Two days ago, I attended a La Leche League meeting, and let me tell you, afterwards, all I could think was the phrase above. I loved it. Not only did I meet a fantastic group of fellow-breastfeeding mommies, but I also met other MOMS. Women other than myself and my mother who have actually given birth to live human babies. Who are still babies. Who have advice. Who are going through the same thing as me. They had me at hello.
In all seriousness, it was a great meeting. I’ve been looking to get out of the house (other than my job) and try to meet other new moms, since I have few procreating friends. My church doesn’t have a mommy group, and the park district baby classes all meet on days that I work. So, I thought of trying the La Leche League.
Now, I have been warned that they are militant breastfeeders, that they criticize any woman who doesn’t breastfeed exclusively, including those of us that pump, blah blah blah. Maybe that was true once upon a time, but I didn’t find any militants at all. In fact, I found a great group of women who talked about starting solids, how to get babies to sleep through the night (the answer: wait. They will), and other pressing issues for us new mommies. And I discovered that: 1) I’m not crazy; 2) my child WILL sleep through the night one day, and 3) again, I’m not going crazy and that this is a difficult job.
And, best still, I met another new mommy that lives close by to me and is a part of another mommy group. Yay! One group leads to another, right? Although most of the moms in both groups are stay-at-home moms, which makes me insanely jealous, my new work schedule should let me slip into the group every now and then.
I know lots of new mommies via the blog-o-sphere, and while I love reading their stories and hearing about what’s going on in their lives, I needed some face-to-face time. I’ve been struggling lately with some postpartum hormonal emotions, and meeting other moms really made me feel a thousand times better.