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World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August 2020

Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet!

Breastfeeding is the prime example of the deep connections between human health and nature's ecosystems. Breastmilk is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe and green because it is produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packaging, or waste.
Learn more about this year's theme, find the action kit, and more at https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/. 
La Leche League International partners with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) which annually organizes World Breastfeeding Week.
Check out our membership special for August!

Black Lives Matter: "A Lived Experience"

The La Leche League International Board of Directors and Executive Director have issued the following statement.

La Leche League International (LLLI) mourns the devastating deaths that result from racism across the world and the lived experience of systematic racism. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery in the USA, Kumanjayi Walker in Australia, Mido Macia in South Africa, Belly Mujina in the UK and so many others before them are a haunting reminder of the prejudice and discrimination that remain deeply entrenched in so many parts of our world today.

Racism is a public health crisis.

Recognizing the structural forces that perpetuate racism and race-based disparities in health care, specifically as they relate to maternal and infant health, La Leche League (LLL) volunteer breastfeeding counselors are working around the world to improve positive health outcomes for those with a lived experience of oppression and injustice.

LLLI is committed to the uncomfortable and long term work of dismantling structural racism by recognizing and addressing historical and current racism within La Leche League. We stand accountable for the pain that has occurred as a result of racism in our organization. We call on our partner organizations to join our thousands of volunteers in offering skilled breastfeeding support to families everywhere who do not have the privilege of looking away from the fear, the trauma, and the grief.

We stand in solidarity with all organizations working to end oppression and racism.

The LLLI Board is committed to equity and diversity training.
In addition to its Inclusivity Statement, the LLLI Board is working to implement an Equity and Inclusion policy and procedures.
LLLI supports our entities and Leaders to continue to draw attention to ways to eliminate racial disparities.
LLLI has co-signed the International Lactation Consultant Association’s (ILCA) Statement in Support of Black Families in the United States.
You can read it here: https://lactationmatters.org/2020/06/02/ilca-statement-in-support-of-bla...

The statement is also available on our website https://www.llli.org/black-lives-matter-a-lived-experience/

#BlackLivesMatter

La Leche League Resources in Relation to Breastfeeding and Coronavirus

La Leche League International
https://www.llli.org/coronavirus-resources/
"La Leche League International (LLLI) respects the efforts of international health and medical organizations and associations to maintain up-to-date information and recommendations as understanding of the virus is developed. LLLI will continue to track the development of the current global health crisis."

La Leche League Canada COVID-19 Resources
https://www.lllc.ca/covid-19-resources

La Leche League Great Britain
https://www.laleche.org.uk/

La Leche League USA FAQ
"There continue to be questions related to breastfeeding and COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). LLL USA has created a list of resources and common questions that you may find helpful."
https://lllusa.org/coronavirus-and-breastfeeding/

Other Resources

US Breastfeeding Committee
An extensive list of resources
http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/p/cm/ld/fid=33

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
"Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019"
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnan...

World Health Organization (WHO)
Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question...

New Deadline for Mini-Grants

Friends of La Leche League Mini-Grants: Due September 1, 2020

Good news! If you’ve been busy and haven’t started a special breastfeeding project or completed your mini-grant application, we understand. We live in challenging times! The Friends of La Leche League is extending the deadline for application. Mini-grants of up to $2500 are available for projects which support the mission of La Leche League.

The new deadline will be September 1, 2020. This will give you time to redesign or design new projects for helping breastfeeding families.. Projects need to be completed within nine months of the award.

Applicants may be La Leche League Leaders, Area Councils, or other breastfeeding supporters who support the La Leche League mission.

These times may inspire new vision for using social media, publications, local communication (such as setting up Group phone lines or Zoom meetings), equity and diversity projects, and/or parent or healthcare professional education. Check the mini-grant guidelines for more project ideas.

Please pass on this info to anyone you think might be interested!

Friends of La Leche League Mini-Grant Team:
Cathy Baldizon, Paula Clay, Lupe Forsang, and Linda Parry.

Through these turbulent times, Friends of La Leche League remains true to our mission:
to support La Leche League as a resource and inspiration for future generations, encourage lifelong connections with the LLL community, and share the insights and wisdom that began with the breastfeeding relationship.

APPLICATION IS ON THE HOME PAGE.