Language in LLLI Publications

We recognize that the language we use can make a difference to those who will seek LLL support and to those we reach. With this in mind, publications produced for LLLI use a variety of terms to describe Leaders and the people we serve.

LLL Entities

Being inclusive and equitable may require different strategies and look different in different places. Therefore, when producing their own documents and publications aimed at their local communities, LLL Areas and Direct Connect Entities are encouraged to use wording and images that are appropriate to their cultures, being inclusive of all people who may require help with breastfeeding.


To be welcoming to all breastfeeding families, LLLI publications use a variety of terms and images that reflect the variety of Leaders, mothers, and parents. LLLI respects diversity of all kinds and conveys that respect in our publications. We recognize the value of motherhood to the founding and future of La Leche League and will continue to use words that recognize motherhood. At the same time, we recognize that there are Leaders and breastfeeding parents who do not identify as mothers, and that they should also be visible in our publications. As a global entity LLLI produces publications using wording and images that are appropriate and inclusive of a variety of linguistic and cultural contexts in the world.

“LLLI publications” include published resources, policies, books, articles, graphics, social media messaging, and audio-visual presentations produced for LLLI. Authors who submit their work to LLLI use both gendered and non-gendered terminology and grammar in work submitted for publication. Attention is also given to the following considerations.

  • Quotations from other works and research are verbatim; and in summarizing such work, the language used must accurately represent the research results.
  • Specific publications primarily intended to convey factual and educational information about breastfeeding or lactation use a variety of terms and images to reflect the diverse identities of Leaders, mothers and parents.
  • Publications of personal nursing experiences and creative work maintain the author’s/authors’ voice.
  • Brief social media postings, including but not limited to memes, tweets, and Facebook/Instagram posts, will use terms that vary across multiple posts.

(Aug 20, Jan 22)