What Is the La Leche League?


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According to the La Leche League International website, the La Leche League is an international non-profit organization that aims to help moms worldwide to breastfeed by providing education, encouragement, information and support from moms themselves. The organization was founded in 1956.

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The historical timeline presented on the La Leche League’s website shows that the organization was formed at a time when U.S. breastfeeding rates dropped to around 20 percent. The first meeting happened in 1956 at the home of Mary White, one of the organization’s seven founders. Today, the La Leche League organization hosts events to promote breastfeeding and provides help via phone and email. Members also visit hospitals.

The La Leche League website includes a section for online sales of books and products to help with breastfeeding. The organization has written the "Womanly Art of Breastfeeding," a classic bestseller that provides moms with wisdom and strategies for breastfeeding.

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