La Leche League Canada
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Supporting breast feeding families since 1961.
LLL Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.
”La Leche League meetings are the heart of the organization. They are free, informal discussion groups, held in homes or at easily accessible public locations, that cover the practical, physical, and psychological aspects of breastfeeding…. LLL gatherings are a wonderful place for information and encouragement, and a ready source of new friendships among mothers who automatically have a lot in common. Your questions on any topic are welcome; they never need to wait! There are usually several mothers who can offer insights or suggestions from their own experience – or at least who have the same questions, which is reassuring too.”
from the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 2010, pg. 442
To encourage, promote and provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.
LLLC is a national organization whose trained volunteer Leaders provide experienced mother- to-mother breastfeeding support through a variety of programs. An acknowledged expert in breastfeeding, LLLC is a complementary adjunct to the health care system, valued by the health care system and society. The organization is an integral part of Canadian families’ health care, connecting with every expectant mother and accessible in every community. LLLC collaborates with communities to provide a variety of services to meet their needs and wants. It is a financially secure organization supported by a variety of sources including corporations, donors, sponsors, users, members, alumni and volunteers. LLLC is an evolving, dynamic, efficient e-enabled learning organization with a variety of innovative programs and services. It is an organization committed to continuous growth and dynamic change to meet the needs of all constituents. The LLLC Board reflects the variety and interests of all constituents.
One of the four policy areas that the LLLC Board sets are Ends policies, which articulate what is different as a result of the organization’s existence and state the target for what we are trying to achieve, and that is:
Families, peers and society as a whole support every individual in their breastfeeding experience.
1. Every mother breastfeeds for as long as she wants, where she wants, when she wants and how she wants.
2. LLLC is viewed and respected as a reliable source for breastfeeding information and as a key contributor to Canadians’ healthcare.
2.1 Expectant and breastfeeding families have reliable access to accurate breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support.
2.2 Healthcare providers access or refer to LLLC when providing support to expectant and new parents.
3. Trained, accredited LLLC Leaders are accessible throughout Canada.