Centuries ago, breastfeeding was a way of life, and women learned to breastfeed their new baby by watching their female family members, friends, and women in the community. Babies were delivered in a natural environment, and breastfeeding was taught and encouraged by the other women who resided in the area. It was all a normal way of life.
Fast forward to the present day, and we are encouraging mothers to breastfeed more and more, touting the benefits, offering support. Many people have asked why we need to teach breastfeeding, isn’t it supposed to be natural? Yes. However, we rarely birth babies naturally anymore, and although more women are embracing a breastfeeding relationship with their baby, there is a generational gap filled with bottle feeders. Where mothers used to teach their daughters about breastfeeding, now the daughters are left to figure things out for themselves. Many women have never been exposed to breastfeeding, and have never seen a breastfeeding mother/baby dyad. While breastfeeding is encouraged, women are not really supported or educated about breastfeeding.
We encourage every woman who is pregnant to look into prenatal breastfeeding classes, advocate for extensive assistance from a board certified lactation consultant in the hospital (ask for the LC to observe an entire feeding!) and do not hesitate to contact a board certified lactation consultant whenever questions arise. This is an important part of the mother/baby relationship and support can make all the difference!
Natural Breastfeeding – a free video on how to latch correctly
Breastfeeding is Priceless! (CIMS)
BREASTFEEDING ASSISTANCE and SUPPORT
All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to our meetings or call one of our Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome at our meetings.
- Rochester Southeast meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Contact Dorothy and Meghan at LLLofRocSE@gmail.com or Elena at 269-274-6187.
- Rochester South meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:45 a.m. Contact Dee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dorothy at LLLofRocSouth@gmail.com.Evening Meetings:
- Rochester Central meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Contact Beverly at email@example.com
- Rochester West (Greece/Gates/Spencerport) generally meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Contact Donna and Sally at LLLofRocWest@gmail.com
- La Leche League of Ontario County meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at at 7 S Wayne St, Phelps, NY 14532. Location subject to change, please see www.facebook.com/LLLofRochesterNY
WIC – Breastfeeding resource for low income Moms.
University of Rochester Lactation/Breastfeeding Clinic@ Red Creek , Rochester , NY – Dr. Rosen-Carole– 585-6455; https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/breastfeeding.aspx
Milk Sharing & Milk Banks
Eats on Feets Global! is a network that facilitates local woman-to-woman milk sharing via regional chapter pages on facebook. We assert that women are capable of making informed choices and of sharing human milk with one another in a safe and ethical manner. Eats On Feets GLOBAL does NOT sponsor the selling or corporatism of human breast milk.
BFAR – Breastfeeding after breast surgeries
The New York State Civil Rights laws clearly state that according to section “§ 79-e. Right to breast feed. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breast feeding.”
For more information on Employment protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing (by state) go here: http://www.dol.gov
New York State: Expressing At Work Bill
“Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 206-c to
read as follows: S 206-C. RIGHT OF NURSING MOTHERS TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK. AN EMPLOYER SHALL PROVIDE REASONABLE UNPAID BREAK TIME OR PERMIT AN EMPLOYEE TO USE PAID BREAK TIME OR MEAL TIME EACH DAY TO ALLOW AN EMPLOYEE TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK FOR HER NURSING CHILD FOR UP TO THREE YEARS FOLLOWING CHILD BIRTH. THE EMPLOYER SHALL MAKE REASONABLE
EFFORTS TO PROVIDE A ROOM OR OTHER LOCATION, IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE WORK AREA, WHERE AN EMPLOYEE CAN EXPRESS MILK IN PRIVACY. NO EMPLOYER SHALL DISCRIMINATE IN ANY WAY AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE WHO CHOOSES TO EXPRESS BREAST MILK IN THE WORK PLACE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.”
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