Breastfeeding

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!

Check here for a list of Professional Lactation Consultants and see our  Postpartum care providers  page.

Click Here for the times and locations of local La Leche League meetings, or email us to request a  copy of the La Leche League brochure.

Increasing your Milk Supply and other Questions. (Kelly Mom)

Natural Breastfeeding – a free video on how to latch correctly

Breastfeeding is Priceless! (CIMS)

101 Reasons to Breastfeed

La Leche League of Rochester website (facebook page)

You can also check out the breastfeeding benefits page under Published Information.

BREASTFEEDING ASSISTANCE and SUPPORT

LA LECHE LEAGUE – call lifeline  275-5151 for a referral to the nearest group, or  for a brochure. Breast pump info available.  www.lalecheleague.org   https://sites.google.com/site/lllrochesterny/

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.

Meeting Information

Morning Meetings:

  • Rochester North meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Contact Amy at RochesterNorth@gmail.   (December meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday)
  • 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.

WIC – Breastfeeding resource for low income Moms.

New York State Breastfeeding partners

University of Rochester Lactation/Breastfeeding Clinic@ Red Creek , Rochester , NY – Dr. Rosen-Carole– 585-6455; https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/breastfeeding.aspx

Our list of Professional Lactation Consultants can be found here: http://rabn.org/wordpress/breastfeeding/lactation-consultants/

Other resources:

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.

Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast We are the milk bank serving New York hospitals and families right now, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to donate or receive milk! www.milkbankne.org

New York Milk Bank

Human Milk 4 Human Babies – Informed Milk Sharing  (New York Chapter)

BFAR – Breastfeeding after breast surgeries

What if my baby wants to wean?

Legal Aspects:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health Breastfeeding Guide

New York State Breastfeeding Laws & Penal code

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.”

Here is a printable card of the basic law that you can show to anyone who bothers you. If you need one for a different state go here.

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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