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Volume 3, Issue 1 - March 2009
Dear Friends,

As we begin a new year, La Leche League International (LLLI) is excited to share progress on mission-based projects thanks to the support of many of you who contributed to our year-end matching gift campaign. La Leche League Leaders are currently working with a professional film producer on the initial phase of a breastfeeding video.

In addition, LLLI has identified a new publisher to publish LLLI books including the new edition of the cornerstone book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Details on other exciting projects are included in this newsletter.

During this difficult economic time, your generosity enables La Leche League International to provide breastfeeding information and support to many families worldwide. We look forward to sharing with you throughout the year how your donation is making a difference in the lives of mothers and babies!
Holly & Amy
LLLI Meets Better Business Bureau Standards
La Leche League International is pleased to announce that it has met the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB is an unbiased organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound financial giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. As voluntary standards, they also go beyond the requirements of local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

This accreditation demonstrates the continued commitment of La Leche League International to strengthen our position as a viable charitable organization.

Informational Packets Continue to Help New Moms
LLLI is moving right along with the distribution of New Mother Packets. To date La Leche League International has shipped 6,840 packets to 23 hospitals and other facilities in the United States! It is our hope that through partnerships with “Baby-Friendly” hospitals LLLI will become the recommended source for breastfeeding information and support.

Because of a generous grant from the Isdell Family Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, an initial shipment of 5,000 packets was sent to US hospitals. After the success of our year-end matching gift campaign, LLLI is moving forward with another 5,000 packets to benefit moms and babies.

Research of the global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative shows that more than 20,000 of these facilities exist in 152 countries around the world. The LLLI office is in the process of identifying global contacts to help outline ideal pieces for inclusion in packets targeting specific cultures. Staff is also working toward identifying appropriate facilities as well as funding sources to make this global project possible.

To read more about the LLLI New Mother Packet project and other potential projects for 2009, click here.

Honor Women Who Have Made a Difference In Your Life
During the months of April and May LLLI invites you to honor women who have made a difference in your life through participation in our Women Making a Difference campaign. Honorees will receive our custom card and/or lapel pin (as shown on left).

Your contribution will support globally-based projects such as scholarships for women who wish to become La Leche League Leaders and educational videos that highlight breastfeeding in special situations (e.g, breastfeeding special needs children, twins, or breastfeeding in the workplace).

Please keep an eye out for forthcoming details of this campaign ( and start thinking of the special women you want to honor!

LLLI Board of Directors Meeting
The LLLI Board of Directors met February 26-28, 2009 to elect new officers, approve the 2009-2010 budget, and adopt policies—some recommended by the auditors of LLLI—that promote best business practices.

New officers for the 2009-2010 fiscal year:
Co-Chairmen: Rosemary Gordon, Taupo, New Zealand
Shirley Phillips, Winnipeg, Canada
1st Vice Chairman: Diana Lewis, Leakey, Texas, USA
2nd Vice Chairman: Lavinia Belli, Hovik, Norway
Treasurer: Mario Barbiere, Westfield, New Jersey, USA
Secretary: Cindy Garrison, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Member at Large: Ellen Shein, Tel Aviv, Israel

For additional actions from this meeting, please contact the Development Department using the information at the end of this newsletter.

C r e a t i v e W a y s t o S u p p o r t L a L e c h e L e a g u e I n t e r n a t i o n a l

“Jeans Day” Fundraiser Benefits LLLI
It is not uncommon for companies to have casual dress days. However, some companies - like Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP - are turning routine practice into an opportunity for supporting charitable organizations. For a small donation, employees can wear jeans to work on designated “Jeans Days.” In January 2009, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP raised $360 (US) for La Leche League International.

Founded in 1906, Sonnenschein is a leader in innovative legal services, serving clients through integrated, inter-office cooperation and teamwork among practice groups to provide efficient and timely legal services and business counseling.

Jeans Day is fun and also a great way to help out charitable organizations like La Leche League International! Make a small donation, wear jeans to work, and feel good in your comfy clothes - knowing that you're helping out a great cause. Workplace philanthropy: it's in your jeans!

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U p d a t e f r o m t h e L L L I P u b l i c a t i o n s D e p a r t m e n t

The LLLI Publications Department has recently updated LLLI Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products. This free resource provides answers to frequently asked breastfeeding questions as well as a section with helpful books and products. In addition to being included with all orders and New Mother Packets, this publication is available for the cost of shipping to distribute at LLL Group meetings, baby fairs, doctor's offices, and WIC clinics.

LLLI Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products, tear-off sheets, and many other products can be ordered from the LLLI Online Store.

The Publications Department has also been collaborating with the Education Department as well as accredited volunteer Leaders on new informational sheets for moms.

New Tear-off Sheets

The Breastfeeding Tips / Claves de la lactancia tear-off sheet (on left) lists the basics of breastfeeding in a clear, easy to read format. One side is in English and one side is in Spanish.

Are your nipples sore? (see right) includes helpful tips for moms who experience sore nipples during the early weeks of breastfeeding. It also gives detailed information on positioning and latch, causes of sore nipples, and treatment.

H i g h l i g h t s f r o m A r o u n d t h e W o r l d

La Leche League Leaders find many ways to fulfill the LLLI mission in their communities, making a difference one mother and baby at a time. LLLI is grateful to all Leaders for their time and efforts!

Florida, USA: United Way Welcome Baby Kits Include LLLI Breastfeeding Guide
Success By 6 is a United Way initiative seeking to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood development and provide access to services and resources to new and expecting parents. The Welcome Baby Kit is a collaborative project conceived and executed by an expert committee of representatives from various community agencies in Alachua County, Florida, USA.

Debbie O'Donnell, an LLL Leader for seven years, is the coordinator of this initiative. Committee members feel breastfeeding is an important factor in childhood development and thus the inclusion of this information is vital! LLLI contributed 2,700 of our Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products to this important initiative.

To date, many low-income families have been recipients of these kits. The kits—distributed at birth agencies during the immediate post-partum period—include the following materials:
  • Breastfeeding information;
  • A guide of local resources for new parents and families;
  • Information on infant health and development;
  • Information on effective parenting techniques;
  • Information on the importance of early exposure to language, books, and libraries for future school readiness;
  • Two children's board books.
“Thanks to LLLI, new moms in our community are getting wonderful breastfeeding information.... Thank you for your help!”
- Debbie O'Donnell, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Congress of Argentina Approves Important Breastfeeding Law
On December 4, 2008 the Congress of Argentina in Buenos Aires approved a law that requires all public offices to provide a special pumping room for breastfeeding mothers.

Monica Tesone, a Leader of LLL Argentina for over 20 years and Division Professional Liaison Administrator for the International Division had a crucial role in the passing of this law. Monica works part-time as advisor to Congresswoman Victoria Morales Gorleri, who proposed the law drafted by Monica.

Congratulations to Monica and all the Leaders of LLL Argentina on their hard work and great ideas!
Excerpt from report submitted by Waleska Porras, Spanish Publications Coordinator

Mrs. Texas International Contestant Promotes Breastfeeding for Campaign Platform
Earlier this year, Leigh Blankenburg of Lexington, Texas, USA received the distinction of Mrs. Lee County International 2009, which allowed her to compete in the Mrs. Texas International pageant on March 22, 2009. Leigh, an LLL Member and breastfeeding advocate, chose to promote Breastfeeding Education & Awareness in her campaign speaking engagements. Upon learning of her campaign, La Leche League International provided Leigh with numerous materials to distribute, including tear-off sheets and catalogs, LLLI bags, and issues of a recent New Beginnings magazine.

Leigh practiced exclusive breastfeeding with her son, Briscoe, for the first six months and has continued this relationship to date. She also has aims to become a La Leche League Leader in Lee County, Texas. She lives in Lexington, Texas with her husband, Charles “Ace” Blankenburg.
Leigh is a shining example in the breastfeeding community for all of her hard work as a breastfeeding advocate. Thank you, Leigh! We are grateful you're a part of La Leche League and are excited about the many moms and babies you'll help in the future!

The following highlights from La Leche League Asia & The Middle East are excerpts of some articles from a recent issueof the La Leche League Asia newsletter, Close to the Heart. To read past issues of this publication click here and to read more from the current issue please contact the LLLI Development Department.

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces
Sarah O'Connor, mother of two boys, is a teacher of Special Educational Needs at the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. When she returned to work post-partum, she was determined to continue breastfeeding. Working together with her employer, she formulated a breastfeeding policy that is in effect today.

Kylie Horsfall of La Leche League Shanghai shared how her fellow co-worker parents advocated for, implemented, and fully funded a “Baby Room.” This room is staffed with nannies both hired and paid for by the parents. This set up affords mothers the opportunity to spend more time with their babies. At the same time, employers have staff members who are more focused on their work, knowing that their babies are safe and happy just down the hall.

Kylie's daughter enjoying the baby room in photo on left

Study from United Kingdom Shows Lungs Boosted by Breastfeeding

Maggie Holmes, Leader for La Leche League Hong Kong, compiled information from a study contributing to the evidence that breastfeeding has “long-lasting benefits” for children. This study of 1,456 babies from the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom followed them from birth through their 10th year. The results indicate that children who were breastfed for at least four months had better lung function compared to similar groups of children who had not been breastfed at all or who were breastfed for less than four months.

LLL Asia and Middle East Host First Conference
La Leche League Asia and Middle East recently presented its first conference in Hong Kong on February 5-6, 2009. The conference offered participants the opportunity to learn from expert professionals about several topics, including breastfeeding, childbirth, parenting, healthy eating, and child development.

Thank you 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 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

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