Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

La Leche League: Who We Are… and What We Do

on October 10, 2016

You know that La Leche League Canada provides breastfeeding support because that is what got you reading this page but do you know what happens when a mother contacts LLLC?

Anyone can access the support of a La Leche League Canada Leader by phoning the central LLLC phone lines or the National Referral number at 1-800-665-4324. You can also find a local group by checking the provincial listings here. In many parts of the country, Leaders also post information in public locations or at healthcare facilities.


When a Leader receives a call, she will:

  • Listen empathetically
  • Help the individual determine what their priority is
  • Provide information about what to expect from a breastfeeding baby (e.g. diaper counts, weight gain)
  • Offer ideas for improving breastfeeding management
  • Consult with the her resource Leaders if the question or concern is more complex, or of a medical or legal nature
  • Read medical information to the mother verbatim; a Leader does not interpret the information, nor does a Leader offer alternative therapies or treatment options – she is not qualified to diagnose or prescribe
  • Recommend that a person contact an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or other health professional for an assessment, when appropriate
  • Encourage the individual to maintain open lines of communication with their healthcare professionals who are following them and the baby


Leaders also answer questions via email, using a similar process to that which they would use when talking on the phone.

In many part of the country, La Leche League Canada holds in-person meetings.  Parents can find information about times and locations of local meetings, drop-ins or gatherings from either or by contacting local Leaders.




  • Are held at least monthly (some LLLC Groups hold them more often)
  • Are informal, facilitated discussions, which take into account the questions and experiences of those in attendance
  • Are respectful of a parent’s choices wherever they are on the continuum from exclusive breastfeeding to weaning
  • Usually follow a set of four topics: “The Importance of Breastfeeding”; “The Family and the Breastfed Baby”; “Preventing and Overcoming Difficulties”; “Nutrition and Starting Solids” but always make sure to deal with the current questions and concerns brought by the parents attending the meeting.
  • Are open to all women who are interested in breastfeeding information and support; women are encouraged to attend during pregnancy and babies are always welcome at meetings.
  • Some Groups are open to couples and welcome partners to regular meetings. Other Groups hold separate couples meeting nights. Transgender, pregnant, breastfeeding parents, and parents in same-sex relationships are welcome. Contact your local Group Leader.
  • Provide access to the Group’s lending library from which attendees can borrow books on a wide variety of breastfeeding and parenting topics


If you would like more information about what happens at a meeting, you can view the Mothering through Breastfeeding video prepared by the LLLC-Halifax Chapter here.



Or you can watch the National Awareness Campaign videos featuring actress Sitara Hewitt:

  • 1 minute Public Service Announcement here.
  • 11 minute movie here


We look forward to seeing you at an LLL meeting whether you want to ask a question, gather some information or share your own breastfeeding experiences.



If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to an accredited La Leche League Leader. In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking or Internationally

If you have found this article helpful, La Leche League Canada would appreciate your support. Your donation is essential and very much appreciated to help LLLC cover the cost of producing breastfeeding resources: or become a LLLC Friend




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