Volume 3, Issue 1 - March 2009
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!
Sincerely,Holly & Amy
LLLI Meets Better Business Bureau Standards
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
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
A n 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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
Contact the Development Department at (847) 519-7730, ext. 240, or firstname.lastname@example.org.