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About 50 attend La Leche events

August 05, 2000

About 50 attend La Leche events



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer


About 50 adults and children held a walk and picnic in Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park Saturday in support of La Leche League International's goal of encouraging breast-feeding.

The League believes more women will provide their babies with milk the way nature intended if they can learn how to breast-feed, said Dawn Hamilton, a member of the League from Hagerstown.

"A lot of women think it would be easier to do formula," Hamilton said. "A lot of women have questions about technique. What is normal? How do they know their child is getting enough?

"We think it's important. We think it's the number one choice to provide food for your child.

"We think the benefits of doing breast-feeding far outweigh the downsides," Hamilton said. "Once you learn how to do it, it's a lot easier than bottles."

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The local organization has a small core of members. About 15 to 20 people come to meetings each month, then rotate out as they learn what to do, and more people come in.

The idea is to provide support and information for women who want to breast-feed.

"It's not as widespread as we'd like it to be," she said.

The League encourages women to breast-feed their babies exclusively for four to six months, then mix in other food while breast-feeding as long as the mother and child feel comfortable, she said.

The League provides support and information to about 200,000 women a month in 65 countries, Hamilton said.

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