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.

 

 

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