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Become a Member of The Medical Associates

When you join the La Leche League International (LLLI) Medical Associates Program, you join the growing number of physicians who want to provide the education and support necessary to facilitate successful and fulfilling breastfeeding experiences for their patients. You remain informed about current information on breastfeeding and lactation, and you have the opportunity to network with other physicians who share your interest. La Leche League International (LLLI) Medical Associates are committed to breastfeeding, to LLLI, and to its philosophy. We welcome your interest and value your support.

Benefits of the Medical Associates Program

  • The Breastfeeding Answer Book. New members receive this definitive resource for those who work with breastfeeding mothers and babies. Renewing member will receive a different resource book each renewal year.
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. A valuable resource for any waiting room, this definitive guide combines breastfeeding information with stories from mothers across the world.
  • Subscription to Breastfeeding Abstracts. This quarterly publication features summaries of current breastfeeding research, book reviews, and abstracts of articles about lactation and breastfeeding management.
  • Subscription to New Beginnings, the LLL member magazine, for your waiting room.
  • Subscription to Leaven, the LLL Leaders’ magazine, for topics of current interest to your staff. Now includes "Ask a Medical Associate" column.
  • Medical Associates Newsletter. This newsletter provides current events, information, and discussion of issues affecting breastfeeding and related topics.
  • Membership Discount on most items in the LLLI online catalog.
  • A Medical Associates Certificate, suitable for framing.
  • A list of all LLL Health Advisory Council Members, who act as consultants to the Medical Associates.
  • A directory of all Medical Associates available online.
  • Registration discount to the annual La Leche League International Healthcare Provider Meetings, which gives Medical Associates an opportunity to network with their colleagues and to learn about the latest information from experts in the field of lactation.
  • Your name and contact information can be listed on the LLL Leader- only section of the LLLI Web site. This listing allows local LLL Leaders to know which doctors in their area are supportive of breastfeeding so they can refer mothers to these doctors for professional help.

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About La Leche League International

  • La Leche League International (LLLI) is active in 65 countries and territories, reaching millions of mothers through a network of more than 7.000 accredited volunteers and the LLLI Web site> LLLI:
  • Is a non-govermental organization (NGO)in consultive status with UNICEF Is an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization.
  • Acts as a registered Private Voluntary Organization for the Agency for International Development(USAID).
  • Is a member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Is a member of the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources Group (CORE)
  • Is a founding member and core partner of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

LLLI offers workshops and seminars on breastfeeding research and effective lactation management. LLLI is

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Approved as a long-term provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE)

La Leche League Philosophy

  • Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
  • Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
  • In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
  • Breast milk is the superior infant food.
  • For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
  • Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
  • Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
  • Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby’s father. A father’s unique relationship with the baby is an important element in the child’s development from early infancy.
  • Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
  • From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.

If you are interested in joining this program, print and mail in the Registration Form.

For more information contact:

Arnold L. Tanis, MD, FAAP

Associate Director
Pam MazzellaDiBosco, IBCLC
PMazzellaDiBosco at

(Membership in the Medical Associates is open to physicians who have achieved their Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy credential.)

For a printable copy (PDF) of the brochure on the Medical Associates program, from which this text is drawn, click here.

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