stay-at-home feminist

at the end of each year, the New York Times Magazine devotes its pages to short obituaries of people who have died that year.  the group is always diverse.  and not everyone who you’d expect to see in its pages makes the cut.  this year’s group includes a piece on Edwina Froehlich, one of the founders of La Leche League.

it’s an interesting piece.  one that engages all of the contradictions of La Leche League’s philosophy.  and while the author is a bit too positive about how many woman are breastfeeding (only a third at three months), she’s right that LLL has moved onto the global stage.  La Leche League leaders were a part of the relief efforts in China after the earthquake in May.  and LLL materials are translated into 16 different languages.

through the generosity of Edwina and the other founders, any donation that you make to LLL will be matched dollar for dollar through the end of the year–today and tomorrow!  what a wonderful way to finish off the year.  a step toward creating the kind of world where woman and babies are truly cared for.  like Edwina said, breastfeeding gives women confidence as mothers in ways that they didn’t have before.  and that is no small thing.