HomeAbout La Leche League
Our Mission is 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.
La Leche League Leaders
Accredited by La Leche League International,
volunteer Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who are familiar with
research and current findings dealing with all aspects of nursing. La Leche League Leaders offer practical
information and support to nursing mothers through telephone help, monthly
meetings, and lending libraries of books on childbirth, breastfeeding, and
related parenting topics.
La Leche League Philosophy
The basic philosophy of La Leche
League is summarized in the following statements:
The ideals and principles of
mothering which are the foundation of LLLI beliefs are further developed in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, the most comprehensive handbook on breastfeeding
and parenting ever published. It has provided needed answers to three
generations of nursing mothers on every aspect of breastfeeding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to
their natural state as possible.
infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their
capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.
(From LLLI publication No. 300-17, "La Leche
League Purpose and Philosophy.")
La Leche League of Mountain Plains is an Area of La Leche League International (LLLI) That serves mothers, babies, Leaders, and Leader Applicants in Colorado and Wyoming.
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