Thursday, November 06, 2008
La Leche League International Co-Founder Betty Wagner Spandikow Passes Away At 85
La Leche League International and the world lost an amazing woman when Betty Wagner Spandikow, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, passed away October 26, 2008. Betty was co-founder of La Leche League International and co-author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which has over 2 million copies in print.
In 1956, Betty Wagner and six other women met in Franklin Park, Illinois to share information on how to successfully breastfeed their babies. The group quickly attracted the attention of other women and became an organization called "La Leche League." Betty was expecting their fifth child, and when asked to be a part of the group that was being organized to help breastfeeding mothers, she was eager to join.
"She had rocking chairs in her office and toys everywhere for children who came to visit," said Jane Crouse, the public relations associate for La Leche League International.