When Anna Freidman moved to Fishers from California, she realized there weren’t as many breastfeeding support groups in Hamilton and Hancock counties, specifically within La Leche League.
La Leche League is an international nonprofit founded in the 1950s to support breastfeeding mothers.
“It offers mother-to-mother encouragement, support, answers to common questions, things like that,” said Friedman, who serves as a La Leche League leader. “A La Leche League leader is a mother who nursed at least one child who has been trained by La Leche League in basic problems that occur in breastfeeding and basic issues of mother-and-child care from newborn all the way up through nursing a toddler or preschooler as the mother desires.
“I was involved with La Leche League out in California, and if I hadn’t have been, I don’t know if I would have survived nursing my first. We had a lot of issues, and encouragement and regular support from La Leche League leaders got me through it and enabled me to continue to breastfeed him.”
Friedman realized many local lactation consultants or breastfeeding support groups only met during the day. She hopes to offer support for mothers who may work during the day, or additional support for mothers who may attend other groups. The first La Leche League group will meet at 6 p.m. April 2 at the Hancock Wellness Center, 8505 N. Clearview Dr., McCordsville. The event is free and registration isn’t required. Newborns and nursing toddlers also are free, and child care is offered for older children at $2 per child per hour.
Friedman said fathers, partners, grandmothers and others are welcome to attend with the mothers and offer support.
The topic will be “Avoiding Common Breastfeeding Difficulties.” The group plans to meet the first Tuesday of each month. For more, visit LLLofindiana.org or email Friedman at anna.with.LLL@gmail.com.