About Our Group
La Leche League was founded by seven moms who discovered that new breastfeeding parents lacked the support systems that are vital for breastfeeding success. They held their first meeting on October 17, 1961 and since then La Leche League has grown to an international organization that impacts the lives of thousands of families every year.
La Leche League is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to families who want to breastfeed. Our Mission is to help parents worldwide through parent-to-parent 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 USA (LLL USA) is committed to diversity and inclusion. LLL USA strives to support all breastfeeding families regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, primary language, ability, or socio-economic status. La Leche League USA makes every effort to foster diversity among its Leaders so as to incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and responsible decision-making.
LLL USA also remains committed to honoring the spirit and the letter of the WHO Code – the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent WHA Resolutions. LLL USA does not condone any actions that would allow a company that is not upholding its obligations under the WHO Code to advertise at La Leche League events. Click here for more information about the WHO Code.
What We Offer
All parents and expectant parents who are interested in breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or human-milk feeding are welcomed and encouraged to attend our free Meetups or call our Leaders for support & information.
In an effort to provide breastfeeding/chestfeeding resources and support we:
- Provide free local Meetups led by volunteer Leaders who are experienced with human milk feeding and accredited through La Leche League International.
- Offer support between meetings by phone, email, text and social media.
- Create a community of support, encouragement and compassion by bringing families together.
- Help parents learn about the ages and stages of breastfeeding and realistic breastfeeding expectations.
- Do all of this completely free of charge. We do offer memberships to offset the costs of running our group and leading meetings, but payment is never required to receive help or be a part of this community.
About Our Leaders
La Leche League Leaders are:
- Parents who have personal experience in breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and/or human milk feeding
- Fully trained and accredited by La Leche League International
- Able to help with all aspects of chestfeeding/breastfeeding
- Volunteers who care about you, your baby, and your family
- Accessible via phone, email or text for one-on-one support
Current Leaders in WestMoco:
Chrissy is Intersex, her pronouns are she/her. She has a three-year old son, is married and works full time. She induced lactation to be able to breastfeed as her son was born via gestational surrogacy, she provided 75% of his milk needs during the first year, and nursed until he was nearly three.
As a LLLLeader: An Accredited Leader since November 2017. She often answers calls on the local helpline, responds to emails, and maintains the group's website. She also administrates an international FB group La Leche League - Inducing Lactation & Relactation
Favorite Breastfeeding Tip: "When in Doubt Whip it out!" - breastfeeding can be about more than nutrition, it's an essential parenting tool....a cure all from infancy through toddlerhood.
Favorite Breastfeeding Fun Fact: "Breast storage capacity isn't about the size of your breasts, and even if you have a small storage capacity, you can still create enough milk to feed your baby.... you may just need to feed more often!"
Fondest Breastfeeding Memory: "The first time he unlatched while nursing , looked up at me, smiled and cooed, then returned to nursing. It was like he had just realized I was there too!"
Damaris is originally from Puerto Rico, living in the MD area for the past 12 years, she has a five-year old daughter and a one-year old son, is married and works full time. She is currently nursing her son and her daughter nursed until she was nearly three.
As a LLLLeader: An Accredited Leader since February 2017. She will be leading our Spanish speaking Meetups (coming soon!) and participates in community outreach.
Favorite Breastfeeding Tip: “Nursing is not just food. It is comfort and security and so much more.”
Favorite Breastfeeding Fun Fact: “That human’s milk changes based on the baby’s need, because they are growing or sick.”
Fondest Breastfeeding Memory: "That time when I was nursing my son, and my daughter came over sat by my side and started nursing her “baby” doll."
*Speaks Spanish, Necesitas ayuda en Español?
Harriet Is the mother to five sons and grandmother to 13 grandchildren. She is a retired IBCLC (1998-2013).
As a LLLLeader: She started attending LLL Meetings in 1967 and has been an Accredited Leader since 1976. She has been a LLLLeader in Connecticut and Maryland. She often leads at the weekday Meetups.
Favorite Breastfeeding Tip: Having latch issues? Lie Back and Relax! is a technique that is often helpful.
Favorite Breastfeeding Fun Fact: "You can tell whether a baby is full or not without ounce marks on the breast. Just look at their arms and fists. Tight means "empty" and relaxed means "full". And if a baby wakes up within a few minutes of being laid down after a good feeding, he/she is probably cold or wants to cuddle and may not be hungry."
Fondest Breastfeeding Memory: "We moved to CT when our first two children were no longer nursing. When our third child was born, our new family doctor was concerned that our son wasn't getting enough iron with just my milk without introducing solid food around three or four months. I was able to find documentation from LLL on this subject and shared it with him. I didn't start solids until my babies showed signs of readiness. By the time we had our fifth child, when we came to that same time with the new baby, the doctor said "We know how we feel on this subject." Even though he didn't completely agree with me (or LLL) he couldn't deny that all three of my sons that he had cared for since infancy, gained well, were healthy, thriving and with more than high enough iron levels on "just" breast milk until they were ready for solids."
Kerry is a full-time mom to two daughters, and is married. She grew up hearing about LLL from her mother, who didn't learn of LLL soon enough to benefit from it but who tried her best to nurse her three children anyway, in spite of having no support. Kerry was grateful to receive help from LLL from the time that her first baby was just a month old. She then became a Leader to support other mothers.
As a LLLLeader: An Accredited Leader since 2002. She is our group treasurer and often leads at the weekday Meetups.
Favorite Breastfeeding Tip: "Babies don't need a lot of gear - they mostly need to be held and kept close to their mother. When family and friends ask to hold the baby, suggest that they wash the dishes or do some laundry while you nurse, and then they can hold the baby. When they ask what the baby needs, tell them the baby needs a casserole!"
Favorite Breastfeeding Fun Fact: "The iron in breastmilk is highly bio-available and doesn't irritate baby's immature digestive system. In contrast, iron supplements are very poorly absorbed."
Funniest Breastfeeding Memory: "At a friend's house with my two little ones, my toddler found a coin on the floor. She walked over to me, threw her head back laughing, and dropped the coin in her mouth. I saw it cover her windpipe, picked her up and turned her upside down, dislodging the coin (that part wasn't funny). When we got home, her four-year-old big sister said, 'Guess what Daddy? Cora had nickel confusion!'"
Lior is a full-time, homeschooling Mother-In-Chief to 3 kiddos, 8, 6, and 1 years old, and is married. She came to LLL while struggling to nurse her first child. With the proper support and information, she went on to successfully nurse him, and her subsequent children and in time became a Leader to help others.
As an LLLLeader: An Accredited Leader since May 2014. She is our group Librarian, often leads at the Weekend Meetups, and responds to emails.
Favorite Breastfeeding Tip: "Change your expectations, not your baby."
Favorite Breastfeeding Fun Fact: "Baby Backwash! While nursing your baby's saliva actually goes back into your breast and then your breast creates milk to specifically protect and provide for the baby and their current needs! Its two-way communication, amazing!"
*Speaks Hebrew, מדברת עברית