La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are 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 mothers. At these monthly meetings, mothers share not only their questions and concerns but also the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Knowing other women 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 mom and baby 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 mother? 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 mother's 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
* Not the fourth 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 August 25 September 22 October 27§ November 17* December 15* January 26, 2016 February 23, 2016§ March 22, 2016
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 Rd, 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.
U P C O M I N G M E E T I N G S Meeting I Meeting II Meeting III Meeting IV September 9 October 14 November 11 December 9 January 13, 2016 February 10, 2016 March 9, 2016
La Leche League of Kimberton
La Leche League of Kimberton meets the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30 AM
These meetings are held at Centennial Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, in Kimberton.
Contact Kristina (610) 321-0319 or Jennifer firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
± Toddler - A meeting for mothers nursing older babies and toddlers, focusing on topics such as extended nursing, loving guidance, toddler safety & more 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 ± September 1 October 6 November 3 December 1 January 5, 2016 February 2, 2016 March 1, 2016
Please note: This Group meets in a room with a lot of active toys, and the mothers 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.
September 2015: Meeting held in Room 250 at the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, in West Chester.
October 2015: Location TBA
November & December 2015: Meeting held in Room 250 at the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, in West Chester.
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.
* See above for meeting location info U P C O M I N G M E E T I N G S Meeting I Meeting II Meeting III Meeting IV September 16* October 21* November 18* December 16*
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 $25, $40, 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 breastfeeding mothers who are accredited by La Leche League International (LLLI) to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. Leaders are ready to offer encouragement, support, information, and practical help to both mothers 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
- Shelly (484) 883-0572 email@example.com
- Kristina (610) 321-0319 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Judy (610) 363-6206 email@example.com
- Barbara (302) 547-3133 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jennifer email@example.com
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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