NEHALEM — The Tillamook County La Leche League International (LLLI) will meet at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month, starting Wednesday, in the Riverbend Room of the North County Recreation District, 36155 Ninth St. in Nehalem. All mothers and future mothers are encouraged to come, and to bring their children.

LLLI is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to breastfeeding mothers, pregnant mothers and women seeking breastfeeding support in any way.

Until recently, Astoria has been home to the only group available for women in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties. Thanks to the initiative of Georgina Jones of Astoria, and many other local women, the Tillamook County LLLI group was formed.

The funding behind this new group comes from Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc., in collaboration with Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization in an effort to achieve their reformed triple-aimed goal of better health, better care and lower cost.

There have been multiple studies linking breastfeeding with healthier infants and more attached and attuned mothers. The psychological and physical benefits that breastfeeding offers to both baby and mother make La Leche League groups a healthy priority for coastal communities, which is why GOBHI has offered startup funds to begin the Tillamook County group.

The leaders of the group, Annie Naranjo Rivera, Carlotta Roddy and Jennifer Childress, will be required to go through the appropriate training developed for all international group leaders. In the meantime, the group will be supported by the leaders of the already established Astoria group.

For information, call Childress at 503-368-5886.

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