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The local chapter of La Leche League, which offers information and guidance breastfeeding women, recently disbanded after its leader — and sometimes sole meeting attendee — decided to retire.

Leah Campbell said waning attendance at meetings and her busy schedule prompted her to disband the chapter. She also said it’s likely that many mothers now turn to the Internet and social-networking sites like Facebook for advice.

“It seems like the places mothers are seeking support are different,” Campbell said.

Campbell, who first heard about La Leche about eight years ago before the birth of her first child, started attending meetings in December 2003.

At the time, she said, few mothers breast-fed. Or, if they did, they didn’t talk about it.

“I kind of felt like I was going solo,” she said.

The 32-year-old mother of three said meeting like-minded women parenting children in similar ways made a world of difference.

“The support was huge,” she said.

Campbell said she hopes future interest in La Leche will lead area women again to restore the chapter.

For mothers with questions about breastfeeding or interest in La Leche will have to head to the Rochester chapter — or online at

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