In 1956, seven women found themselves at the center of attention for successfully breastfeeding their babies. When breastfeeding rates were at an all-time low in the United States, these women organized themselves to reach others in their community and offer them the support they had found from each other.
The first meetings were held in private homes, welcoming mothers who wanted to learn and talk about breastfeeding. Many sought them out for information and support, so they decided to formalize the mother-to-mother support they were giving into an organization they named La Leche League. It didn’t take long for La Leche League to grow into an international organization, with volunteer Leaders providing mother-to-mother support in over 60 countries around the world, and to be recognized as the world’s foremost authority on breastfeeding.
Today, La Leche League continues to provide mother-to-mother support through local meetings, just like in the beginning. Leaders are also available to help via email, phone, Facebook, and more.