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Media Release: THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF LACTATION CONSULTANT EXAMINERS RECOGNIZES THE CRITICAL ROLE SERVED BY LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

Schaumburg, IL (September, 2002)--The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Board of Directors adopted a statement in support of the critical role served by La Leche League International (LLLI) and other mother-to-mother support groups in the support of mothers and babies in the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.

In a statement adopted in August 2002, the IBLCE Board of Directors said:

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners recognizes the critical role served by mother-to-mother support organizations such as La Leche League and the Australian Breastfeeding Association in support of mothers and babies in the initiation and duration of breastfeeding. These organizations also serve a vital role in providing the experiential base for developing the breastfeeding expertise of mother-to-mother support group leaders/counselors and lactation consultants. In addition, these organizations provide essential continuing education for leaders/counselors/lactation consultants and others, disseminating knowledge and information based upon empirical research and clinical experience.

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