La Leche League International strives to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

A recent New Beginnings article by Kaye Lowman describes why our discussion groups can be so rewarding.

For all that has changed in the last 50 years, one thing has remained constant: the need for mother-to-mother support is, as it always has been, the bedrock upon which a happy, confident nursing experience is built. Books are helpful, the Internet is accessible, research is conclusive, pamphlets and flyers and public service announcements help get the word out. But what enables a woman to joyfully provide her baby with the perfect nourishment from her own body is having another woman who has had the same experience travel along the path with her.

All women, especially those pregnant or nursing, are invited to join other mothers in our discussions. Babies are always welcome! Bring your questions and concerns about breastfeeding. An excellent lending library is available with books on childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition.

Please call a Leader the night before the meeting to verify time, location, and for directions. Leaders are also available for telephone help in between meetings.

Our Monthly groups discuss:

  1. Breastfeeding: The Healthy Choice -Nursing benefits for baby, mother, father, families and the world
  2. Baby Arrives- Preparing for birth, establishing nursing in the early weeks, & including dad, sibling/s, & grandparents
  3. Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties – The normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, getting support
  4. Nutrition & Weaning- Starting solids, family nutrition, extended nursing, approaches to weaning, loving guidance

Meeting 1 – January, May, September

Meeting 2 – February, June, October

Meeting 3 – March, July, November

Meeting 4 – April, August, December

LLL groups have informal discussions.  Mothers bring their questions and concerns about breastfeeding.  There is also a planned topic of discussion (see above) that covers the practical, physical, and psychological aspects of breastfeeding.  No two meetings are quite the same. We offer both daytime and evening metings. We also offer a monthly introduction to breastfeeding class at 6:30 pm (couples are welcome to that introductory class).
Check on the nearest meeting locations and dates!

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Posted by: suncoastlll | July 31, 2014

World Breastfeeding Month

How do you find support for breastfeeding?
Many moms today use the internet to get answers and support for breastfeeding.  Don’t forget to like our Suncoast La Leche League Facebook page for last minutes updates about our meetings. 


August is World Breastfeeding Month and in the USA we are celebrating with Live, Love, Latch.  Find it on Facebook:


And on Twitter at #LiveLoveLatch abd

Here are some of our favorite sites for breastfeeding information:
Frequently asked questions at the La Leche League International website:
Mother to Mother Forums at the llli.org site
The Award Winning and very user-friendly kellymom page.  Try her search box.
Dr. Jack Newman’s website
Diane Weissinger’s wonderful articles on breastfeeding.  Click on the tabs – Why, Starting and Continuing:
In closing, I would like to quote here what Diane says on the home page of her website about finding support: 
Breastfeeding is about community. In the past, women learned it from infancy. They chatted with other mothers, learned from other mothers –by seeing what they liked and what they didn’t like – and they helped one another. They absolutely didn’t learn breastfeeding from a book… or from a website!
Find yourself a group of real, live, non-internet mothers to learn from and to learn with. La Leche League is one of the easiest groups to find and one of the longest-running, though there are others.
And for a great way to jump start finding your own community, attend one or more days of the LLL of Florida and the Caribbean Islands Parenting Conference, October 10-12 in Cocoa Beach. You can hear talks by Dr. Newman and Kellymom (Kelly Bonyata) as well as other terrific speakers and meet several hundred other breastfeeding families. Be sure and check it out


Posted by: suncoastlll | July 27, 2012

Cafe La Leche

Café La Leche meetings are now open for new/prospective mothers AND fathers starting Monday evening August 6th from 7 to 8pm at Starbucks at Fruitville and Honore Roads.

The support of a baby’s father can help the breastfeeding relationship succeed. The father can head off discouragement, deflect negative comments from friends and relatives, help calm a fussy baby and bring the new mother food and drink while she is breastfeeding. Most importantly the baby’s father can remind the new mother that breastfeeding is one of the most important things she can do to get their baby off to a good start in life.
Especially in the first few weeks, when lack of sleep and hormonal changes can sometimes make new mothers waver in their determination to breastfeed, a father who suggests, “let’s try that one more time,” or who reminds his partner that, “they say babies space out their feedings after the three week growth spurt,” can be invaluable. A father who brings pillows for help in positioning a newborn or who brings a telephone so that the mother can call her local La Leche League Leader is truly helping to feed his child!

Sometimes a father can become discouraged if he feels that no one else he knows is breastfeeding or going through his family’s current parenting dilemma. Sometimes a prospective father has questions about breastfeeding and needs reassurance about how things will work out for his family. We look forward to answering these questions at our informal café-style La Leche League meetings which take place on the first Monday of the month from 7 to 8 pm at the Starbucks at Fruitville and Honore. Look for the Leader wearing a nametag or perhaps a table card that says La Leche League. We hope to see you soon!

Posted by: suncoastlll | July 18, 2012

The Big Latch On has a site in Sarasota!!

Suncoast La Leche League presents
The Big Latch On http://www.biglatchon.org/

On Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 4th 2012 at 10:30am in locations across the USA and beyond, nursing mothers will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously!

At each registered location, witnesses will count all the mamas and babes that are latched on for one minute at 10:30am.

***Our location will be announced as soon as we are able to confirm it!***

Please RSVP as soon as you can so we get an idea on how many nursing couples will participate!  RSVP at our facebook page Big Latch On Sarasota

Suncoast La Leche League presents
The Big Latch On http://www.biglatchon.org/

On Saturday 6th August 2011 at 10:30am in locations across the USA and beyond, nursing mothers will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously!

At each registered location, witnesses will count all the mamas and babes that are latched on for one minute at 10:30am.

And it just so happens that the Big Latch On happens the same day as Ready, Set, Grow! Family fair at the mall. So we are hoping for a great turn out and even a greater impact on our community!

Come out for a fun day at the mall and support breastfeeding mothers around the world by participating, voluntiering or donating to a great cause.

Please RSVP as soon as you can so we get an idea on how many nursing couples will participate!  RSVP at our facebook page Big Latch On Sarasota

Posted by: suncoastlll | June 27, 2011

Change in date due to 4th of July

Since the 4th of July falls on the first Monday of the month the evening meeting this month will be changed to the following Monday, July 11th at Starbucks at Fruitville and Honore.  A LLL Leader wearing a nametag will be available to answer your questions from 6:30 to 4:30 pm.  Drop in if you can.  We’ll be glad to see you.

Posted by: suncoastlll | May 1, 2011

Bradenton meeting May 2nd will be at Jessica’s home

Due to the closing of the LWR Good Earth Store, tomorrow’s meeting will be at Jessica’s.  If you need directions, please e-mail Jessica at jessica@sneeked.com

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude promptly at 8 pm.  The topic is Advantages of Breastfeeding.  Please come with your questions.  Watch the site for an announcement about the June meeting location.

Posted by: suncoastlll | April 1, 2011

New location for Bradenton evening LLL group begins in April

Meeting on the first Monday of April will be at the Good Earth Natural Food Store in Lakewood Ranch. The address is 8140 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202-5056. In the upstairs room.  6:30 t0 8 pm sharp.  Please be prompt.  Hope to see many new moms as word of this location spreads.

Posted by: suncoastlll | February 6, 2011

New location for Sarasota Daytime Meeting beginning in February

At 10 am on Thursday, February 10th, we will hold our first meeting at the Rosemary Birthing Home. Their address is 800 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236-4021.  From Highway 41, turn east on 1th St.  Take the 3rd right onto Central Ave. I believe the Rosemary Birthing Home is at the corner of Central and 8th Street. The meeting room is upstairs in the birthing center building.  You park off to the left of the courtyard, and enter the courtyard to get to the correct building.  We think it is white with purple trim and it has a Harmony Stone in front of it?This is the 2nd meeting in our series-” Baby Arrives – Adjusting to Life with your New Baby”. Hope to see you there.

Posted by: suncoastlll | June 11, 2009

Sarasota Daytime LLL Group met on June 11, 2009

The regular Sarasota LLL Daytime Group meeting was very well attended today with 11 moms attending, including two pregnant moms.  It was meeting number two in our series and the topic was Baby Arrives:  The Family and the Breastfed Baby. We discussed  the concept of the book What Mothers Do… Especially When It Looks Like Nothing At All by Naomi Stadlen. 

We challenged our group moms to think about the things they accomplish every day, and then to reframe them in different ways. For example, one mom said “wearing the baby in a sling or backpack.” We broke that down into bonding, increasing baby’s self-confidence, teaching a young  baby to regulate heartbeat and breathing, helping baby’s vision, protecting the baby from danger, etc.” Another mom said “feed the baby” and we broke that down into “providing optimal nutrition for baby’s developing body and brain, providing immunities to protect baby from disease, providing visual stimulus as baby looks into mother’s face and so on. By the end of the discussion we were all feeling pretty good about what we accomplish each day, even if we don’t always get the dishes done.

The second part of our discussion focused on what one piece of advice we wished someone had given us about the first two weeks after baby’s birth.  This generated lots of great suggestions for our two pregnant moms in attendance, such as room in with the baby in the hospital,  throw away the book Babywise if anyone gives it to you and just nurse the baby on demand, sleep whenever baby sleeps, let friends and relatives help with the housework and more. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at next month’s meeting.



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