There are four general topics that Leaders rotate through at meetings:
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.
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.
Yes, we encourage pregnant moms to attend a complete four meeting series in preparation for breastfeeding.
Yes, children are welcome. We encourage nursing babies to join mothers at the meetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.