We are Breastfeeding Mothers

Founded in 1956, La Leche League (LLL) is an organization that seeks to make breastfeeding easier and more rewarding for mother and child. We offer information and encouragement — primarily through personal help — to women who want to breastfeed their babies.

Some of the services available free of charge through La Leche League include:

  • Monthly Meetings for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers
  • Telephone and email help from experienced Leader
  • Our online magazine New Beginnings (find links to the latest issues at our blog)
  • Very popular online discussion forums
  • Lending library with books on breastfeeding, childbirth, parenting, and nutrition.
  • Baby sling lending library — try one out for a month to see if you like it.
  • Free podcasts on popular breastfeeding and parenting topics.
  • Other information and support through our award-winning website.

We also offer:

Whether you breastfeed your baby 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months, a year or longer, you’ll find LLL meetings supportive and informative.

Our core philosophy is found in the statements below:

  • 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.

La Leche League is active in 60 countries, reaching more than 100,000 mothers monthly. LLL International is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with UNICEF, is an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), is an accredited member of the US Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition, and is a founding member of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

Support LLL by Becoming a Member

You can support LLL’s work to provide information and support to mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies by becoming a member.  Membership starts at $30 and is 100% tax-deductible.

Your membership check will provide funds for:

  • Our national breastfeeding helpline
  • Educating Leaders to support breastfeeding mothers
  • Library, books, pamphlets and other materials for our meetings.
  • Ensuring that breastfeeding support will continue to be available for future breastfeeding mothers!

La Leche League is a non-sectarian not-for-profit dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed their babies.


One Response to “About”

  1. Maria Says:

    Here is an awesome video clip about a breastfeeding mom in China. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/05/22/riminton.china.breastfeed.hero.cnn

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