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LLLI Updates Breastfeeding Counsellor Eligibility Criteria
21 April 2014
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, USA
The Board of Directors of La Leche League International (LLLI) has updated the organization’s internal policy regarding eligibility to apply for volunteer positions as breastfeeding counsellors.
The preamble of La Leche League International bylaws states: “La Leche League International (LLLI) is a worldwide, educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory service organization which has been incorporated in Illinois as a general not-for-profit cooperation.” As a nondiscriminatory organization in Illinois, USA, applicants for volunteer breastfeeding counsellor positions cannot be considered ineligible based on factors such as gender, race, religion, physical disability, marital status, financial or social position, or political or social views.
As the cultural understanding of gender has expanded, it is now recognised that some men are able to breastfeed. In the spirit of nondiscrimination and with this awareness, La Leche League International has refined the eligibility qualifications for its volunteer breastfeeding counsellors to include men who otherwise meet the prerequisites for becoming a volunteer applicant. Prerequisites include organizational experience, personal experience breastfeeding a baby for at least nine months, and a demonstrated commitment to La Leche League philosophy.