by Heidi Green
December 20, 2011
The short answer is that La Leche (pronounced la LAY-chay) League (LLL) is an organization of mothers helping mothers to breastfeed. Mostly through small and locally-organized groups, La Leche League (LLL) provides support, information, and education and promotes understanding of the role of breastfeeding in the health of mothers and children.
LLL was founded in 1956 by seven mothers in Chicago, Illinois. Breastfeeding support was sorely needed; only about 20 percent of U.S. mothers were breastfeeding at that time. The founders sought to change this through group meetings, educational events, and publications. In less than a decade, the organization had established groups in more than four nations worldwide. Now, more than 50 years after that first meeting, La Leche League is an international organization recognized by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition, American Medical Association, and many other leading health groups. With active groups in about 60 countries worldwide, LLL reaches more than 100,000 mothers each month.
At its heart, La Leche League continues to be a mothers’ group offering breastfeeding support and information in a variety of ways. Groups are organized by LLL leaders, who are experienced mothers accredited by LLL International to help mothers and expectant parents with all aspects of breastfeeding. LLL provides:
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