Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Giving Tuesday

on December 1, 2014

We have two days that are good for the economy.  Now we have a day that is good for the community too:  Giving Tuesday is a movement to celebrate giving and to give back.  It is held on the first Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  This year the date is December 2.

Here at La Leche League Canada, late fall is our traditional time to ask for your support of breastfeeding families.  This year, we are kicking off our appeal campaign with our Giving Tuesday event (click here).  To help make Giving Tuesday extra special we have designated it as LLLC Honour Day — the time to honour someone significant in your life.   Please participate by making a donation in honour of a friend, mentor, family member or someone else who made a difference to you and your family.  If a tribute donation is not for you, please make a contribution during Giving Tuesday.  It is entirely your choice to participate in a way that works best for you. When you donate monthly, you provide us with a stable base of funding that allows us to plan our program delivery more effectively.

 

Why donate to La Leche League Canada?

Research continues to show the incredible health benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. We already know that breastfed babies experience a lower number of illnesses including reduced incidence of ear infections, pneumonia and meningitis. These benefits continue as breastfed babies are less likely to be obese or overweight as children or teens. In addition, research has proven that mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis later in life.

The benefits are obvious and yet, while close to 9 out of 10 mothers in Canada start out breastfeeding their babies, many end up weaning earlier than they would like. In fact, only 1 in 4 mothers breastfeed exclusively for the 6 months recommended by health care organizations.

I was a first-time mom in February and was having problems with breastfeeding. I emailed the LLLC website and received an email from Lisa, a leader in Toronto. She took the time to speak with me on the phone, provide valuable email links, and compassionate and helpful advice that I did not receive from a lactation consultant at the hospital where my daughter was born. That particular consultant made me cry so much and her words hurt because she blamed me for having low output during pumping sessions (my daughter had problems latching and it was later diagnosed that she had a tongue tie). Lisa’s dedication to helping new mothers is phenomenal and I am forever grateful to Lisa and her kindness and helpfulness towards someone she didn’t know and hadn’t met before. Keep up the great work Lisa and all other LLLC leaders!  I went to a LLLC meeting for the first time last month and met Catherine who affirmed that despite my difficulties and having to use a lactation aid, that I am also a breastfeeding mother. Thank you, La Leche League Canada for providing invaluable support for mothers like me.” —Grateful mother, Sheila

La Leche League group meeting

La Leche League group meeting

 

For over 50 years, La Leche League Canada’s volunteer Leaders have been providing mother-to- mother breastfeeding support and helping mothers connect with others who share their breastfeeding goals. Today, our programs and services reach over 100,000 pregnant women and new mothers like Sheila each year.

LLLC has a diverse portfolio of services to help breastfeeding families succeed:

  • Approximately 400 volunteer Leaders and 165 local groups across Canada
  • Easy access to evidence based online information thanks to our national website, Facebook page or topic specific blogs
  • Toll free National Breastfeeding Helpline
  • Health Professional Seminars and outreach services dedicated to providing ongoing
  • breastfeeding education to over 8,000 health professionals annually
  • Ongoing program innovations such as Best for Babies and pre-natal courses
  • Informative newsletters distributed to over 10,000 readers each year

Your support is needed to maintain these services and expand our reach to new breastfeeding families. For a national organization serving communities across the country, La Leche League Canada operates on a very modest budget. In response to new federal regulations governing non-profits, we revised our membership system. The change supports our desire to ensure quality, evidence-based information is available to all breastfeeding families. Now more information is accessible to everyone but that decision has had financial implications. As a result, we need to raise at least $20,000 to maintain our existing level of service. Your donation will be critical in helping us to continue to provide and grow our important mother-to mother services.

Mother and Leader

 

I have been financially supporting the organization again, as I believe this is how to help new mothers get the support they need to give their babies the best start. It’s my way to give back for the mother-to-mother support I received when I was a new and inexperienced mom.” — Mother, grandmother and former Leader Jo Anne.

As Jo Anne says, there is nothing more important in life than giving a child the best start. With your help, La Leche League Canada can continue to offer breastfeeding support to families across the country. Please take a moment to consider making a donation online at www.LLLC.ca. Whether you choose to make a single or monthly donation, your support is essential to the families we serve and we thank you.

Help us by spreading the word about Giving Tuesday through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – use Giving Tuesday to help La Leche League Canada’s campaign get off to a great start!

Donate to La Leche League Canada https://www.lllc.ca/donate

Donate to La Leche League Canada https://www.lllc.ca/donate

 

If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group or Internationally http://www.llli.org/

 

 

 

 

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