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Breast feeding support group aims to comfort women

There are many new experiences that a husband and wife will figure out together after a baby is born. Breast feeding, may not be one of them. It's for this reason, and many others, that Orléans leader, Edwina Hoffmann, says the biggest benefit of the Le Leche League is the various forms of support they provide for women.

"It's advice that's given to mothers by mothers," said Hoffman. "It's very reassuring and comforting to know you may not be the only one who has run into a certain problem."

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of La Leche League in Canada.  In Ottawa, there are 12 local groups that meet monthly all over the city, including a group for those breastfeeding multiples (twins, etc.). Hoffman says the Orléans group is really popular, with 18- 20 members on any given night. The Le Leche meetings are always held in people's homes and are run by trained volunteers who have also breastfed. They meet on the first Thursday of every month and welcome mothers to drop in. 

The organization aims to provide support, encouragement, information, and education.  

Hoffman says that breastfeeding should be regarded as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.  

"Canada is still a country of people who have been bottle fed," said Hoffman. "But, nursing can be something really beautiful and it can be a real cure for any sort of problem the baby is having."

Meetings are open to all interested women; including those who are currently breastfeeding, moms to be, aunts, sisters, grandmas and woman friends. There are even meetings where fathers and fathers-to-be are welcome. 

"I always knew I wanted to breast feed so I went along to a meeting," said Hoffman. "I met such a great bunch of ladies that I continued to go back and I guess I never left!"

There are many ways in which you can contact La Leche League in Ottawa:  you can call the phone line 613 238 5919, send an email to LLLCottawa@gmail.com  or you can find your nearest group online at www.LLLC.ca 

Organizations: La Leche League

Geographic location: Canada, Ottawa

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