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SURGEON GENERAL TO ADDRESS LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Contact: Kimberly Cavaliero, (847) 519-7730, ext. 233, Mary Lofton, ext. 271 or Mary Hurt, ext. 286 Between July 7-11, 2001 please call Hilton Chicago, (312) 922-4400 and ask for the Joliet Room

Chicago, IL (June, 2001)-Dr. David Satcher, Surgeon General of the United States and Assistant Secretary for Health will address La Leche League International's 17th Breastfeeding Conference Monday July 9, 2001 at 12:30 PM at the Hilton Chicago.

Dr. Satcher will speak on the health benefits associated with breastfeeding and the importance of breastfeeding for minority populations. Dr. Satcher initiated the U.S. Health and Human Services Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, the first comprehensive framework to increase breastfeeding rates and to promote optimal breastfeeding practices. Dr. Satcher states, " Low breastfeeding rates documented in the Blueprint for Action are a serious public health challenge particularly in certain minority communities. With scientific evidence indicating that breastfeeding can play an important role in an infant's health, the time has come for us to work together to promote optimal breastfeeding practices."

Dr. Satcher is the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. He also held the posts of Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors including top awards from the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Satcher will be joining other world-renowned speakers at La Leche League International's 17th Breastfeeding Conference which will be held July 7-10, 2001. LLLI is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of educational opportunities for medical professionals, publishes and sells books and magazines on breastfeeding and parenting and maintains an award-winning website at www.lalecheleague.org.

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