Our Mission is 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.
The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following statements:
The ideals and principles of mothering which are the foundation of LLLI 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 three generations of nursing mothers on every aspect of breastfeeding.
La Leche League began in 1956 as a meeting of seven friends, at a time when nursing parents found it difficult to find either information or support from their communities or doctors. Since then, La Leche League has grown into an international organization with groups in over 60 countries, providing personal support to help people reach their breastfeeding goals.
La Leche League Internaitonal (LLLI) serves as a non-governmental organization consultant for UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), acts as a registered Private Voluntary Organization for the US Agency of International Development (USAID), is an accredited member of the US Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies National Coalition, is a member of the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources Group (CORE), and is a founding member of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
LLLI is the world's largest resource for publications about breastfeeding and related topics. The information that they provide is reviewed by a Health Advisory Council made up of doctors and other health care professionals.