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Hillard, Patricia, 1947-2000



  • Existence: 1947 - 2000


Patricia Pedersen Hillard was born in 1947 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1968 with a degree in home economics. On December 22, 1967, she married Richard Hillard. Together they had four children: Shannon, Elizabeth, Johanna, and Richard. In 1970, Hillard became involved with La Leche League International in Minnesota. When the family moved to Waverly, Iowa, in 1976, Hillard continued working with the organization. She rose to the position of Western U.S. Division Director, which she held from 1988 to 1992. Patricia Hillard died in 2000.

La Leche League International (LLLI) was founded in 1956 by seven Catholic mothers in Chicago who wanted to reestablish the importance of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies. Their motto, "Better Mothering Through Breastfeeding," reflects their belief that breastfeeding is an essential, not optional, aspect of motherhood. LLLI's purpose is to provide mother-to-mother support for nursing mothers by offering them information and encouragement. LLI offers services to nursing mothers through monthly meetings, counseling sessions, and area conferences. The organization also hosts large international conferences every two years. LLLI consists of three divisions: Eastern U.S, Western U.S., and Around the World ( ATW). As of 2006, over 7,000 leaders worldwide are helping mothers breastfeed their babies. LLLI is considered by many to be the world's leading source of breastfeeding information.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Patricia Hillard papers

Identifier: IWA0715

Papers document Hillard's work as Western U.S. Division Director of La Leche League International.


Administrative, Boxes 1-10

Area Conferences, Boxes 10-11

Area Coordinator of Leaders (ACL), Boxes 11-13

Areas, Boxes 13-18

Biographical information, Box 1

Conferences, Boxes 18-20

Correspondence, Boxes 20-25

Division Director, Boxes 25-27

Financial Records, Boxes 27-29

Human Relations Enrichment (HRE), Boxes 29-30

Other Divisions, Boxes 31-33

Photographs, Box 46

Professional Liaison Department (PLD), Boxes 33-34

Programs, Boxes 34-35

Publications, Box 35-42

Publicity, Box 42

Regional Administrators (RA), Boxes 42-44

Resource and Development (R&D), Boxes 44-46

Dates: 1963-2001