La Leche League International (LLLI) was founded in 1956 by a group of seven mothers in Illinois at a time when breastfeeding was rare. They felt that experienced breastfeeding mothers could provide the kind of practical, evidence-based help that newer mothers needed. For a more detailed history of La Leche League, please click the "LLL History" link on the right sidebar of this page.
La Leche League of Oregon currently has 50 Leaders leading 19 local groups. Our Mission is to help parents to breastfeed, through peer 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 parent.
La Leche League helps families by:
- Providing free meetings led by volunteer Leaders who are experienced with breastfeeding and are accredited by La Leche League International.
- Offering support between meetings for breastfeeding challenges, such as positioning and latch, being sure your baby is getting enough milk, soreness, pumping and milk storage, and so much more!
- Helping parents learn about the ages and stages of breastfeeding.
- Creating a community of support by bringing breastfeeding families together.
La Leche League USA (LLL USA) is committed to diversity and inclusion. LLL USA supports all breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding families, inclusive of their race, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, primary language, ability, or socio-economic status. LLL USA fosters diversity among its Leaders so as to incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and responsible decision-making.