I am very proud to announce that I am finally a La Leche League leader! I finished my preview yesterday and I signed my accreditation form this morning. I've been working on this for over a year now, so it's a big accomplishment.
I know, some of you are probably rolling your eyes, but hey, it's important to me so I want to write about it! I realize a lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about La Leche League and breastfeeding in general. So, here's a few facts. Did you know that LLL.....
*was founded by 7 women in 1956 who met at a church picnic and realized the need for support for women who breastfeed. (Breastfeeding rates were below 20% at that time).
*is recognized by the World Health Organization and UNICEF as the authority on breastfeeding.
*is accredited by the American Medical Association to provide continuing education credits to healthcare providers on the subject of breastfeeding.
*is supported by donation and except for the corporate offices is run entirely by volunteer moms just like me.
*is an international organization with groups in over 50 countries and in every state of the US.
Obviously I am a big fan of LLL or I wouldn't have become a leader. Attending meetings was a major contribuitor to my success in nursing both my kids, but especially Gracie because we had tons of problems at first. So, if you ever have any question at all about breastfeeding, I'm at your service with information on everything you wanted to know and more about breastfeeding!