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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Check back in September for more details about ongoing meetings.

We will begin meeting on Monday, January 15th at Lucky’s Market at Westfield Siesta Key Mall.  The address is 3501 South Tamiami Trail but the easiest way to get to the market is by turning on Siesta Drive just at the north corner of the mall and proceeding down the street to Lucky’s.  We will meet in the Community Room at the right rear corner of the store.  Moms and children welcome.  Please help us spread the word. Hope to see everyone there!  There will be refreshments!

Lucky’s Market

Moms who attend support group meetings have been found to be more confident and more successful at breastfeeding.  Ideally a mother will start attending when pregnant. At Group meetings La Leche League Leaders and other mothers share experiences, give suggestions and offer support and encouragement. LLL meetings are ideal for learning from and making friends with other mothers. These meetings provide time for mother-to-mother sharing in a friendly and accepting atmosphere. The informal meetings are attended by expectant, new and experienced mothers and their babies. Most Groups rotate through a series of breastfeeding topics, however every meeting is different and the questions of the attendees are always given top priority.

Posted by: suncoastlll | November 19, 2017

November 20th Daytime Meeting is cancelled.

We are sorry to have to cancel tomorrow’s daytime meeting at Rosemary.  Stay tuned for details about future meetings.


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 | 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.