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Volume 2, Issue 2 - August 2008

Your support of La Leche League International has helped further our mission to help mothers and babies. Read on to find out about our new Development Director, Holly Stevens, and our progress in translating LLLI materials into many languages. We hope you enjoy these articles in addition to others in this edition of Donor News. If there are topics you'd like to know more about, we'd like to hear from you. Our contact information is listed at the end of this newsletter.
Holly, Amy, and Pam

Recent Funding Opportunities
Japanese Weekend Maternity Supports World Breastfeeding Week

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week during the month of August, Japanese Weekend Maternity will donate a portion of sales of selected nursing merchandise to La Leche League International. Japanese Weekend Maternity designs and carries contemporary, functional, and comfortable maternity and nursing wear. Japanese Weekend, made in the USA, supporting mothers-to-be since 1982. For details visit

Isdell Family Foundation Grant

A generous grant made by the Isdell Family Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, USA has been awarded to La Leche League International (LLLI) to support the New Mother Packets initiative. This project aims to provide hospitals and physicians' offices with packets of LLLI materials to support new mothers.

Holly Stevens in front of the LLLI Giving Tree

New LLLI Development Director

We are pleased to welcome Holly Stevens, our new Development Director. Holly has a B.A. Degree in Arts Management with a minor in Business Administration, and has over 20 years of experience in development work for nonprofit organizations. Highlights of her work include: implementing a nationally recognized fundraising model for Canine Companions for Independence's Southeast Region in Orlando, Florida, USA that resulted in significant increase in revenue; transforming a Carnegie Library building in Lafayette, Indiana, USA into an active community cultural center;and restructuring and adding cultural and educational programs for the Largo Cultural Center in Largo, Florida USA, resulting in increased revenue.

In addition, she served as an arts consultant to performing arts centers in Australia, including the internationally known Sydney Opera House. Holly will be working full-time at the LLLI office in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA. Holly was recently married and she and her husband, Malcolm S. Brown, live in Evanston with their dog, Riley.

LLLI Materials Translated Into Many Languages

A lot of progress has been made in translating La Leche League International (LLLI) materials on breastfeeding from English into other languages. Many of the translations are done by volunteer Leaders around the world so that LLLI materials continue to be available to mothers and health care providers in their native languages.

Funding support is primarily needed for printing and shipping these materials to mothers who do not have access to the Internet. For those interested in supporting our translation work, please visit to make a general donation.

Spanish is the language most frequently requested for translations. Maria del Mar Mazza, LLLI Liason for the Hispanic community, has facilitated translations from English into Spanish for many publications and materials. These resources are either in print or posted on the LLLI Web site.

Materials posted on the Web site are helpful to both Spanish-speaking mothers and the health care professionals who work with the Hispanic population. Many Leaders in Latin America also work with Maria on these activities.

  • The tear-off sheet on Storing Human Milk, which was revised in June 2008, has been translated into Spanish. Conservación de la leche humana includes evidence-based research and helpful guidelines pertinent to human milk storage.

  • Guía de lactancia: Consejos y productos, the Spanish translation of the LLLI information guide Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products, provides answers to pregnant and new moms’ frequently asked questions. A product listing is also included. This is available on the LLLI Web site. Funding for the printing and distribution of a Spanish information guide is needed.

  • Four articles about breastfeeding during pregnancy and re-lactation from New Beginnings, the only magazine dedicated to breastfeeding and related topics, have recently been uploaded to the LLLI Web site.

  • Selected articles regarding the 2008 World Breastfeeding Week theme, Mother Support: Going for the Gold, are now available in Spanish on the LLLI Web site.

Hirkani’s Daughters has been translated into Las Hijas de Hirkani and posted as a PDF on the LLLI Web site. The 300-page book is a compilation of inspirational tales from women around the world, telling their stories of how they overcame various obstacles to continue breastfeeding. Each woman shares how she evaluated her options, and took the path that worked best for her family. Maria del Mar Mazza is seeking funding for the printing of 300 books for distribution in the Spanish-speaking community.

Russian – Natalie Wilson, LLL Leader who coordinates Russian translations, recently posted five articles on the LLLI Web site, and distributed these to Russian doctors and mothers. These translations include articles from both Leaven and New Beginnings, as well as information about La Leche League.

Chinese, Arabic, and Mongolian – Areas in Asia and the Middle East hope to upload to the LLLI Web site digital versions of the various completed translations of tear-off sheets and pamphlets. This has already been done with some Chinese translations. LLL Leaders are currently in the process of translating additional LLLI publications into three Chinese dialects (Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing), as well as Arabic and Mongolian.

Greek – Several publications have been translated into Greek and are readily available for mothers to access on the LLLI Web site.

Requests for Translations

Arabic – There are numerous requests for LLLI materials in Arabic, mainly for Arab immigrant populations. Arabic is one of six official languages in the United Nations, spoken by 250,000,000 people worldwide. The priority for Arabic translations is tear-off sheets, which cover a broad range of topics in a concise format, and can be translated quickly with minimal expense.

Afrikáans – In South Africa, translations of LLLI materials into Afrikáans are underway.

Hats off to Tania, LLL Leader in Bulgaria

Tania Ruseva of Bulgaria is one of thousands of LLL Leaders worldwide who is a shining example of multi-tasking. Her great work includes leading two LLL Groups, working with six Leader Applicants, translating LLLI materials into Bulgarian, and raising five-year-old Maya with her husband, Borislav.

From information Tania has gathered, it is apparent that mothers in Bulgaria desperately need more resources available in their native language. Such materials are an essential part of ensuring that the 95% of Bulgarian mothers who initiate breastfeeding continue past the early months. Tania has translated two LLLI brochures, one about the early days of breastfeeding and the other about breastfeeding and employment, and was able to find graphic designers to donate their time to work on these projects.

Tania is just one example of the many Leaders worldwide who need funding for translations, one of the core projects in the Strategic Plan for La Leche League International.
Other News

New Breastfeeding Guide

The Publications Department is pleased to announce its second edition of Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products. This informational piece features answers to frequently asked breastfeeding questions. The new milk storage guidelines, breastfeeding and employment, and nursing in public are among some of the topics addressed. A listing of helpful books and products is also included.

Copies of this booklet are available for free (plus the cost of shipping) through the LLLI Web site. These are distributed at various conferences, exhibits, clinics, and hospitals. Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products will also be a part of the New Mother Packet initiative.

Celebrating the Life of Edwina Froehlich, LLLI Co-Founder

La Leche League International lost one of its Founders, Edwina Froehlich, on June 8, 2008. Over 300 people gathered on July 12 at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman. Edwina helped advance breastfeeding around the world since the start of La Leche League in 1956. She was always vibrant with an optimistic spirit and openness to new ideas, and she had a love of learning and a desire to make other’s lives better. The memorial celebration reflected Edwina’s personality through photos, conversations, and tributes by her family and friends.

The Froehlich family asks that donations be made to La Leche League International to continue the wonderful work that Edwina began over 50 years ago. Memorial gifts should be sent to LLLI, Edwina Froehlich Memorial Fund, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA or by visiting

La Leche League International
957 N. Plum Grove Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our mission. If you have questions about the material presented in this newsletter or any other questions for the Development Department, please don't hesitate to contact us. We value your input and involvement in the LLLI community!

Holly Stevens
Development Director
(847) 519-7730, ext. 201
Amy Barker
Development Associate
(847) 519-7730, ext. 240
Pam Oselka
Major Gifts Officer
(847) 519-7730, ext. 257 reaches all three of us if you're not sure whom to contact.

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