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The mission of La Leche League International 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 in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
La Leche League groups meet monthly in over 60 countries around the world. Leaders are mother-volunteers who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International. Leaders are available for phone and email help, and some Leaders do home visits for moms who are having trouble in the early weeks.
find a group near you at: www.llli.org/WebUS.html
La Leche League philosophy is summarized by these 10 concepts:
-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.
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. The new Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is now available! See this link to download chapter 20, the Tear-Sheet Toolkit: www.llli.org/womanlyartofbreastfeeding
My highest credential is MOM to three clever, spunky, loving, sweet, funny kids, ages 9, 7, and 4. I am also a volunteer LLLL (La Leche League Leader) and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in Seattle, Washington.