Individual La Leche League leaders are doing great work. However, this is no longer supported by the parent organization, which has turned its entire focus onto how to run itself rather than how to help mothers. It is wasting its time and resources, as well as that of its many volunteers. Until a few years ago, the vast majority of the organization's work went to helping mothers directly or indirectly. Even women who took on bureaucratically-defined roles almost always continued one-on-one help with breastfeeding mothers. Today, many women are sitting around discussing how to talk to other La Leche League leaders instead of how to help mothers. And quite a number of them haven't helped a mother themselves in a very long time. There are virtually *no* programs run by La Leche League International anymore; it has become an organization that sits around, doing nothing, and waiting for various parts of the organization to give it money. That money is used to send people on trips to talk to other leaders (*not* mothers) about how to run the organization. It's a vicious circle where the only people who win are those who get free trips to Europe. It's very sad.
It is too bad that this once great organization has been taken over by a BOD that mismanages the finances, no longer promotes the mission and mistreats the volunteers.
Run entirely by volunteers it supports moms and babies in breastfeeding. Most infants will receive ATLEAST one year of formula. That formula needes to be produced in a factory requiring the use of energy, and producing many polutants, and it also required that all components of the formula be shipped by truck/ship/freight to produce the formula it then requires a can, also made from products shipped to the factory and then transported all across the country, thus producing more pollution. The formula requires the use of bottles, routinley produced with PBEs, nipples made of rubber or siliocone and then the cans, bottles and nipples end up in a landfill. Breastmilk requires no production, no container, no electricity, no transportation and leaves nothing behind in our landfills. There is nothing to recycle, nothing to waste, no water to use adding to the formula or washing the bottles, NOTHING is left behind. LLLI's only mission is to support moms and babies to breastfeed. It is a company that is moving to ALL electronic methods of communication and is run nearly 100% by volunteers working from their home.