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How the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline in the US Benefits You!

Susan Prado
Lombard IL USA
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2008, p. 18

The La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpine in the US (877-4-LALECHE) is off and running with a bang. Since the start of the service in June 2007, we have answered over 15,000 calls! These calls come from all over the country. If you're a Leader in the US, you may be wondering, "How does this Helpline benefit me?"

  1. The Helpline is designed to be an initial point of contact with one main number for mothers to call to find their local Leader and get their immediate questions answered.
  2. Some mothers have a question that they don't want to ask someone locally.
  3. Leaders in the US are welcome to list the Helpline number on their answering machines to allow mothers to have a number that they can call immediately if a local Leader is not available.
  4. The Helpline is ready to take calls 24 hours a day. Put the Helpline literature in new mother packets and let mothers know that LLL is available for them anytime. Helpline promotional materials are available for purchase at www.cafepress.com/lllbhus, and fliers are available to download and print at www.lllusa.org/helpline.

The Helpline benefits US Leaders and communities in many more ways than the few listed above. As an LLL community, we need to take responsibility for this new service. With support from Leaders in the US, the Helpline will continue to function.

What does the Helpline need?

The Helpline needs to be funded. This is becoming a pressing, ongoing need. We have operating costs of about $5,000 per month. Please consider making a donation directly to the Helpline. You can make an online donation at www.donate2LLL.org/helpline, or send a check to: La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline c/o Carroll Beckham, 2101 Woods End Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28312.

We are still seeking Leaders to take calls and return voicemail messages. If you can help with this, please contact Laura at LLGWright at aol dot com or call her at 601-566-0201 for more information.

Do you have questions, thoughts, or comments about the Helpline in the USA? Do you want to know more about this project? Contact Susan at sueprado at gmail dot com or 630-620-0458, or Sarah at skminer at gmail dot com or 503-746-7584. Thank you for supporting the Helpline in the USA!

Helplines and Web Sites Across the World

Breastfeeding information and help is available to mothers everywhere through telephone and/or online. See the following for more information, or go to www.llli.org and select a country to view the contact options for various regions.

La Leche League Canada
800-665-4324
www.lalecheleaguecanada.ca

La Leche Liga Deutschland
www.lalecheliga.de

La Leche League Great Britain
0845-120-2918
www.laleche.org.uk

La Leche League in the USA
877-452-5324
www.lllusa.org

La Leche League New Zealand
www.lalecheleague.org.nz

La Leche League Switzerland
www.stillberatung.ch

Ligue La Leche (French Speaking Canada)
866-255-248
www.allaitement.ca

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