LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL WORLD WALK FOR BREASTFEEDING HELD IN 16 COUNTRIES
SCHAUMBURG, IL (July 25, 1996) - Thousands of breastfeeding families, their supporters, and health care providers around the world will participate in the sixth annual La Leche League International World Walk for Breastfeeding, being held in 16 countries around the world.
World Walks will take place in Anaheim on August 3 in London, and on Long Island on August 4 as well as in other major cities including Okinawa, Chicago, Seoul, Perth and Jerusalem.
Most World Walks will be held during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, which was proclaimed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in conjunction with the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Walkers will raise funds to assist La Leche League International with breastfeeding education programs that will increase the incidence and duration of breastfeeding worldwide. In addition this event will make communities aware of the unique role of breastfeeding in improving world health and preserving the environment.
August 1, 1996 marks the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, which was developed and adopted by 32 governments and 10 United Nations agencies. La Leche League International is a nonprofit organization that offers breastfeeding education and encouragement through mother-to-mother support groups, telephone counseling and extensive interaction with physicians and health care providers. More than 200,000 people in 64 countries are assisted by La Leche League programs every month.
Those interested in participating in the World Walk for Breastfeeding or in sponsoring a walker may contact the La Leche League International office at (847) 519-7730 for information about activities in your area.