The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

For The Best Birth Possible!

Breastfeeding is natural, but it isn't instinctive.  It's a learned skill.
Read that again, slowly, please. Really.  

The urge to nurse is certainly instinctive, but it takes some work to get it right.  Good thing it's absolutely worth the effort!

If you need lactation help, you're welcome to call me.  I've been a LLL member for 23 years, and a LLL Leader for 12, and now also a Certified Lactation Counselor. I'm also the RI Breastfeeding Coaltiion Chairperson.

Most hospitals have a new mothers' group, or a breastfeeding support group.  The hospital "warm lines" can be helpful, too.  All RI hospitals have 
LCs (Lactation Counselors; at least 8 hours of training) or 
CLCs (Certified Lactation Counselors; at least 40 hrs of training) and 
IBCLCs (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants; most training, clinical work, college study).  

Unfortunately, there aren't many IBCLCs compared to the number of new moms, and the amount of time they can give you varies, 
so it's up to you to learn what you can ahead of time.
Plus, you'll have an easier time learning if you're not exhausted and holding a crying baby the first time you try to figure this out!

I know some excellent IBCLCs in private practice. (And some wonderful ones in the hospitals.)
If you have a problem beyond my scope, contact them at or 
Insurance coverage varies. 
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La Leche League Meetings

There are now FIVE in the state!  Barrington, Newport, Warwick, and 2 in Providence!  See for the most up-to-date info!

1276 Bald Hill Road #150 Warwick, RI 02886
708 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906

LLL of Central RI (Warwick)
Day: the second Saturday of each month
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Bellani Maternity
1276 Bald Hill Road #150  
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 234-1279 
(map above)

LLL of Providence
Day:  the last Friday of each month  
Time: 1-2:30
Location:  Rochambeau Library, Community Room (basement)
708 Hope Street, 
Providence, RI 02906  
(map above)

Yes, breastfeeding is beautiful and natural and infinitely good for you and your baby.  Sometimes it can also be frustrating and difficult.  
To avoid problems, come to a couple of La Leche League meetings BEFORE your baby is born.  
Meetings are always free and open to all interested women.  (Bring someone so you'll have extra support once you go home!) 
Meetings are always welcoming, supportive, and warm;  never judgmental.  
LLL helps you do what you want:  You want to wean?  Fine, we'll be glad to help!  
You want to nurse?  We'll be glad to help!  
Need info for pumping?  Storing milk?  Tongue ties?  Reflux?  Teething?  
LLL's the place!

La Leche League's Mission is to help mothers worldwide to 
breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

La Leche League began in 1956 and is the oldest, most respected breastfeeding support organization in the world.  Mother to mother sharing, with the expertise of a LLL Leader, supports you! 

The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following statements:
  • Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
  • Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
  • In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
  • Breast milk is the superior infant food.
  • For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
  • Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
  • Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
  • Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby’s father. A father’s unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child’s development from early infancy.
  • Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
  • From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

The ideals and principles of mothering which are the foundation of LLLI beliefs are further developed in THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, the most comprehensive handbook on breastfeeding and parenting ever published.   It has provided needed answers to three generations of nursing mothers on every aspect of breastfeeding.

For more on La Leche League, see