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La Leche League is here to support your family in your feeding journey! LLL Leaders are volunteer breastfeeding counsellors who have nursed their own children, are passionate about the value of human milk and provide support in their communities. Leaders may offer information and resources in-person and by phone, text, email, and social media. Leaders may run a local group and moderate mother-to-mother/parent-to-parent meetings. Many meetings are online and we welcome your participation around the world. Expect a warm welcome, acceptance and non-judgmental support when you contact LLL Leaders or access online support. We offer information and encouragement to everyone who needs it.
With thousands of groups around the world, we encourage you to connect with the LLL Leaders in your community or country who will have the most current knowledge of your local resources. However, you can also connect with our international community through online support groups.
La Leche League International (LLLI) has two breastfeeding support groups on Facebook where participants can ask questions and share experiences, and LLL Leaders offer information and resources. The purpose of these groups is to provide support to individual parents in nursing, pumping or offering expressed milk to their own babies. For urgent or time-sensitive questions, please contact a LLL Leader in your region (search here.)
When you request to join any LLLI/LLL Facebook group, please answer all the questions listed, or your membership may be delayed.
Please join our communities here:
There are also groups that have a specific focus, which are run by Leaders from various countries and provide support in a number of languages. They include:
Induced lactation is defined as breastfeeding without pregnancy. Yes, It is possible to nurse your child whether or not you birthed them.
Relactation is defined as the process of resuming breastfeeding after a period of no breastfeeding or very little breastfeeding.
When requesting to join it is imperative you answer the questions to help our group admins approve your request in a timely manner.
LLL group for anyone nursing, pumping for, or providing any amount of human milk to their twins and higher-order multiples. Please respond to the questions asked when you request to join.
This group offers breastfeeding support for those who are tandem nursing. Tandem nursing is defined as a “common term for breastfeeding siblings concurrently”, but we are also here to support those who are nursing through pregnancy and those who are planning on or considering tandem nursing. Please respond to the questions asked when you request to join.
This group offers support for those nursing babies with a variety of special needs, not restricted to the usual challenges families may experience. Please respond to the questions asked when you request to join.
LLL entities and groups may have their own support groups on Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms. You can find them by selecting an entry here.
What happens at online LLL meetings?
Meetings are led by an accredited LLL Leader (breastfeeding counsellor). Similar to our in-person gatherings, online LLL meetings are all about mother-to-mother/parent-to-parent support, sharing experiences and exploring resources. Questions are welcome as is sharing what works for you. You will hear a whole range of ideas and experiences about feeding your baby. LLL embraces all parents who seek to offer human milk or nurture their babies at the breast/chest, appreciating that each parent is the expert of their own family and there are many ways to ensure a baby thrives.
While in-person support continues to be highly valued by LLL, there are aspects that we can appreciate about online meetings as well. We can’t offer you a drink or snack as you might find at an in-person LLL meeting, but during these times it can be a way to connect with other mothers and parents and seek evidenced-based information from Leaders from the safety of your own home.
LLL groups use a variety of online meeting platforms. Generally all you need to do is click/tap a link on your phone, laptop or computer. Sometimes a group will ask you to sign up in advance – if so they will provide simple instructions on how to do this, and maybe a password for logging on.
If your local group is not running online meetings, or you live in a region/country without an LLL presence, you will find many groups welcome mothers and parents from outside their locality – you can find meetings listed on LLL entity websites and related online resources.
If you can’t find a meeting to attend please contact us – email@example.com.
Comprehensive resources can also be found here on our website which hosts articles about the normal course of breastfeeding, addresses challenges families may experience, and shares motivational stories.
Our A-Z of Breastfeeding Info is particularly useful if you are looking for information, and many articles link to local entity resources.
In addition, you can read our bimonthly online magazine, LLL Today, available in 6 languages: English, French. German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. This new publication from LLLI brings you news about our resources, our advocacy work, our fundraisers, and exciting projects. We shine a light on the amazing work LLL Leaders and LLL entities are doing. LLL Leaders make a difference every day supporting and advocating for breastfeeding across the world.
Through its pages, LLL Today promotes the La Leche League International philosophy, mission and vision “to realize, deepen and share the love and wisdom found in the breastfeeding relationship”.
When you can’t attend a meeting, you can find encouragement and support in LLL Today.
If you would like to share your story with families around the world please submit it here – we want to celebrate your successes and the challenges you have overcome. Whatever your feeding journey looks like, we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Womanly Art is our classic bestselling guide providing a range of nursing information, ideas and stories – from preparation during pregnancy to the world of weaning, from nursing positions to expressing and storing your milk. It is available in 11 languages and in audio and braille format in some countries – find more information here.
The 9th edition will be published as The Art of Breastfeeding in 2024.
We have made the Tear-Sheet Toolkit available online – to read directly or download.
The Toolkit contains succinct information under the following sections:
- Early Breastfeeding
- Problem Solving,
- Working, Pumping, Bottles
Find the toolkit here.
- Find local support
- La Leche League Meetings
- La Leche League Support in Social Media Groups
- A-Z of breastfeeding information
- Información Sobre Lactancia Materna de la A a la Z
Published in August 2020, updated in March 2023.