At LLL meetings we chat, share ideas, support and empower each other through friendship and amazing LLL information and books.
Who comes to LLL meetings?
Meetings are open to all expectant, new and experienced mums who are interested in learning more about mothering through breastfeeding.
Support people and partners also come along to many group’s meetings – contact your local group to find out what they offer.
LLL meetings are held in a wide range of venues – LLLGB is not affiliated to, and does not endorse or support, any business, organisation or religion who’s premises we use.
What happens at LLL meetings?
Meetings are led by an accredited LLL Leader (breastfeeding counsellor). There’ll be time at the start to get settled in and meet people. At the start of the discussion we’ll all go round and introduce ourselves and our little ones. There’s often a suggested topic, such as breastfeeding in the early days, introducing solids, or feeding an older baby, although it’s all quite informal and relaxed. People are invited to raise any questions or things they’d like to talk about relating to breastfeeding – however, there is no need to talk at all if you don’t want to, you can sit back, relax, mother your little one and simply listen to what’s being said. The mums present often describe their own experiences, and offer support to each other.
At LLL, your baby’s needs come first. Please feel free to feed your baby, rock your baby, change your baby, pop out for some fresh air, leave early, leave late, whatever your baby needs in that moment. Just please be mindful of the other mums who are listening, and treat their words in confidence.
Meetings are confidential and you may hear a whole range of ideas and experiences on breastfeeding. There is definitely not ‘one LLL way’ to breastfeed or mother your child. Please take what works for you from the suggestions and leave the rest behind. You can chat over anything that you hear in more detail with your Leader at any point.
There may be biscuits and healthy snacks available (people sometimes bring a contribution to this, but don’t have to). The group’s library of books and leaflets about breastfeeding and parenting may be on display for you to browse or borrow. Sometimes mums ask to speak to a Leader privately to get help with breastfeeding problems. Many mums bring toddlers along too – all children are always welcome although there may be less to interest older ones.
Do I need to be a member of LLL to come along?
You don’t have to be a member to come to LLL meetings but by becoming a member you’ll be supporting LLLGB and your local group, and enable us to support more breastfeeding mothers just like you.
Mums talk about LLL meetings
“I feel like I’ve come home when I go to LLL meetings.” – Sophie
“Before I went to LLL I wasn’t sure what to expect; I found knowledgeable supportive kindred spirits. I would not have survived early motherhood without LLL.” – Georgina
“A friend told me about LLL as I was having quite a few problems with early breastfeeding. I was able to get great support from both the Leader and the other mums there who had been through the same or similar. It showed me there was hope and a light at the end of the tunnel during a difficult time. I also really like the format to the meetings and as a first time mum I find the wealth of experience reassuring which is something you don’t get at other breastfeeding groups.” – Leonie
“I attended my first LLL meeting last week, when my son was just 9 days old. At this very delicate stage I was made to feel very welcome and free to open up about my thoughts and feelings, especially as breastfeeding hadn’t worked out for me first time round. I wish I’d found LLL then.“ – Lorna