"Aw. You breastfed for a year? Want a cookie or something?"
I've seen people posting comments like this all over social media over the past few years. Want a cookie? Um, yeah. If you're offering you better give me one. But the La Leche League has something different in mind....
You spent hours dedicating a part of your body to your little milk fiend. You suffered through engorgement, biting, teething, not latching properly, or whatever other issues you faced. You had to learn how to handle it when you were out grocery shopping and she was hungry, and how to prepare for the babysitter. You had to figure out what to do when you went back to work.
I didn't ASK for a medal, but I'll certainly accept one!
I remember when my 2nd child started nursing, and she started spitting up blood. I remember the sight of blood all over her little lips and chin, and freaking out and calling her doctor. He said, "Don't worry, that's your blood. Not hers." Whew. Thank goodness.
So for your enjoyment, here are the medals that you are awarded:
According to the internet (because we know everything is true that we read on there), there are 5 levels of achievement.
Which LLL awards have you earned?
Jillian Shanahan is an online job coach, mentor, and teacher.