What is La Leche League?

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed.

La Leche League Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. They are familiar with research and current findings dealing  with all aspects of nursing and are trained to answer questions or concerns you may have about breastfeeding. Leaders are volunteers who are available for free telephone or e-mail counseling every day.

La Leche League offers breastfeeding support and information through:

Our monthly meetings rotate through four general topics:

  • Advantages of Breastfeeding
  • Preparing for Baby, Childbirth, and the New Baby at Home
  • The Art of Breastfeeding: Avoiding and Overcoming Difficulties
  • Nutrition and Weaning

All parents interested in learning about breastfeeding are welcome to attend meetings or to call a Leader for breastfeeding help. We encourage pregnant women to attend meetings too. Whether you breastfeed your baby for six days, six weeks, six months, a year or longer, you will find La Leche League meetings supportive and informative. Babies and children are always welcome at our meetings.

Why join La Leche League?

We encourage you to become a member of La Leche League although membership is not required to attend meetings or to receive breastfeeding help from a Leader.

The membership fee helps to support your local Group and enables La Leche League International to continue its mission of providing information and encouragement for breastfeeding women around the world. Without contributions from our members, La Leche League would be unable to provide this vital mother-to-mother support.

For more membership information and to purchase a membership, please contact a Leader from your local LLL Group or click here

La Leche League Philosophy

The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following statements:

  1. Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
  2. Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
  3. In the early years, the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
  4. Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.
  5. 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.
  6. Ideally, the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
  7. Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
  8. Breastfeeding is enhanced by the loving support of the baby’s father, a co-parent, a partner, and/or close family members who value the breastfeeding relationship.
  9. Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
  10. 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.

From LLLI publication No. 300-17, “La Leche League Purpose and Philosophy.”

La Leche League Publications

La Leche League International’s classic bestselling guide providing a range of nursing information, ideas and stories – from preparation during pregnancy to the world of weaning, from nursing positions to expressing and storing your milk. 

Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It’s mother-wisdom, reassurance, and a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research.