Celebrity Parents World Breastfeeding Week: Welcome to the Celebrity Baby Blog's World Breastfeeding Week Celebration! By Staff Author Published on August 1, 2006 04:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Welcome to the Celebrity Baby Blog’s World Breastfeeding Week Celebration! Celebrated in over 120 countries, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement. It is officially celebrated August 1-7th. Like La Leche League International, the Celebrity Baby Blog believes that breastfeeding, with its many important physical and psychological advantages, is best for baby and mother and is the ideal way to initiate good parent-child relationships. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) agree that breastmilk is the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; World Breastfeeding Week seeks to raise awareness of its many benefits. During each day of World Breastfeeding Week, the Celebrity Baby Blog will feature special posts in support of breastfeeding to raise awareness. Post topics include the myriad of health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby; extended breastfeeding; tandem nursing; handling objections; continuing to breastfeed upon return to work; myths about breastfeeding; and breastfeeding one day at a time. We have also created a gallery of reader-submitted photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies- over 200 photos and counting! We believe this will make such a positive statement for all women. Each day of the Celebrity Baby Blog’s week long World Breastfeeding Week extravaganza is being sponsored by some great companies, including Zutano, Svan, Binsi, Little Showoffs, L’Oved Baby, Mamma’s Milk, Milkdudz- not your mommaz nursing wear, Mommy’s Little Monkey, nina and tom family fashion, Let’s Go Strolling, and Hot Mama Beauty and Style. All fees collected will be donated to La Leche League International. In order to encourage you, our readers, to make donations to the La Leche League International, the Celebrity Baby Blog, together with Forty Weeks, a leading-edge content and consulting firm with an exclusive focus on the expectant and new mother, will host a “virtual” raffle. For each $5 donated directly to La Leche League International, readers will receive one “virtual raffle ticket” towards the raffle prize of a Baby Jogger jogging stroller filled with products celebrities love like Special Momease™ The Essential New Mother Comfort Kit™, babydaze organizational tool, Lil’Dipper Essentials Gift Set, Oopa Bloomers and Do’Rag, Bravado Nursing Bras, SoHo Parenting‘s A Mother’s Circle, an Intimate Dialogue on Becoming a Mother written by Lisa Spiegal and Jean Kunhardt. For more info, look for the Raffle post that will be up later today! This year La Leche League International is celebrating its 50th anniversary.La Leche League International (LLL) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides information and encouragement to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. LLL is recognized as the world’s foremost authority on breastfeeding. Click the extended post for more information about La Leche League International. Why is La Leche League International important? *La Leche League International offers free mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. *Breastfed babies have better cognitive development, higher IQs, decreased illness, and increased immunity. *Breastfeeding improves maternal health and is a stated public health goal. *Human milk is a natural renewable resource and all baby needs for the first six months of life. LLL in the CommunityMonthly La Leche League International meetings are provided as a free service. A library of parenting books is available and they provide local telephone help. Mother-to-Mother SupportOver 42,000 Leaders have been accredited. Leaders help mothers through monthly meetings, by telephone and by email. The national number 1-800-LA-LECHE receives more than 120,000 calls annually. Online ResourcesOver 4.1 million people yearly visit LLL’s Web sites to access breastfeeding FAQs and local contacts for LLL Groups and Leaders. Over 120,000 accessed the new Spanish Home Page. Please visit them at www.llli.org. Saving LivesInfants who are not breastfed have a 21% higher post neonatal infant mortality rate in the US. (US Dept of Health and Human Services) Latest in Breastfeeding ResearchLLLI is the world’s largest resource for breastfeeding information and distributes more than 3 million publications annually. LLL also houses the Center for Breastfeeding Information which contains over 40,000 research articles in 500 categories.