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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Don't forget!

To nurse your baby, that is!  Unintended weaning can happy during busy or stressful times.  The holiday season is a time we need to remember that our babies still need to nurse, even through the hustle and bustle.  Enjoy this article, Holiday Weaning, and please remember to take it easy, nurse and enjoy the season!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Nutrition during the holidays

Join us for next week's series meeting #4 Nutrition and Weaning where we will discuss nutrition during the holidays.  What are you family's food traditions?  How do you make sure you get proper nutrition nursing through the holidays?  How do you avoid holiday weaning?  How do you keep good intentioned we family members from giving baby foods they're not ready for?  Let's talk about it!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:00-11:30am

Friday, December 2, 2011


La Leche League of Sandy is going through some changes.  Long time leader, Kathy Grossman moved to Moab.  While saying goodbye is hard, we are very happy to welcome a new leader to our ranks!  Meghan Johnston, leader with LLL of Salt Lake City will now be leading with our group as well.

Rocio, Meghan and I (Renee) will be holding series meetings as usual, but our Enrichment meetings will be changing.  We will now only offer three Enrichment meetings per year.  They will be held the first month of each series on the usual day, the fourth Tuesday of the month. For 2012 we will have an Enrichment meeting in January, May and September.

We look forward to a new year full of helping mothers and babies.  Hope to see at our next series meeting on December 13, 2011!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Enrichment Meeting tomorrow at 10 am!

All La Leche League members are welcome to attend our enrichment meetings.  Tomorrow we will be discussing extended nursing.  Learn about some of the challenges and the many rewards of nursing beyond the first year.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meeting tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at 10 am for Series Meeting #3:  The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties.  We will be discussing the normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, getting support.  All mothers and the children who need them are invited to attend.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Enrichment Meeting tomorrow!

All LLL members are welcome to our enrichment meetings. Tomorrow's topic is Sleep & Relationships and will be led by Kathy.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Meeting today!

Today will be Series Meeting #2.  Bringing Home Baby, The Family & The Breastfed Baby.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Breastfeeding Today

Enjoy the latest issue of Breastfeeding Today!

Next Series meeting

Join us!  Tuesday, October 11, 2011. 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.  All interested women and any children that need them are welcome!  Hope to see you then.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Breastfeeding Cafe

Have you made it down to this year's Breastfeeding Cafe?  There are lots of fun things going on!  Be sure to check out the Events Calendar and go enjoy what the cafe has to offer!

Series Meeting Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow at 10am for series meeting #4: Nutrition and Weaning
Starting solids, family nutrition, enjoying extended nursing, weaning naturally, and practicing loving guidance

Friday, July 8, 2011

Series Meeting Moved to Willow Creek Park

Kids home for the summer?  Want to see your La Leche League freinds but find it's hard to come to meetings?  Our July 12 series meeting will be at the park!
We will be meeting at Willow Creek Park: 8400 South 2000 East in Sandy. Bring your kids and your sunblock for a good time!  This will be an informal meeting, however leader will be available to answer questions from 10-11:30am.

Mothers See! Mothers Do!

This year's Breastfeeding Cafe theme is 
Mothers See!  Mothers Do!
In Public, In Pictures & Online Too!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Latch On America!

Milk for Thought and Latch on America are coming to Salt Lake City! July 22nd, SE (not NE) section of library square (main library 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah.)  There will be vendors and activities as well as members from Utah's breastfeeding support community uniting to bring the community together with the breastfeeding community.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Ways to Help

If you are wondering how you can be a part of World Breastfeeding Week we have your answers!

*Volunteer at the 6th annual Salt Lake City Breastfeeding Cafe by emailing

*Volunteer to help out or participate in The Big Latch On by emailing

*Blog in the 2nd annual Breastfeeding Cafe blog carnival by contacting

*Become a La Leche League member

*Join the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition 

*Participate in a baby wearing flash mob!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Breastfeeding Cafe

Would you like to volunteer to help at the 6th annual Breastfeeding Cafe this August?  Email Renee for more information!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meeting in the Park!

Kids home for the summer?  Want to see your La Leche League freinds but find it's hard to come to meetings?  Our July series meeting will be at the park!
We will be meeting at Willow Creek Park: 8400 South 2000 East in Sandy. Bring your kids and your sunblock for a good time!  This will be an informal meeting, however leader will be available to answer questions from 10-11:30am.

*** we will not be holding our regularly scheduled meeting at Community of Grace***

Monday, June 13, 2011

Series Meeting Tomorrow

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
June 14, 2011 @ 10am.

See you then!

Flash Mob Rehearsal!

Attention all baby wearing moms and dads!  Come with your carriers and babies this Friday to find out more about the flash mob that will be held in our community!  Practice starts at 4pm at
Murray Park Church of Christ - LLL of Murray
494 East 5300 South
Murray, Utah
See you there!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Don't Forget!

Don't forget our first Flash Mob rehearsal is coming up on Friday!!!

First practice May 27, 2011 at 5:30pm.  Practice will be held at 494 East 5300 South, Murray, Utah.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baby Wearing Moms & Dads!

We will be hosting a flash mob somewhere in your community. Come be part of the fun!
First practice May 27, 2011 at 5:30pm.  Practice will be held at 494 East 5300 South, Murray, Utah.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Like it?

If you love this beautiful piece of art by local artist and LLL leader Kathy Grossman, it could be yours!  This painting will be up for silent auction at this year's Breastfeeding Cafe!  Don't miss the opportunity to hang it on your wall!

Friday, May 13, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week 2011

This years Breastfeeding Cafe theme is:
“Mothers See! Mothers Do!” 
The cafe will run August 1-15
Want to volunteer at the cafe?  Contact Renee at
Interested in being part of a flash mob?
Plus,be part of this year's blog carnival!
Visit the Cafe Blog for more information.

World Breastfeeding Week Fundraiser
For a second year, “Mini Breastfeeding Portrait Sessions” will be held August 3rd, 4th and 5th

$20 minimum donation for a 20 minute portrait session, includes 3 full resolution images
(all $20 goes to group funds)
For an additional fee a CD of images may be purchased, 10% of this fee will stay with group

3 locations
Murray Park, Private Sandy Home, Liberty Park (respectively)

visit photographer's site for follow-up information
Looking forward to seeing many of you for all the exciting festivities!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

See you today!

For our monthly series meeting: 1: The Importance of Breastfeeding
Nursing benefits for baby, mother, father, families and the world
May 10, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011


La Leche League leaders are all volunteers.  Your membership helps leaders get the training and resources needed to helps mothers and babies.  By entering "Sandy" when you purchase your membership you are keeping your money local and helping to support local mothers.  When you purchase a membership with LLL of Sandy you also receive access to our lending library and enrichment meetings.  Visit the LLL of Utah site today to purchase your membership, or contact Kathy at  Thank you for your support!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Series Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 12 is series meeting #4: Nutrition and Weaning: Discuss starting solids, family nutrition, enjoying extended nursing, weaning naturally, and practicing loving guidance.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Thank you Jennifer!

Long time Sandy leader Jennifer Hermes has decided to retire.  La Leche League of Sandy is proud to say Jennifer was a leader for seven years.  Many mothers have benefited from Jennifer's knowledge and kind heart.  Many thanks to Jennifer for all she's done for LLL of Sandy, our leaders, members and visiting mothers. 

August 2010 Co-leaders Kathy, Jen and Jessica meet at Renee's house.
 Sandy Co-leaders Kathy, Jen, Jessica and Renee

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Next Series Meeting

Will be #3: The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding DifficultiesThe normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, getting support
on Tuesday, March 8, 2001 at 10am!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

When will my baby sleep through the night?

This seems to be on every mothers mind.  If it's not our own worry it's that of friends, family and complete strangers!  Many mothers of even the smallest infants have been asked if their baby is sleeping through the night.  The real question is, "Should they be?"

The answer is not necessarily.   Especially if you have a newborn.  Breast milk is highly digestible and in the early weeks, your baby may not get enough nourishment if he sleeps through the night. Breastfed babies need to breastfeed at least eight to twelve times every 24 hours, usually every two to three hours. Most babies will gradually sleep for longer stretches at night, but they will continue to need night feedings for months.

You may have heard that giving your baby cereal will encourage sleeping longer at night. This simply isn't true. A baby's immature digestive system isn't ready for solid food until some time around the middle of the first year, and solids given too early may actually upset a baby's tummy. You will find information about this topic here.

Many mothers find that keeping baby close all night makes nighttime parenting less tiring. Throughout history, babies and mothers have traditionally slept close to each other. The idea that a baby belongs all alone in a crib is a fairly recent notion. Many have found "shared sleeping" or "the family bed" a good way to meet babies' nighttime needs with few interruptions to the parents' sleep. Rolling over to nurse your baby and drifting peacefully back to sleep is so much easier (and warmer in the winter!) than getting out of bed, going to the crib, sitting up to breastfeed the baby, and then struggling to get both of you back to sleep. This article discusses nighttime parenting.

Some authorities believe that parents need to teach babies to comfort themselves when they awaken at night, and some go as far as suggesting how long parents can allow a child to "cry it out" before responding. While such methods may work for some families, many other mothers and fathers have found peace in trusting their instincts and responding to their babies' cries. It helps to remember that babies' sleep cycles are very different from those of adults, and a young infant needs to awaken during the night in order to get enough nourishment.

Just like every adult has different sleep patterns, babies do too.  Parenting is a 24 hour per day job.  Remember to get rest when you can and know that your baby will sleep through the night when he is ready. 

*this post was in-part taken from FAQ on the LLLI website.  Please visit LLL's Frequently Asked Questions page for the answers to this and many other questions.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Raising Boys

Join us tomorrow 2/22/11 at 10am for our enrichment meeting on raising boys.  Enrichment meetings are open to all LLL members, but if this is a topic of interest to you please come and check it out!  Hope to see you there!

Community of Grace Presbyterian Church
2015 E Newcastle Drive (8890 South)
Sandy, UT

Friday, February 11, 2011

IRS Decision a Victory for Nursing Mothers Everywhere

IRS Decision a Victory for Nursing Mothers Everywhere

Breastfeeding Equipment to be Allowed as Medical Tax Deduction and Reimbursed by Flexible Health Spending Accounts

Washington, D.C. - In response to a request from Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Representatives Sander Levin (D-MI) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced they will reverse a ruling that denies equipment used to help women breast feed from being covered as a health care expense.  The previous ruling excluded breast pumps from coverage under flexible health spending accounts and made them non-deductible on tax returns.

Merkley, Harkin, Levin, and Maloney wrote to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in November to call for the decision to be reversed.  Senators Merkley and Harkin were joined by 9 other Senators; 32 other House members joined Reps. Levin and Maloney.

In response to today's decision, Senators Merkley and Harkin and Reps. Levin and Maloney released the following statement:

"Today's decision is a huge victory for nursing mothers everywhere.  Modern medicine has documented numerous health benefits linked to breastfeeding, including a reduced risk of illness in infants and a reduced risk of cancer in mothers.  And because breastfeeding is so effective in preventing disease, it also happens to save billions in health care costs.  We thank the IRS for their careful consideration and quick response."

Additional Background

A tax ruling by the IRS last year disallowed breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies as medical deductions, thus also excluding them as permissible expenses under flexible health spending accounts.

Rep. Maloney and Sen. Merkley secured a provision in health care reforms passed earlier this year that employers of hourly workers are be required to provide breastfeeding employees with "reasonable break time" and a private, non-bathroom place to express breast milk during the workday, up until the child's first birthday. 

Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization for all children under six months.

Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace; fully 43 states and the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws which allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.

View the list and more at the National Conference of State Legislatures:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Breast Milk Donation Center now in Utah!

The Salt Lake Mothers’ Milk Donation Center serves as a screening and collection site for the non-profit Mothers’ Milk Bank in Denver, Colorado. Local nursing mothers wishing to donate excess milk can visit the Center to volunteer as donors. For more information please visit The Salt Lake Mothers’ Milk Donation Center.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Come to our next series meeting!

This coming Tuesday is 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
February 8, 2010

As always, our meetings are open to all interested women and any babies or children who need them.  Come talk about getting breastfeeding off to a good start and ask any questions you might have!  See you Tuesday!

Monday, January 31, 2011

WHO on Breastfeeding

The World Health Organization states,
"Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.
Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Benefits of Extended Nursing

Toddlers breastfeed for many of the same reasons infants breastfeed: for nutrition, comfort, security, for a way to calm down and for reassurance. Mothers breastfeed their toddlers for many of the same reasons they breastfeed their infants: they recognize their children's needs, they enjoy the closeness, they want to offer comfort, and they understand the health benefits. (See the FAQ, "What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding My Baby?" for more information.) The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.." * The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend that babies be breastfed for at least two years.
Breastfeeding a toddler helps with the child's ability to mature. Although some experts say a toddler who is not weaned will have difficulty becoming independent, it's usually the fearful, clingy children that have been pushed into situations requiring too much independence too soon. A breastfeeding toddler is having his dependency needs met. The closeness and availability of the mother through breastfeeding is one of the best ways to help toddlers grow emotionally.
Breastfeeding can help a toddler understand discipline as well. Discipline is teaching a child about what is right and good, not punishment for normal toddler behavior. To help a toddler with discipline, he needs to feel good about himself and his world. Breastfeeding helps a toddler feel good about himself, because his needs are being met.
Just as babies do, toddlers receive health benefits from breastfeeding. Your milk continues to provide immunities and vitamins, and can help protect your toddler from illness and allergies. If your toddler does get sick, nursing will help comfort him. In fact, a toddler with an upset stomach may be able to tolerate nothing but human milk.
Toddlers have a huge world to explore, and breastfeeding provides them (and their mothers!) with some quiet time in their busy, waking hours.

*See "Breastfeeding and Use of Human Milk" in PEDIATRICS Vol. 115 No. 2 February 2005, pp. 496-506 

For this and more information on breastfeeding click here!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Call to Action

The US Surgeon General's Breastfeeding Call to Action was released this morning.  Read it here!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Series Meeting Tomorrow

Join us for Series meeting #1: The Importance of Breastfeeding
This meeting is about breastfeeding benefits for baby, mother, father, families and the world!  As always, all interested women are welcome.  Any babies or young children who need you are also welcome! 

See you tomorrow, January 11, 2011at 10am for our first meeting of the new year!

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