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World Breastfeeding Week Celebration Winners

Pam Dunne
From New Beginnings, Vol. 31 No. 2, 2010, p. 29

Over 10,500 people participated in events across the USA for World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations in 2009, raising almost $52,000. The fundraising efforts will be used to continue to help mothers and babies to know the joys and benefits of breastfeeding.

See the box for the list of prize sponsors. This year's first prize winner was Susan Vicknair Theall. She raised over $2000 for La Leche League of Jefferson, Louisiana.

LLL of Jefferson held a Baby & Child Expo at a local mall. They were allowed to use the mall and 45 tables for free. Local businesses paid to reserve tables, volunteers gave half-hour talks, teens provided children's crafts, and snacks and drinks were donated by a health food store. A bag of samples was given to every family who signed in. Items were listed in the program for an eBay auction.

Leader Susan Vicknair Theall commented: "Several of the tables are reserved for our breastfeeding information displays and we hang large breastfeeding posters on the columns around our area. One of our tables has information for parents to take home and we also provide all of the medical professionals with gift bags of free tear-off sheet pads. Our meeting information is also in the program. This is a wonderful way to educate our community about our organization and the resources available to pregnant women and nursing mothers."

Individual prizes were awarded to 41 people, who raised between $250 and $1999 during their WBWC events. 21 Groups received a total of $2,702.62 in Group rebates. (Rebates were awarded to the Groups who raised over $750.36.) Groups were awarded participation incentive prizes.

To view the entire list of winners, go to and click on Reports.


PLATINUM Dual Elite LEVEL ($5,000+)
ERGO Baby Carrier, Inc.
Mothering magazine
Motherlove Herbal Company

GOLD LEVEL ($1500)
Ameda Breastfeeding Products

Sleepy Wrap, Inc.

Mother's Milk Tea by Traditional Medicinals

Breast Pumps Direct
Mama Knows Breast
Platypus Media
Science Naturally!

BRONZE LEVEL (Cottage Industry)
Blessed Nest
Cozy Cocoon
Over the Shoulder Baby Holder
Umbilical Card

A Very Special Thank You to the 2009 WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK CELEBRATIONS DONORS!!! Your support means so much to mothers and babies in the USA.

$500 Donors
Gina Ciagne, Lansinoh Laboratories

$300 Donor
Uncle Ray's Dairyland & Mini Golf

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