Philosophy

Vision

To realize, deepen and share the love and wisdom found in the breastfeeding relationship.

Mission

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.

Inclusivity Statement

We at La Leche League International have all nursed our babies. If you want to do the same, whoever you are, whatever your story is, we’re here to help. 

Philosophy: heart shaped photo-montage of small photos of nursing dyads, babies and families.

LLLI is committed to serving everyone inclusive 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, or other protected status.

LLLI seeks the equitable accreditation of a diverse body of Leaders.

Concepts

  • Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
  • Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.
  • Alert, active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
  • Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying breastfeeding relationship and reliable milk supply.
  • Breastfeeding is enhanced by the loving support of the baby’s father, a co-parent, a partner, and/or close family members who value the breastfeeding relationship.
  • In the early years, the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
  • For the healthy, full-term baby, human milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of readiness for complementary foods, about the middle of the first year after birth.
  • Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
  • Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the child outgrows the need.
  • From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

La Leche League International is a worldwide educational, nonsectarian, not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization.

The ideals and principles of mothering which are the foundation of LLL 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 multiple generations of nursing mothers and parents on every aspect of breastfeeding.

The 9th edition of our core book is being written now and will be published as The Art of Breastfeeding in October 2024.

Further Information

Words Used To Describe Breastfeeding
Bylaws
Policies and Standing Rules
Leaders
LLLI Strategic Plan