La Leche League in the USA

The La Leche League is an international, nonprofit organization that supports and promotes breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support and education. The website offers families and staff a directory of local La Leche group meetings and leaders, a hotline number for breastfeeding questions, and a variety of written resources.

Embarrassment: Don't Shy Away from Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in public is one of the most common concerns breastfeeding women share. Pregnant and breastfeeding women receive helpful suggestions on ways to help ease their concerns about breastfeeding in public. Women are encouraged to share their feelings and concerns with family, friends, and other women with breastfeeding experience.

When Should a Mother Avoid Breastfeeding?

While breastfeeding provides the most complete nutrition for infants, it is not advised in certain situations. Staff, expecting, and breastfeeding mothers may find this information useful and are encouraged to ask health care providers about breastfeeding in special circumstances.

Opening the Discussion on Feeding

Head Start staff have a unique opportunity to engage pregnant women and families in discussions around breastfeeding in a culturally responsive and respectful manner. Health and nutrition coordinators, program administrators, and staff receive several open-ended questions to begin conversations with breastfeeding families. Staff members are encouraged to connect women and families with community resources to provide breastfeeding support.

Encouragement: Give a Breastfeeding Mom Your Loving Support

To support breastfeeding mothers and infants, family and friends can provide emotional support and offer to help with household tasks. Staff and families receive useful information on how to work together to support and encourage breastfeeding mothers.