Life of a Creative Mum

Celebrating Breastfeeding Rhythms in Our Diverse Communities
November 21, 2009, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Creative Mum

I got up before Harvey this morning and drove the hour and half up to Albany, NY to attend the La Leche League of New York East’s yearly conference.

I arrived a few minutes after 8 a.m. but was still in time to attend the first seminar about fertility and natural child spacing. It gave me a lot to think about so early in the morning!

The second seminar included a presentation of awards to La Leche League leaders – newly acredited ones, 5-year ones and even one lady who had been a La Leche League leader for 40 years! I was very honored to know some of these women who were receiving awards.

Dr. James McKenna then gave his seminar entitled “Sleep Like A Baby” which brought up some very thought provoking topics, and highlighted some really interesting points. The one that stands out to me most, which gives me a spring board to understanding why breastfeeding and sleeping with Harvey is a positive thing, even beyond infancy, is that culture has moved forward far faster than biology has – so when recent cultural ideas and ideals go against an ancient biological instinct, it’s okay to question and examine it and decide to parent accordingly.

There’s lots more information at Dr. McKenna’s website…

It was a long day, but so worth it, to meet more nursing mothers, to have some of my questions answered, and to hear reassurance for some of our parenting practices.


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