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La Leche League

  • By: Sonja Boon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

La Leche League is an internationally recognized breastfeeding support organization founded in 1956 by a group of seven Catholic women from Chicago: Mary Ann Cahill, Betty Wagner, Mary Ann Kerwin, Mary White, Marian Tompson, Edwina Froelich, and Viola Lennon. Central to the organization's philosophy is the motto of good mothering through breastfeeding, a goal the organization promotes not only through monthly gatherings and other events, but also through its signature publication, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

The organization boasts chapters in over 60 countries, and its publications are now available in numerous languages. Mother-to-mother transmission of knowledge is key to understanding the League's philosophy and approach, though the organization has become increasingly integrated with established medical bodies such as the American Medical Association and the World ...

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