Dear Milk Mamas,
I hope that this finds you and your tiny ones well. I am looking forward to sharing with you some of my thoughts about breastfeeding, my experiences working with new mamas like yourself, and interesting news and bits about breastfeeding. And what a perfect time to begin - this is World Breastfeeding Week. There have been some wonderful events in the St. Louis area this week - breastfeeding moms finding community with other breastfeeding moms, having fun and learning from each other.
Is it really important to find community with other breastfeeding moms? Isn't breastfeeding natural, instinctive? Yes, breastfeeding is natural and instinctive and we need to be in the community of other breastfeeding moms to make it work. Check this out the following true story...
"...about a gorilla in an Ohio zoo. The gorilla was born in captivity and was not part of a community of gorillas, so she had never seen another gorilla breastfeed. When she gave birth fo her first gorilla baby, she had no idea how to feed her and the baby eventually died. When she became pregnant a second time, the zookeepers had an idea. The invited nursing mothers from the local La Leche League group, a mother-to-mother breastfeeding organization, to sit near the mother's cage and breastfeed their babies. After watching the human mothers breastfeed, the gorilla mother successfully breastfed her second gorilla baby." -from Breastfeeding Made Simple