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What is La Leche League?

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What is LLL?

La Leche League, or LLL, is an organization founded in 1956 by seven women who wanted to make breastfeeding easier and more rewarding for both mother and child. The organization offers information and encouragement—primarily through personal help—to those who want to breastfeed their babies.

The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following statements:

  • 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.

  • Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.

  • 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.


LLL is a non-profit organization supported entirely by donations, memberships, and sales of materials. Membership in La Leche League helps to support our local Groups, as well as national and worldwide projects to promote breastfeeding.  


To learn more about LLL please visit La Leche League of Kentucky/TennesseeLa Leche League USA, and La Leche League International.

Suggested Reading


The following books are highly recommended.  Click on the book title to read a description. 

Most of these titles are available from the Bristol Public Library.


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

   La Leche League International Book

   by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman (Jul 13, 2010)


Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers 

   by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-tackett (Dec 2010)


The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears

   by RN by Diana West and Lisa Marasco (Oct 28, 2008)


The Nursing Mother's Companion: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust from Pregnancy

through Weaning, 7th Edition

   by Kathleen Huggins (Jul 15, 2017)


So That's What They're For!: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide, 3rd edition

   by Janet Tamaro (May 1, 2005)


Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding: The Complete Nutrition Book for Nursing Mothers 

   by Eileen Behan (Mar 27, 2007)


Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More!

   La Leche League International Book

   by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada (Apr 11, 2007)


Links to Other Resources


La Leche league International


La Leche League USA


La Leche League Kentucky/Tennessee

La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education

Breastfeeding Essentials LLC






Breastfeeding Coalition of Northeast Tennessee


Virginia Breastfeeding Taskforce

More breastfeeding learning resources can be found at the following links:

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