediatric
neonatologist, is on board the "Comfort" to coordinate distribution of the
milk to infants in need. HMBANA, USBC, ILCA/USLCA, and LLL are responding to
requests to provide milk for both premature infants and at-risk mothers who
have recently delivered babies on board the U.S.N.S. Comfort, but an urgent
need exists for additional donations.

At the current time, the infrastructure to deliver human milk on land to
Haiti infants has not yet been established. As soon as that infrastructure
is in place, additional donations will be provided to older infants.

Mothers who are willing to donate human milk should contact their regional
Mothers' Milk Bank of HMBANA. A list of regional milk banks is available at
the HMBANA website at

Currently milk banks are already low on donor milk. New milk donations will
be used for both Haiti victims as well as to replenish donor supplies to
continue to serve sick and premature infants in the U.S. Donor milk provides
unique protection for fragile preterm infants. Financial donations are also
strongly encouraged to allow HMBANA, a nonprofit organization, to continue
serving infants in need.

UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Emergency Nutrition Network, and
medical professionals all recommend that breastfeeding and human milk be
used for infants in disasters or emergencies. Human milk is life-saving due
to its disease prevention properties. It is safe, clean, and does not depend
on water which is often unavailable or contaminated in an emergency. Relief
workers, health care providers, and other volunteers are urged to provide
support for breastfeeding mothers to enable them to continue breastfeeding,
and to assist pregnant and postpartum women in initiating and sustaining

For more information, contact HMBANA at 408-998-4550 or . Additional information can be
provided from the United States Breastfeeding Committee at 202-367-1132
1-800-452-2478 ( or, or La Leche League at 847-519-7730

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Science of Mother's Milk

Our meeting today was based on the article "The Science of Mother's Milk" by Ayala Ochert on pages 28-29 in Issue 3 / 2009 NEW BEGINNINGS. We talked about prebiotics (sugars naturally found in milk), probiotics (friendly bacteria in milk), oligosaccharides (the special sugars in prebiotics), lactoferrin, colostrum, and the amazing thymus (a central organ of the immune system that is twice as big in breastfed babies as compared to formula-fed babies at four months old). Ochert comments, ". . . people who were never breastfed (or those who were weaned too early) will have deficient immune systems--not just in infancy but for the rest of their lives." To read the entire article visit this New Beginnings link: NB Issue 3-09.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Importance of Breastfeeding

Join us for our discussion of topic one: The Importance of Breastfeeding on Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00am at the Community of Grace Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Highland Dr and Newcastle in Sandy.

Series meetings are open to all interested women and focus on breastfeeding in the first year. Although we have topics our aim is to help women breastfeed their babies (in the first year and beyond) so come and join the discussion!

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