La Leche League began as a small support group near Chicago in 1956. Today the world’s leading mother-to-mother breastfeeding advocacy organization has a presence in over 70 countries with nearly 7,000 accredited volunteer counselors worldwide. La Leche League International’s mission is 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.