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we have been going to La Leche since DD was about 8 months old I think. It was the only place i saw women breastfeeding toddlers. It has been a great group and i have made some nice friends. I am in the process of trying to wean DD (not doing a great job......) and what i am most upset about is not going to La Leche meetings anymore once she does wean!
I have never been, but have been thinking about going. What can I expect?
i go to our local La Leche and there is generally a topic of the meeting, ranging from bringing baby home to starting solids to weaning to nursing a toddler. We go around the room and do quick intros and say if we have any concerns/issues we would like to discuss then we generally get side tracked on those issues/concerns and rarely talk about the meeting topic the babies either hang out with their moms if they are really young, or play in the middle of the circle if they are mobile or almost mobile. Very laid back, one or two moms a month bring snacks. It lasts about 2 hours.
I have been going to my LLL since I was pregnant. The best part of going is just to have a place to hang out with other moms and not worry about how/where to feed him, although that's not really an issue anymore. I am new to the town I live in so it was great to meet like-minded moms. Our leader talks to much and it's hard to get a word in edge-wise, but it's still fun.
I went a few times but it was hard because they have the meetings weekdays at 10 am and I'm at work then. I enjoyed them and wish I could keep going. They recently added an evening meeting but that doesn't work for me either. They're 7-8:30 which conflicts with our bedtime routine.
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I go to two different breastfeeding groups - yes, even now that Kate's weaned! (I still go under the guise of, well, I'm going to have another boobie baby in a few months.)
I go to the local LLL meeting when I can, it's once a month. There's a general topic, though if it's just the normal girls then we don't really bother repeating it much. Mostly we just chit chat - about nursing and other baby/toddler stuff. For me too it's the only other place I see toddlers nursing and get to talk about that with people who understand the nursing gymnastics and social pressures and all of that. It's a really nice group of ladies, and Kate enjoys playing with the other kids.
The other meeting I go to is a free support group run by an LC from the hospital I birth at. It's mostly younger babies, so I don't go for my own support, but I think the newbies really appreciate talking to someone who is further down the road. Most people stop going when their babies get mobile, it seems. (And for certain it can be difficult to entertain Kate without her stealing the baby toys and trying to touch everything.)
I have never gone to an LLL meeting but have always wanted to go. The meetings are not far but I don't have a car during the day and it would take like an hour on the bus. I am in a moms group where most of them breastfeed their toddlers though. I have been thinking of starting my own group maybe on meetup for moms and their nursing toddlers.