Philosophies

La Leche League Canada is an Affiliate of La Leche League International. We share a common purpose and philosophy. The basic philosophy of La Leche League is expressed in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and summarized in the following concepts. 

  • Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby. 

  • Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start. 

  • Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply. 

  • In the early years, the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food. 

  • Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.

  • For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth. 

  • Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need. 

  • Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby’s father. A father’s unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child’s development from early infancy. 

  • Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible. 

  • From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

 

 

To encourage, promote and provide breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society