Sunday, December 28, 2008

History of La Leche League International

The NY Times Magazine published articles on many of the celebrities who died in 2008 last weekend. One of the pieces was on La Leche League International founder Edwina Froehlich, who passed away in June.

That's Ms. Froehlich on the far right. She was told when she had her first of three sons at age 36 that she was "too old" to breastfeed. She went on to nurse them all into toddlerhood. Ms. Froehlich left behind a legac y to be proud of: LLLI has a presence in 68 countries, "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" is considered a breastfeeding bible and has been translated into eight languages, as well as Braille, and 70% of women now initiate breastfeeding.

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