La Leche League of Gainesville
Nursing Babies, Nurturing Families
About La Leche League
Our Mission is to help parents worldwide to breastfeed through parent-to-parent 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 parent.
At La Leche League of Gainesville, Florida, we hope to provide a nurturing community for new families as they navigate the beautiful, challenging journey of breastfeeding their young babies. If you are pregnant or nursing, we would love to meet you.
Ways to Connect
We meet twice a month, once in-person and once virtually. This is a great opportunity to bring up any issues you're facing related to breastfeeding and to get to know other moms in the community. Children always welcome and meetings are always free!
We have a very active private Facebook group for you to post about any breastfeeding challenges to get peer-to-peer advice. There is a wealth of knowledge being shared daily!
If you are struggling with nursing your baby and need to speak with someone right away who has experience and knowledge related to the many facets of breastfeeding, call or text (352) 507-5530. This support is always free!
Meet The Gainesville LLL Leaders
La Leche League Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. They are familiar with research and current findings dealing with all aspects of nursing and are trained to answer questions or concerns you may have about breastfeeding. Leaders are volunteers who are available for free telephone or e-mail counseling every day.
Gainesville Leaders: Justine, Patricia, Rachel, Tricia
Call or text: (352) 507-5530
Patricia speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
My mom was an active member of her La Leche League Group in Miami back in the early 80s so I like to say I grew up in LLL. I attended my first LLL meeting as a mother myself, when my son was 5 weeks old and I fell in love. Two years later I became a Leader. My husband and I now have two children - a 7 year old boy and 4 year old girl. I am a former Elementary School teacher turned stay at home mom. I am passionate about volunteering and helping others.
I’m a Brazilian medical doctor promoted to stay at home mom since I moved to US three years ago! I have two kids, a 5 year old Livia and a 2 year old Joaquim. Got to know LLL group with my second kid and went to a meet as a curiosity to understand how it worked, by the end I learned so many things with these incredible women, things that I was never introduced in my whole medical career! Fell in love and never stopped going after that! I’m very enthusiastic on promoting women health and can’t wait to be part of so many breastfeeding journeys out there!
I grew up in Jacksonville and moved to Gainesville to go to UF in 2002, then never left! I was an elementary school teacher for 10 years and now work for UF's College of Education. I'm married to my husband Ryan, and we have two little girls, Lucy who is 6 and Cora who is 4. They provided me with quite a range of breastfeeding experiences as Lucy was born full term and had no serious issues, while Cora was born at 34 weeks and was in the NICU for a little while. I am very excited to be able to help other mothers along their breastfeeding journeys!
LLL Leader, IBCLC
I have been a LLL leader for 13 years, mom to 4 amazing kids/adults ages 12,14,16 and 19. IBCLC for 8 years. Most recently moved from Boston MA, but grew up in southern Idaho. Married to my husband for 23 years. Started going to LLL when my oldest was 2 months and was hooked! Can’t wait to meet you all and bask in the LLL vibe!