The Emerging Leaders in Lactation (ELL) Scholarship: Building Breastfeeding Support Systems in Oaxaca, Mexico
Fourteen years ago, Melisa Gómez López was a first-time mother in Oaxaca, Mexico. Instinctively, she began to seek support from other women who were breastfeeding, but she couldn’t find any existing support groups in her community. Undeterred, she set out to form her own group. Through the years, this group grew and adapted to meet the changing needs of the community: sporadic meetings at first, to a more formal La Leche League structure for a time, to a broader focus on parenting issues – including but not limited to breastfeeding.