La Leche League Mission
La Leche League International strives to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
La Leche League (LLL) of Greenbush offers families support and information about breastfeeding. Contact a volunteer Leader for free telephone, text or e-mail help, or join us for one of our regular meetings to get to know other breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be. We’re here to help one another!
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La Leche League Philosophy
The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following 10 statements:
- Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
- Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
- In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
- Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.
- For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
- Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
- Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
- Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby’s father. A father’s unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child’s development from early infancy.
- Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
- From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.
Due to the CDC’s recommendations on slowing the spread of Coronavirus, all in person meetings temporarily suspended. Please see our Facebook events page for our online meetings!
Greenbush La Leche League offers a variety of monthly meetings including daytime, evening and weekend meetings. Meetings are held in Albany, Rensselaer, and Troy. The current meeting schedule is as follows:
- The second Tuesday of the month at the Albany Public Library (either the Howe or Pine Hills Branch) from 10 – 11:30 am (check the Facebook page for location details)
- The third Thursday of the month at the Rensselaer Public Library from 6:30 – 8 pm
- The last Saturday of odd months at HeartSpace Midwifery in Downtown Troy from 10 – 11:30 am
All La Leche League meetings follow a ‘come when you can, leave when you must’ policy.
The first two monthly meetings are Series Meetings where topics cover a wide range from breastfeeding questions and challenges to nutrition and weaning and everything in between.
Greenbush La Leche League encourages a discussion format so everyone can freely add information or ask questions; all lactating and expecting parents and their children are always welcome.
Cancellations: Any time there is a weather related school closing or a delay in any of the Albany City, Troy City, Averill Park or East Greenbush school districts, meetings will always be cancelled. The Facebook page will always have the latest information on cancellations.
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Thank you for considering membership with Greenbush La Leche League! Meetings, information, and support are offered to all mothers free of charge and membership is not required. La Leche League is a non-profit organization and the Leaders are all volunteers. However, membership funds and donations are applied toward operating expenses including rental space, chapter dues, website costs, maintaining the Group library, resource materials, and room setup. We do not receive funding from LLLI to cover these costs, so we thrive on your support!
If you’ve attended a meeting and feel that Greenbush La Leche League has been helpful to you, please consider a membership or donation. If you know someone in your life that you feel would benefit from the unconditional support LLL offers, please consider LLL Membership as a gift! Payment options for memberships and donations are available. Membership is fully tax deductible.
Meetings, information, and support are offered to all mothers free of charge and membership is not required.
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