La Leche League

La Leche League

La Leche League is an organization of women who have successfully breastfed their children and who enjoy helping others do the same. The organization had its beginnings at a family picnic in Franklin Park, Illinois, in 1956. Two nursing mothers attending the picnic recognized the need of new mothers to receive factual advice on breastfeeding. Previous generations had had mothers and grandmothers within their households who could supply this assistance. Our changing family structure, however, had left mothers without good role models, resulting in a lack of information.

Local groups meet monthly to discuss a series of topics ranging from breastfeeding and nutrition to other areas of concern to new mothers. If you are considering breastfeeding, it is helpful to attend a series of meetings before your due date. To find a La Leche League chapter nearest you, check your local telephone directory, or contact La Leche League international at 110 Horizon Drive, Suite 210
Raleigh, NC 27615, USA | telephone +1-919-459-2167 | fax +1-919-459-2075 | email info@llli.org
. You may also call the toll-free telephone number at +1-800-LALECHE (525-3243) to get assistance in finding a La Leche League leader, get a question answered, or just to get more information.

You may want to keep the telephone number of your local La Leche League leader handy. La Leche League leaders can provide information, support, and personal knowledge to mothers who have breastfeeding questions. Leaders have experienced breastfeeding with their own babies and understand the concerns and difficulties new mothers may have. These women volunteer their time to assist mothers through phone calls and sometimes even in-home visits; their services are free of charge.