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Should I start a breastfeeding support group?

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I live in a small town (about 6000 people) and there is no LLL meetings here. I do go to the city once a month for them but its and hour drive one way and I am not wanting to do it in the winter. I was thinking of starting a breastfeeding support group in my area, maybe post it in the natural food store and at the library toy lending group and in the local paper. I guess I'd just call it a peer support group so people don't think I'm a professional or trying to be. What do you think? Would you attend a group like that? Could I hold it in my home or should I try and find a neutral place to hold it? Any suggestions as to where? Thanks for any input!
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I'd love to hear the replies!

I also live in a small town (5,500) and there's not a LLL or anything in our county. I can go to the meeting in the next county (30 min away) but I have to go there for everything else as it is (playgroup, health food store etc). It's kinda discouraging. I've only ever seen one momma NIP in my town.
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Here's a link if you're interested in starting up a LLL group. That way, you would have the "support" and structure of a proven organization. This could make the "work" easier for you and ensure your group's success.

I know that API has "local" chapters and meetings if that's more your style.

Good luck!
I think it's a great idea! I am in a similar situation. I live in a small town and have to drive 45 minutes each way to the next county for LLL meetings. I would love to attend something like that.
Thanks for the input!

CathToria - I do know all the info for becoming a LLL leader but it takes up to a year maybe more at least in my area. Plus I don't really know any of the leaders well because I live so far from the meeting and they are yet to agree to give me a recommendation which you have to have.

So some questions - where should it be held? I would prefer not to hold it at a hospital as I never go to them or doctors unless emergency (I don't vax). I would rather not affiliate myself with one. I go to church in a different town so I couldn't ask my church if I could hold it there. I wouldn't really want it at a church because people who aren't affiliated with my religion may think it will be a religious thing (which it definately won't!) and then not come. I could have it at my house but I don't want people to feel uncomfortable, going to a strangers house. The choice so far would seem to be my house but like I said I don't know if people would feel comfortable with that.
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Heavenly, I think it sounds like a wonderful idea!! I had been longing for a local LLL meeting since before ds was born (the one that had been meeting here shut down for various reasons about a year before I had him). When he was about a year old, I finally decided that SOMEHOW, I just HAD to figure out a way to become a leader myself, just so that there would be a local resource!

I started calling leaders in the surrounding towns, and found out that just a couple months before, a Leader had moved into the area and was getting things started again! In fact, the first meeting of the new group was scheduled for the very next week! Yaaay!!!

So, I still have thoughts about becoming a leader at some point, but now I don't feel so desperate about it, since I can tell other moms "hey, there's this great meeting--you should come!"

Anyway, enough rambling!

WRT where you could start holding your unofficial support group (until you are able to make it official--I agree that the support, structure, and reputation of LLL would be very beneficial, but until that's possible, ANYTHING is better than NOTHING!!)....anyway, some possible meeting places (just off the top of my head) might be:

Do you have a local Women's Club?
A community/rec center?
Maybe the Moose Lodge or something would give/rent you space?
A conference room in a hotel?
A local public school? (I know that an elementary school near us has been renting space to a small church that has just started and has no building....I can't see why they'd bat an eye at renting to a support group like you are proposing!)

The problem with all these suggestions is that none of them are free
and someone--probably you--would have to foot the bill! You might consider just getting the word out--like a newspaper add, flyers hung up in Women's Gyms, health food stores, Walmart, etc.--and see what kind of response you get. You just might hear from someone who has a solution, like a conference room at their place of work that they could get permission to use once a month.

If nothing else, if weather permits, you could maybe meet in a park while you try to get better accomodations. I hope this helps, and I hope you have great success! Let us know how it turns out!
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I like Shebear's ideas for places for the meeting. One more idea, a local library conference room.
Originally posted by Hannah's Mom
I like Shebear's ideas for places for the meeting. One more idea, a local library conference room.
Our library only allows non-profit orgs to use the meeting rooms but since you wouldn't be making a profit you should be able to use it for free.
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