What is La Leche League?
“La Leche” is simply Spanish for Milk. We are a place to come for breastfeeding information and support, and part of a larger international organization that began in America over 50 years ago when Breastfeeding was nearly a lost art!
Seven breastfeeding mothers found each other at a church picnic one day and decided to continue to meet together to support each other as well as encourage other mothers who wanted to breastfeed. Over the years the organization has grown and spread around the world. The movement spread to Britain in the early 1970′s and they were officially registered as LLLGB in 1981.
“Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother”
We empathize with the fact that mothers are never short of advice. Everyone has an opinion on how they should do things. Doctors, midwives, health visitors, grandparents, family, and friends, all bring a mixture of opinion, experience and some level of knowledge to the mother. At a La Leche League meeting, we steer away from simply dispensing advice or telling mothers what to do. We want to give mothers who want to breastfeed the most up to date information and support available so that they feel empowered in their choices whether they decide to breastfeed for three weeks, three months, or three years.