As an international organization, La Leche League standards for Leader accreditation are the same worldwide. All Leaders are expected to meet the prerequisites to applying for leadership and to value and role-model the organization’s philosophy in their own lives. La Leche League International is committed to serving everyone and seeks the equitable accreditation of a diverse body of Leaders.
Everyone in LLL brings their unique experience, warmth, empathy and other skills to their LLL work, whether they have had one baby or several.
There may be one or more areas where you feel you do not meet the prerequisites to applying for leadership. You are not alone! Many Leaders have had similar concerns. The important thing is to talk over your situation with your Group Leader.
- Mother has breastfed her baby for at least nine months when she applies for leadership.
- Her baby was nourished with mother’s milk until there was a nutritional need for other foods (i.e. about the middle of the first year for a healthy, full-term baby).
- If her baby has weaned, he or she was nursed for about a year and the transition from breastfeeding respected the baby’s needs.
Note: Special consideration may be given to a woman whose personal breastfeeding experience is outside the realm of a normal course of breastfeeding.
- Mother values nursing at the breast as the optimal way to nourish, nurture and comfort her baby.
- She recognises, understands and responds to her baby’s need for her presence as well as for her milk.
- She manages any separation from her baby with sensitivity and respect for the baby’s needs.
- Is a current member of LLL.
- Supports LLL purpose and philosophy.
- Has attended at least one series of meetings (where available) and has demonstrated a commitment to LLL.
- Owns and is familiar with the contents of the most recent edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, if available in her language, as a primary resource for LLL Leaders.
- Has a recommendation from an LLL Leader.
- Has sufficient command of language to complete the application and preparation for accreditation and to fulfil the responsibilities of LLL leadership.
- Has an accepting and respectful attitude toward others.
- Exhibits warmth and empathy towards others.
- Demonstrates or is willing to develop effective communication skills.