Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at LLL Series Meetings?

At group meetings La Leche League Leaders and other mothers share experiences, give suggestions and offer support and encouragement. LLL meetings are ideal for learning from and making friends with other mothers. These meetings provide time for mother-to-mother sharing in a friendly and accepting atmosphere. The informal meetings are attended by expectant, new and experienced mothers and their babies. Most Groups rotate through a series of breastfeeding topics; however, every meeting is different and the questions of the attendees, particularly those who are pregnant or have new babies, are always given top priority.

What information is discussed at Series Meetings?

There are four general topics that Leaders rotate through at meetings:

  • Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • Bringing Baby Home
  • Avoiding Difficulties
  • Nutrition and Weaning

Sometimes a Leader may cover the topic in a general fashion, and sometimes a Leader may cover a specific topic within that general topic. Enrichment meetings may cover a wider variety of topics and do not generally follow the four general topics.

Do I have to join LLL to atttend meetings or receive support?

No, you do not have to join LLL to attend meetings. We do offer membership options to support our Groups but it is not required for attendance.

Can I attend meetings as an expectant mother?

Yes, we encourage pregnant moms to attend a complete four meeting series in preparation for breastfeeding. 

Can I bring my baby/children to the meeting?

Yes, children are welcome.  We encourage nursing babies to join mothers at the meetings. 

Can I bring my mother/mother-in-law/husband/other support person?

In general, we welcome support people to come. Men, however, are a somewhat trickier matter in that women who would be comfortable with nursing in front of a group of women attending a LLL meeting may not be comfortable nursing in front of a man they do not know, particularly if they need help with latch-on or other breastfeeding difficulties. As a result, it is often preferred that male support people do not attend the bulk of the meeting but instead come in at the very beginning of a meeting or at the very end.  

What if there's no Leader near me?

LLL offers online chats, and you may also contact a Leader about starting a Group in your area. There are also support forums located at the LLL Alliance site and at the LLLI site.

Do you make home visits?

Some Leaders do make home visits, but it is not required of LLL Leaders. If you need help immediately, and the next LLL meeting in your area is not soon enough, contact a Leader in your area to see if there are any nearby Leaders who will meet with you.

What are Enrichment Meetings?

Enrichment meetings are extra meetings that are held for larger groups about more specialized topics. Some enrichment meetings may focus on nursing toddlers, on helping new parents figure out ways to re-connect with a little baby, or other topics of interest to some of their members. Not all groups have enrichment meetings, so if you're interested in one, contact a Leader in your local group and inquire.

Who is a LLL Leader?

A La Leche League Leader is a mother who has had a specific type of breastfeeding and parenting experience, meets the prerequisites for Leadership, completed specific reading and introspection and has finished the extensive written training curriculum established by LLLI.  A Leader upholds the Philosophy of La Leche League International.  

Philosophy of La Leche League International

  • Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
  • Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
  • In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
  • Breast milk is the superior infant food.
  • For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
  • Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
  • Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
  • Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby's father. A father's unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child's development from early infancy.
  • Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
  • From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

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