Gisèle Laviolle

(b. - d. 2016)

Lea Cohen, LLL Leader in France since 1978, shared these thoughts about Gisèle:

In 1979, Gisèle became one of the first LLL Leaders in France. With her extraordinary organizational skills and bilingual abilities, she created so much to increase breastfeeding in LLL France. In 1986, she organized the first International Breastfeeding Day, known as "the JIA." The event continues every three years to this day, bringing the world's breastfeeding experts to France. In 1987, she organized the first Breastfeeding Training Program in French for Health Professionals; it continues today and is known as as AM-F. She was the first to pass the IBLCE exam in France, becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1987. Gisèle was briefly a member of the LLL International Board of Directors, around 2001 to 2003. She introduced the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) to France and to Africa, where she helped hospitals meet evaluation standards, and worked on their committees until recently. In the United States, Gisèle trained as a Peer Counsellor and adapted the program successfully in France in 2009, as the PRALL.

Gisèle's psychiatrist husband Jean has been very supportive of LLL over the years. He and Gisèle have three sons and five grandchildren. Gisèle’s funeral took place in Gâvres, France, where the family has a country home.