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<p>Hi Mamas,</p>
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<p>I'm hoping one of you St. Louis mamas can recommend a really good lactation consultant for my friend who just had a 37-weeker. I think she has a really strong letdown and baby is pinching her nipples a bit at latch on.  Her nipples are getting pretty sore and most of the pain is at latch on.  She's at St. John's--her babe is getting discharged from the NICU tomorrow--she lives right near there too, so someone who is close or does house visits would be great.</p>
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<p>St Louis area has several LLL groups and leaders, which you can find through the LLL local webpages: <a href="http://www.lalecheleaguestlouis.org/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000000;">http://www.lalecheleaguestlouis.org/</span></a>  As I understand it, doing homevisits is up to each leader to decide.</p>
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<p>Also, there is an IBCLC (still a LLL leader as well) in Webster Groves that I really like, and you can find her here:</p>
<p>Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support<span class="skype_pnh_container" dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-size:small;"><span class="skype_pnh_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr" title="Call this phone number in United States of America with Skype: +13146142074"><span class="skype_pnh_textarea_span"><span class="skype_pnh_text_span">  314-614-2074</span></span><span class="skype_pnh_right_span">  </span></span></span></strong></span>or via email <a href="mailto:[email protected]"><span style="color:#000000;">[email protected]</span></a> , and on the web at <a href="http://www.sweetpeabreastfeeding.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000000;">http://www.sweetpeabreastfeeding.com</span></a>.</p>
 

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<p>By the way, I generally recommend LLL over LCs--their is an important difference in the way LLL leaders usually approach the relationship with the mom from LCs.  HOwever, Alyssa is an LLL leader now for years--so her Sweet Pea services, IMO, have the advantage of the LLL approach, and an IBCLC's knowledge. </p>
 

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<p>Try Kangaroo Kids.  Its a resale shop for kids items BUT they have an awesome nursing group on Thursdays at 12:30.  Sierra, owner, is a lactation consultant as well as a few employees.  Sierra is wonderful!!!  I absolutely loved going to the nursing groups there.  <a href="http://www.kangarookidsonline.com" target="_blank">www.kangarookidsonline.com</a>.  Check them out, call them or even drop in!  You don't have to attend the meetings to get some help.  If Sierra is in and not busy, she will sit down and help. </p>
 

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<p>I agree with the Kangaroo Kids suggestion!  Almost all of the great  people who work there are IBCLCs, so you can stop in any time and get some help.  There are the nursing groups and also on Tuesday afternoons we come for a toddler/preschool play date.  It's very informal, a good way to meet other moms and get some advice!</p>
 

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<p>Not to mention that among the toddler/preschoolers, are some babies, including one born very recently--so don't think you must have a toddler or older to be welcome.  We love babies, too--and their moms of course.</p>
 

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<p>Yes thank you MsBlack!  Mamas and Kids of all ages are welcome!  </p>
 

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<p>Not to mention that my nearly-13yr-old totally enjoys playing with the younguns while the women talk!  He is a pretty big fave among some of the little barbarians <span><img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="width:19px;height:24px;"></span>  running around on Tuesdays...</p>
 

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<p>My twins aren't nursing anymore and I have a 5 yr old, can we still come and hang out?  My twins are just turning 2.</p>
 

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<p>Of course Lynn!  I have a 5 year old boy too, I think he would be thrilled to see another guy his age there!  My youngest is not quite 2.  It doesn't matter if you're nursing or not, just come hang out!  </p>
 

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<p><span>Just wanted to give this thread a <img alt="bump.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bump.gif"> we will be up at Kangaroo Kids later today.  </span><img alt="orngbiggrin.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif"></p>
 

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<p>As much as I would love to come down, my ds Riley has a bad cold.  He and I didn't sleep much last night so we are sticking to home today.  Maybe next week!</p>
 

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<p>I agree with Kangroo Kids.  All the staff there had a hand in saving our breastfeeding relationship.  We had seven weeks of trouble, and I would have given up if it weren't for them helping us out when I came in there very desperate.  I think it is also because they are LLL leaders there. I got horrible advice and help from the 2 LCs at MO Bap.  One had us using formula and nipple shields on day 3. Another would shove my breast in my screaming son's mouth and then leave having taught me nothing.  Everyone at KK was thoughtful, respectful, didn't need to man-handle me, and supported me not supplementing or using the nipple shields.</p>
 
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