Breastfeeding Support: A Winning Goal for Generations

with Guest Marian Tompson LISTEN NOW

Air Date: August 4, 2014

World Breastfeeding Week is the perfect time to celebrate mothers and breastfeeding, and the role of supportive resources in achieving breastfeeding goals! This year we tip our hats to La Leche League International, a longtime leader in mother-to-mother breastfeeding support—and Marian Tompson, one of the seven Chicago-area women who founded the pioneering breastfeeding group. La Leche League International celebrated its 50th anniversary a few years ago, and as an organization it continues going strong, working to support breastfeeding for generations of mothers! Join Marie and special guest Marian Tompson, a LLL founder and breastfeeding advocate, for a discussion of LLL and breastfeeding support through the ages–how it began, what it has done, and where it is going.

Guest Profile – Marian Tompson

Marian Tompson, one of the Founders of La Leche League International and served as its president for 24 years. She was the first editor of the LLL newsletter (now Breastfeeding Today) and started the library of breastfeeding research that became the Center for Breastfeeding Information. Marian also launched breastfeeding seminars for physicians (yearly 1973-2008) and founded AnotherLook, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to gathering information, raising questions, and stimulating research about breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS. Marian serves on the International Advisory Council for WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) and LLLI Board of Directors and is a popular speaker worldwide. Mothering magazine has named Marian its first Living Treasure, and the NY Society for Ethical Culture recognized her work with its Ethical Humanist Award (1999). Her memoir is Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life (Hale Publishing, 2011).
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