On November 4 th and 5 th 2017, the first Vegan Festival in Southampton arrived with a flourish and LLL Southampton were there with a stall in the children’s area. “But what does being vegan have to do with breastfeeding” I hear you say? If you are vegan then breastfeeding suddenly takes on a broader significance due to the fact that the majority of alternative food for babies (formula), is made from cows milk. You definitely do not have to be vegan to attend LLL, but LLL may be a place that parents who are vegan choose to attend, in order to get support with breastfeeding.
One of the La Leche League mission statements is that, ‘human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.’ We enjoyed discussing this and other breastfeeding topics with the people we met at the festival.
Attending events in our community is a great way to get information out to new parents (or parents to be) about who and what LLL is. Established in 1956, La Leche League was founded by 7 mothers who needed to think of a name for a breastfeeding support group. La Leche is Spanish for ‘the milk’ and was decided on partly because it was an appropriate way to talk about breastfeeding in the 1950s. However, this does mean that in 2017 not everyone knows the name La Leche League. We hope that by going out into the community and talking about LLL, that people will know about us and seek our help should they need it in the future.
We had a great time and spoke to lots of people at all stages of their breastfeeding journey. We hope they come along and visit our group if they are local to us. There are now 70 LLL groups in the UK and this number continues to grow year on year. Many mothers enjoy the support they get from LLL so much that they decide to become Leaders because they want to pass on the gift they received, to others. We look forward to attending more events and spreading the word about the work we are doing in this community.