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Parent to parent, volunteer run chest/breastfeeding support and information for expectant & chest & breastfeeding parents and their support people, whether you have questions or concerns, need help, want to celebrate success, or want to help support others.
Nursing babies are encouraged at our meetings, and other children are welcome as well. Disruptive behavior that impacts others’ ability to enjoy the meeting must be attended to promptly.
Families who wish to chest/breastfeed their babies find encouragement & information at LLL meetings. Meeting discussions include the latest medical research as well as the personal experience of others. LLL meetings are a place where you can ask questions, share tips, make friends, and get out of the house with your little one(s). Whether you’re facing a chest/breastfeeding and parenting challenge or things are going well, La Leche League is for you!
Meetings are free and open to all parents who are interested in chest/breastfeeding, and all those who desire to feed their baby human milk, including during pregnancy, and those who don’t know if chest/breastfeeding is for them.
The basic philosophy of La Leche League International 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.