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Why I Became a Leader

From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 17 No. 3, May-June 2000, p. 107

I decided to become a Leader and start an LLL Group when my daughter was a year old. I had a very difficult start in nursing her. I was hospitalized for three days when she was three weeks old because of a double breast infection. There was no local support or information. My doctor recommended weaning but thankfully, someone had given me a used copy of THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING. I became a Leader to help other women who have difficulties with nursing.

Tiffany King

I attended my first LLL Meeting when Chris, now 14, was four months old. It felt like home from the beginning! I received such support and found such fellowship with the women there. I became accredited when my second son was on the way. I was anxious to share with other women the joys I had discovered in mothering through breastfeeding.

Marie Simpson

Finding La Leche League when our second son was four months old was the start of a different way of life for our family. La Leche League taught me to listen to my mothering intuition and to feed my baby by following his cues. It gave me social interaction with other women who had similar childrearing and breastfeeding ideals. After getting so much from one organization, I felt strongly compelled to further its efforts in promoting mothering through breastfeeding.

Brandi-Lin Mandigo

The main reason I became a Leader is because I was concerned and saddened by the misinformation and lack of confidence and support mothers had concerning breastfeeding. I started a breastfeeding support group but soon found I needed training and affiliation with a nationally recognized authority on breastfeeding - LLL.

Linda Schmal

I was inspired during the first La Leche League Meeting I attended. The most important idea I came away with was that each mother and family was different. LLL showed me that there are many choices and each mother makes the choices that are best for her and her family. I wanted to help other mothers know their choices.

Robin Fowler

I've always been interested in women's health issues. Before I had children, I volunteered on a rape crisis hotline for three years. My educational background is in human biology. Becoming a Leader was the perfect way to combine both interests.

Alicia Rudin

I became a Leader because I loved breastfeeding my first child so much. I wanted to help other mothers experience the same joy. There were also many benefits I wanted to share.

Betsy Kiefer

Reprinted from the Spring/Summer 1999 issue of The Circular, LLL of Kentucky's Area Leaders' Letter.

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