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LLLI presents statements to WHO and UNICEF.

The World Health Organization recently admitted La Leche League International into official relations as a nongovernmeotal organization, formalizing a working relationship of several years.

As a new NGO in official relations, LLLI delivered its maiden statement to WHO at the 46th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 7, 1993. Several other representatives of WHO Member States in attendance echoed LLI's statements with strong endorsements of breastfeeding.

Much of the World Health Assembly agenda focused on issues discussed at the International Conference on Nutrition held in December, 1992, in Rome. The Plan of Action adopted at the conference includes enabling women to breastfeed "... exclusively for the first four to six months, and while giving appropriate supplementary food, to continue breastfeeding for up to two years or more."

La Leche League International also recently submitted its official 1993 Statement to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fuod. LLLI recommended that UNICEF promote breastfeeding mother-to-mother support on all fronts, from national breastfeeding commissions to health care systems. LLLI has worked in a consultative role with UNICEF since 1981.

"We encourage UNICEF to facilitate the means whereby mother-to-mother support organizations can meet, network and be strengthened by sharing experiences," said Rebecca Magalhaes, manager of LLI's Department of International Action and Development. Mother-to-mother support increases the rates of exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding duration.

La Leche League International was fouoded on the concept of mother-to-mother support in 1956 and now has more than 3,000 support groups arouod the world and reaches more than 100,000 women each month. LLLI maintains a toll-free breastfeeding help line (1-800-LA LECHE), and many local groups also maintain help lines.
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Title Annotation:La Leche League International, World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund
Publication:Special Delivery
Date:Sep 22, 1993
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