La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Anyone interested in feeding their baby human milk, whether pregnant, adopting, breastfeeding, chestfeeding, feeding donor milk, or anywhere in between, is welcome to come to our free meetings or call our Leaders for breastfeeding help. Attending La Leche League meetings can help you learn about breastfeeding from other nursing parents. At these monthly meetings, attendees share not only their questions and concerns but also the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Knowing others who have breastfed their babies can be helpful and reassuring. It is also important to have accurate, up-to-date information.
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General Meeting Information
Babies and nursing children are always welcome at our meetings!
Please note: We want every family to get a healthy start; that means learning about breastfeeding together in a safe place. Please help to protect the little ones by observing this simple guideline: If you or any of your family members is exhibiting symptoms of illness at the time of the meeting, and/or has had a fever within the 24 hours preceding the meeting, we ask that you not attend -- please call or email a Leader with your breastfeeding questions instead.
A continuing series of four monthly meetings is based on the information found in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and covers:
- Meeting I: The Importance of Breastfeeding
- What makes breastmilk the superior infant food?
- How does nursing provide "health insurance" for baby?
- What are the advantages to the nursing parent? other family members?
- Meeting II: Baby Arrives: The Family & The Breastfed Baby
- How does the baby get started breastfeeding?
- How often and how long should the baby nurse?
- What is father's role? other children? grandparents?
- How do meals and housework get done with a new baby?
- Is it possible to breastfeed and go back to work?
- Meeting III: The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties
- What can be done if milk supply gets low?
- What if baby seems fussy all the time?
- How do other parents handle night time waking?
- Can sore nipples be helped? or prevented?
- Meeting IV: Starting Solids, Weaning and Family Nutrition
- When and how should baby start solid foods?
- What are the best foods to feed a baby? a toddler?
- How can family eating habits be improved?
- When and how do you wean?
La Leche League's basic manual, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, is for sale or loan at meetings. Also available is a lending library containing books covering all aspects of breastfeeding, childbirth, parenting and nutrition.
If you would like to download and print our meeting information, our flyer is available as a PDF file.
There are four La Leche League Groups in Chester County:
La Leche League of Downingtown (Evening Group)
La Leche League of Exton-Lionville (Evening Group)
La Leche League of Kimberton (Morning Group)
La Leche League of West Chester (Morning Group)
There are also Groups in these neighboring areas: Lancaster County, Berks County, Delaware County & the Main Line, and Central and East Montgomery County.
La Leche League of Downingtown
La Leche League of Downingtown meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM
These meetings are held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 46 W Lancaster Avenue, in Downingtown.
Call Judy (610) 363-6206 for more information.
§Fathers welcome at Meeting II
More meeting dates in 2017 coming soon
U P C O M I N G M E E T I N G S Meeting I Meeting II Meeting III Meeting IV February 28§ March 28
La Leche League of Exton-Lionville
La Leche League of Exton-Lionville meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM
These meetings are held at Exton Community Baptist Church, 114 E Swedesford Road, in Exton.
(between K-Mart and Post Office parking lots)
We meet in the church office building (split level house across the parking lot from the main church building)
Call Judy (610) 363-6206 for more information.
* Not the second Wednesday U P C O M I N G M E E T I N G S Meeting I Meeting II Meeting III Meeting IV March 8 April 12 May 10 June 14 July 12 August 9 September 13 October 11 November 8 December 13 January 10, 2018 February 7, 2018* March 14, 2018
La Leche League of Kimberton
La Leche League of Kimberton meets the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 AM (note new time!)
These meetings are held at Centennial Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, in Kimberton.
Contact Kristina (610) 321-0319 or Jill (484) 999-0848 for more information.
± Toddler - A meeting for those nursing older babies and toddlers, focusing on topics such as extended nursing, loving guidance, toddler safety & more
*Not the first Tuesday
U P C O M I N G M E E T I N G S Meeting I Meeting II Meeting III Meeting IV Toddler ± March 7 April 4 May 2 June 6 July 11* August 1 September 5 October 3 November 14* December 5 January 2, 2018 February 6, 2018 March 6, 2018
Please note: This Group meets in a room with a lot of active toys, and those who attend often bring their toddlers and preschoolers as well as their babies.
There is generally more of a "playgroup atmosphere" at these meetings than at our evening Groups, which tend to be quieter.
La Leche League of West Chester
La Leche League of West Chester meets the third Tuesday of every month at 9:30 AM
These meetings are held in Suite 302 at 600 E Marshall Street, in West Chester.
(Building is across from the Chester County Hospital. Elevator is on the Maple Ave side of the building.)
Contact Shelly (484) 883-0572 for more information.
In case of bad weather: If West Chester Area School District delays or closes, the meeting will be cancelled.
U P C O M I N G M E E T I N G S Meeting I Meeting II Meeting III Meeting IV March 21 April 18 May 16 June 20 July 18 August 15 September 19 October 17 November 21 December 19 January 16, 2018 February 20, 2018 March 20, 2018
The membership fee helps support local Groups, our Area and the international organization. Members receive a discount on registration for our annual Area Conference, and other benefits may be available. LLL membership is not required to receive telephone help or to be a welcome part of our meetings. Yearly memberships are offered at the $30, $50, or $100 levels, and may be purchased or renewed in person at a meeting, by mail using our printable membership flyer (.pdf format) or online using Paypal.
Leader InformationLa Leche League Leaders are experienced parents who are accredited by La Leche League International (LLLI) to help with all aspects of breastfeeding. Leaders are ready to offer encouragement, support, information, and practical help to both parents and interested medical professionals through monthly meetings and telephone help. All shared information of a medical nature has been approved by the LLLI Health Advisory Council.
Leaders in Chester County:
If you are unable to reach a Leader in Chester County, please call the Greater Philadelphia Area Helpline (610) 666-0359, serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
- Email questions: ChesterCountyLLL@gmail.com
- Jill (484) 999-0848 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kara (484) 402-6204 karaLLLWC@yahoo.com
- Heather (281) 419-4747 email@example.com
- Judy (610) 363-6206 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kristina (610) 321-0319 email@example.com
- Shelly (484) 883-0572 firstname.lastname@example.org
To find a Leader elsewhere, visit LLLI's Leader Information page.
Leaders are volunteers working from their homes. For 24-hour breastfeeding assistance, call the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-877-4-LALECHE (1-877-452-5324). This call is toll-free. Breastfeeding information is always available on the LLLI website. For non-urgent breastfeeding help and support, visit La Leche League's Mother-to-Mother Forums.
LLLI Breastfeeding Resources Page
Index of La Leche League Group Web Pages
La Leche League in Pennsylvania
La Leche League International Main Page
About La Leche League:
* La Leche League Purpose Statement
* La Leche League Mission
* La Leche League Philosophy
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