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|Originally posted by NadineG
I don't imply that any woman is garbage - if you read the original post you will see that I implied the LLL philosophy "would" be garbage if it was forced to comply with societies changes.
|But I do have to say that if the main goal of LLL is to help women continue to breastfeed they do have to change with the times and accept other factors such as the women that are forced to work as myself or even choose to work.|
|Originally posted by Hannah's Mom
I agree with this statement. I have had mostly positive experiences and support with LLL, although I work outside the home and I do think that LLL is supportive of working women who choose to breastfeed even though it IS exclusive of those same women in leadership positions. We even have a monthly Saturday am meeting that has many working moms in my area. I do feel that if LLL is going to place importance on the philosophy that moms and babies belong together (which I mostly agree with and sometimes wish I didn't have to work outside the home, but I'm also the primary breadwinner in our family and DH stays with dd during the week), it needs to either modify the philosophy slightly to be more inclusive of working moms who already receive little support in breastfeeding (far less than SAHMs in my opinion) or push for laws that would allow women to stay at home with their babies for a longer period of time. It's offensive to be made to feel it's all MY fault as the mother that there is a separation when I'm doing what I have to do to provide for my baby, which is what that philosophy, along with the idea that it's how the mother handles that separation or minimizes it that affects whether the almighty LLL will let her be a leader.
|Originally posted by sweetbaby3
Certainly every "private" organization has a right to do things the way they do, to have a certain philosphy, to have their very own mission statement. *But* they and other members and leaders shouldnt scratch their head wondering why folks outside give them a bad rep when they seem to exclude rather than include, judge rather than embrace.
|Originally posted by MommyT
Hey lady from Russia - now in Indy! Greetings from MI!
Sorry, off topic, but Lil I didn't know you were here!
|Originally posted by Lilg127
Anyways I've done more research on LLL and talked to some people who attend the meeting I will be going to and have felt comfortable enough that I plan to attend. But I do have to say that if the main goal of LLL is to help women continue to breastfeed they do have to change with the times and accept other factors such as the women that are forced to work as myself or even choose to work. Its a siginificant number of women many of whom are in my situation and need the support they are not getting from their friends and family or even in the work place in some cases (luckily that doesn't apply to me) I don't think anyone here would argue that if a woman goes back to work for whatever reason her baby is better of to be breastfed and to get pumped milk. Well thats a large number of people through out the country and I'd hate to see the majority of them not get the proper support that they need because an organization that was set up to help them can not change with the times.
|Originally posted by Cynthia Mosher
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