About La Leche League

mother and baby

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.


After World War II, the cultural expectation in the United States was that mothers would bottlefeed their babies, few medical professionals knew about or encouraged breastfeeding, and only 20% of new mothers even attempted to breastfeed at all.  

Seven women in Franklin Park, Illinois decided to get together with other mothers, to share what they knew about breastfeeding and to give each other support and encouragement.  The first meeting was held at the home of Mary White in October, 1956. 

Since then, La Leche League has grown from one small group meeting in a home in Franklin Park, to an international organization with thousands of members and volunteers.


La Leche League was founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal help, to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. While complementing the care of the physician and other health care professionals, it recognizes the unique importance of one mother helping another to perceive the needs of her child and to learn the best means of fulfilling those needs.

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