About La Leche League

The LLL Mission

La Leche League International strives 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 LLL Philosophy

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.
  • 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.
  • Membership/Donations

    There are multiple benefits of breastfeeding available for both mothers and babies, but did you know that becoming an LLLL member can enhance those benefits? Mothers who are members of LLL breastfeed longer because they have the information, education, support, and encouragement they need to enjoy the experience. At $25 membership in LLL is a real bargain when you consider the costs of not breastfeeding!  Members are invited to join our private Facebook group.  

    You may also make a donation of any amount, even $5 can really help your local group support local mothers.

    Send a check to our treasurer or click the donate button to use a credit card or your checking account:




    Christine Smith, Treasurer
    LLL of Lakeland
    6819 Broken Arrow Trail S
    Lakeland FL 33813



    The History of LLL

    La Leche League International was founded in 1956 when seven mothers gathered to share their experiences breastfeeding their children. La Leche League of Lakeland was founded in 1975. Countless mothers and families have been part of the LLLL community.

    To learn more about the history of LLL, click here.