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Media Release: Letter from US Pres. Bill Clinton on World Breastfeeding Week

For More Information Contact: LLLI PR Department

Dear Friend,

The following message from President Bill Clinton was received at La Leche League International on July 30, 1997. We wanted to share this greeting with you and ask you to share it with other breastfeeding supporters. Please take note of the additional information from the White House explaining how the message may be used. We join the President in extending warm wishes for successful World Breastfeeding Week.


Trisha Noack, Director of Public Relations, LLLI

Memo from the White House:

Please be aware that the White House has long-standing guidelines governing the use of Presidential messages. The enclosed message may be used only at the time for which it was requested and for the specific purpose for which it was sought. Under no circumstance is the message to be altered, used for recruiting, reproduced for fundraising solicitations or annual reports, represented as an endorsement, used for advertising, or used for any other purpose without the written consent of the White House.

The White House
July 30, 1997

Warm greetings to everyone observing World Breastfeeding Week, sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

This week offers us a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. Health care professionals agree that breastfeeding improves the health of both baby and mother, providing a natural defense against many illnesses and allergies for babies and lowering the risks of osteoporosis and some cancers for their mothers. Breastfeeding provides the most complete source of nutrition for infants, enhancing their growth and development. Most important, breastfeeding helps to deepen the special bond that links mother and child.

Increasing the number of women in the United States who breastfeed their children remains a priority as we work to create a healthier nation. By observing this special week, we are moving toward our goal of improving the health of all women and giving our children a better start in life.

Best wishes for a successful and informative week.

Bill Clinton

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