Structure of LLL

Board of Directors

LLLI is governed by a Board of Directors, whose members are elected by La Leche League Leaders. You can find out more about them here.

The Board’s work is supported by a series of committees, task forces, and work groups which are listed here.

Executive Director

Day-to-day operations of La Leche League International (LLLI) are managed by IMI Association Executives, and our Executive Director is Zion Tankard. You can contact her at zion@llli.org.

Direct Connect Entities

LLL is made up of 8 Direct Connect Entities (DCEs), each of which serves as the leadership body for its Leaders to connect with LLLI.

LLL Alliance for Breastfeeding Education

Based within the United States, La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education (LLL Alliance) currently has approximately 850 Leaders in 43 states and Canada. LLL Alliance Leaders offer evidence-based breastfeeding information and support through in-person and online LLL Group meetings and individual contact. Help can be provided from anywhere by phone, email, messaging, or video chat.
 
The LLL Alliance Breastfeeding & Lactation Resource Department and Continuing Education Department equip Leaders by providing resources, information, and education on a variety of breastfeeding topics. LLL Alliance is a member organization of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).
To find LLL Alliance Leaders, please visit our website.

LLL Canada

La Leche League Canada (LLLC) is a registered not-for-profit Canadian charity. The first LLL Groups were established in Canada in 1961.
The LLLC website receives over 75 000 weekly visitors from around the world. Our Instagram following is at 4500 and Facebook is at 12 750 and both are growing every day. The LLLC Prenatal Breastfeeding Class is offered virtually by Leaders across the country, at no cost, to those interested in learning about breastfeeding before baby arrives.We recently launched the LLLC Virtual Library which provides access to digital books and audiobooks on topics related to pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting. The Virtual Library now has over 900 registered users. We have over 130 up-to-date breastfeeding-related information sheets on our website. And each year approximately 500 people submit questions to the “Ask a Leader” service.La Leche League Canada provides regular educational opportunities for Leaders, Leader Applicants and healthcare providers at our annual Healthcare Provider Conference and through our Communication Skills Development. For more information please visit us at lllc.ca.You can find LLLC on social media here:
Facebook
Instagram

European Area Network

The European Area Network (EAN) includes 15 in-country Areas across mainly-western Europe including one Future Area which covers several countries from Portugal in the west to Russia in the east and Turkey in the south. LLL Meetings and breastfeeding support are offered in more than 25 languages.

Because almost every Area speaks a different language, most projects are internal – each having, for example, its own publications (original or in translation) for mothers, parents, families, Leaders, Applicants and, in some cases, healthcare providers.

The European Council, which includes EAN and LLLGB, brings together all member entities for interests and projects that we have in common, and European Staff provide a support network.

Read more in the LLL Europe website.
Find our entities here:
LLL Austria, LLL Belgium, LLL Bulgaria, LLL Flanders, LLL France, LLL Germany, LLL Greece, LLL Hungary, LLL Ireland, LLL Italy, LLL Luxembourg, LLL Netherlands, LLL Poland, LLL Portugal, Reseau pour l’allaitement (RpA, France), LLL Romania, LLL Russia, LLL Slovenia, LLL Spain, LLL Switzerland, LLL Turkey

LLL Great Britain

La Leche League Great Britain (LLL GB) provides mother-to-mother, parent-to-parent breastfeeding support across Great Britain and the Isle of Man. We believe that mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of your baby.

Our trained breastfeeding counsellors are all volunteers who have nursed their own babies, completed breastfeeding support training, and are accredited as LLL Leaders. Our volunteers provide a wide range of support options including phone, text, chat, email, helpforms, and social media. Leaders also run breastfeeding support meetings which offer a safe space to talk about breastfeeding and chestfeeding in a group or one-to-one, hear how others have overcome their own challenges, meet other nursing parents, and make friends.

We support parents to provide human milk for their babies, however that looks for families. We are committed to serving everyone – mothers, parents, families – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, political views, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, cultural values and beliefs.

In 2022, our 200+ volunteer Leaders:

  • provided face-to-face support meetings in 120+ locations with a total attendance at meetings of 7,000+
  • supported 1,000+ parents face-to-face or over video call
  • facilitated 40+ Facebook groups providing information & support
  • responded to 8,000+ social media contacts
  • took 2,000+ phone calls
  • answered 1,500+ online helpforms
We also offer online support via Facebook, extensive printed resources, and free online resources on the LLLGB website.  Between April 2021 and March 2022, our website had 3.3 million page clicks from 2.2 million visitors. Our Facebook page has over 28,000 followers, Twitter, 5,500 and Instagram has over 13,000 followers. We are also now on LinkedIn.
 
Information sheets on 53 topics are sold in the LLLGB shop and our publication Breastfeeding Matters has subscribers across the UK, as well as Europe.
 
LLLGB Leaders offer free Antenatal Courses for families and Communication Skills Development courses for Leaders.
 

International Area Network

The International Area Network (IAN) is a rapidly growing and expanding Direct Connect Entity of LLLI comprising 10 Areas (support networks), which includes over 40 countries across Latin America, the Africa continent, Israel, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.  There are close to 700 LLL Leaders and over 400 local LLL Groups with meetings and mother-to-mother breastfeeding support offered in more than 15 languages. 

You can find out more about where there is an LLL presence in the IAN and how to find local LLL support here.

Publications (original and translations) whether in print and digital format or posted online as articles and blogs are an important means of providing information and support in their own language for mothers, families, those who are interested in becoming an LLL Leader, LLL Leaders, and at times healthcare providers.  Currently there are publications being done in Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Ndebele, Northern Sotho/Sepedi, Russian, Sotho/Southern Sotho, Setswana, Spanish, Swahili, Swati, Ukrainian, Venda, Tsonga, Vietnamese, Xhosa, and ZuluGo to multilingual information on the “Resource” page to see some of these publications.

For general inquiries about the IAN, please contact the International Area Network.

Ligue La Leche

Les monitrices de la Ligue La Leche ont allaité leur enfant au moins un an. Elles ont suivi une formation extensive portant sur le cours normal de l’allaitement et les défis que l’on peut rencontrer pendant cette période de la vie. Elles offrent du soutien en français par téléphone, par courriel, via la page Facebook de la Ligue et celles des divers groupes LLL locaux. Elles animent aussi des rencontres de partage et de soutien dans différentes villes du Québec, de l’Ontario et du Nouveau-Brunswick au Canada. Les femmes enceintes, celles qui allaitent, les enfants ayant besoin de la présence de leur mère, les conjoints et toute personne qui soutient une dyade mère-bébé sont bienvenus aux rencontres de la Ligue.

Les monitrices peuvent répondre à de nombreuses questions : démarrage de l’allaitement, introduction des aliments complémentaires, allaitement du jeune bébé et du grand bambin, sommeil, etc. Elles peuvent vous soutenir lorsque vous désirez sevrer, ou si vous retournez aux études ou sur le marché du travail. Peu importe la durée de votre allaitement, elles sont là pour vous guider et faire en sorte que cette période de votre vie soit agréable et que vous puissiez en profiter au maximum.
http://allaitement.ca/

LLL New Zealand

Located deep in the South Pacific La Leche League New Zealand is the only national organisation specialising in mother to mother breastfeeding support. With 127 Leaders and 37 groups spread from Kerikeri in the north to Invercargill in the south we are active in most regions of New Zealand.

If you need breastfeeding help we are just an email away http://www.lalecheleague.org.nz/email-help
Or check out our active Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LLLNZ/
Our monthly online meetings, held on the last Tuesday evening of each month are a popular way to learn about and get support with breastfeeding https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLLNZonline/
You can find out more about La Leche League New Zealand by visiting our website www.lalecheleague.org.nz
For general enquiries please contact administrator@lalecheleague.org.nz

LLL USA

Around 1,020 Leaders volunteer in La Leche League USA (LLL USA). In addition to hosting monthly meetings and providing support via phone and email, many local Groups and Leaders use social media and technology to reach and connect with families. Many LLL USA Leaders are also active in their local and state breastfeeding coalitions. New Beginnings, the weekly blog for parents published by LLL USA, is free and accessible to anyone who visits the website. You can join the more than 8,000 subscribers who receive a direct link to New Beginnings in their inboxes every Tuesday. The LLL USA signature event Live Love Latch!® takes place in August to align with National Breastfeeding Month. For information about Live Love Latch!®, check out the website.

Other useful LLL USA links:

For general administrative information, please email LLL USA at info@lllusa.org.

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