How to find breastfeeding support: connect with a local Group in your community
La Leche League provides vital support to breastfeeding families free of charge. It has been doing so for more than 60 years. We know that while breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t always come naturally. Across the U.S.A. and internationally, breastfeeding families find support from La Leche League volunteer Leaders through phone and email, on Facebook, and during monthly Group meetings. La Leche League supports parents from pregnancy through weaning, and everything in between. If you have a breastfeeding question or concern, here’s how to reach us.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
This information is on topics of interest to parents of breastfed children. It is general in nature and may not be pertinent to your family’s lifestyle. It is not intended to be advice, medical or otherwise. If you have a serious breastfeeding problem or concern, please talk directly to a La Leche League Leader who will provide you with support, encouragement, and evidence-based information. LLLI does not engage in the practice of medicine; please consult a health care professional for any medical issue.
What Happens at LLL Meetings?
Meetings welcome those who are interested in finding out more about breastfeeding. Expectant parents can find it helpful to attend before the baby comes, and babies are children are welcome. Meetings are always free and do not require RSVP. Sometimes the schedule can change so it’s nice to contact a Group Leader before attending the first meeting.
At LLL meetings:
You can look.
No two people at a meeting will have the same parenting style. You’ll see things you like and things you don’t like. Try what you like and leave the rest.
You can listen.
Some parents just want to sit and listen when they come. No one will pressure you to participate if you don’t want to.
You can ask questions.
- “Is this a normal diaper for a breastfed baby?”
- “How can I get my baby to sleep?”
- “Where can I find a good bra?”
- “How can I cope with criticism of my parenting?”
- “What do I do with a crying baby?”
You can “get out” with your baby.
La Leche League meetings are designed with babies in mind. They’re informal, and no one will mind if you nurse, change a diaper, or soothe a fretful baby. It feels good to get out of the house with your baby. What better place to come?
You can find friends for yourself and your child.
Some friendships that start at La Leche League meetings last long after the children are grown.
You can find someone to talk to later.
La Leche League Leaders are just a phone call, text, or email away, any time you need to talk.
You can complain.
Sometimes it helps to talk with people who have “been there.” Whatever you’re going through, someone at the meeting will have been through something similar.
You can help someone else.
When you come to a La Leche League meeting, you don’t just learn from other parents; other parents have a chance to learn from you. You become part of the pattern of parent-to-parent support that began at the first La Leche League meeting in 1956. This support has spread around the world and continues to spread at all the parent-to-parent get-togethers that are the heart of La Leche League.