Phyllis Diller, A Tribute to Comedian and Breastfeeding Advocate

Listen to Phyllis Diller Advocate for Breastfeeding!

Comedian Bob Hope, a champion of Diller’s zany comedy act, called her “a Warhol mobile of spare parts picked up along a freeway.” (Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank)

In this rare footage, Phyllis Diller shares with John W. Travis, MD, her passion for nursing six children (one whom died as an infant).  Phyllis shares an amazing insight and compassion for nursing mothers and even cracks a joke about breastfeeding at the end of the interview and bursts into her famous cackling laughter!

Dr. Travis is the founder of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children and one of the founding fathers of the wellness movement.  Phyllis Diller was his babysitter when he was growing up.

Phyllis Diller Dies “With a Smile on Her Face”


“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” – Phyllis Diller

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” – Phyllis Diller

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller


Los Angeles (CNN) — Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died “peacefully in her sleep” at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.

Her son, Perry, “found her with a smile on her face,” manager Milt Suchin said.

Diller’s career as a stand-up comic, which she started at age 37, skyrocketed in the 1960s, partly because of her many appearances with Bob Hope on his television specials, USO tours and three movies.

Read the entire obituary

Breastfeeding Resources

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Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. Its mission is to unite into one association members of the various medical specialties with this common purpose.

Eats on Feets.  Community Breastmilk Sharing. Eats On Feets facilitates a world-wide network of parents and professionals who have made the informed choice to share or support the sharing of breastmilk.

Human Milk Banking Association of North AmericaHuman milk is a precious resource. Even with milk banks, the availability of donor milk is very limited. Sometimes, a mother chooses not to breastfeed, or for whatever reason is unable to breastfeed. Some babies MUST receive human milk in order to survive. In these cases, doctors will prescribe human milk for the child. In a perfect world, all babies would receive breastmilk, either from their mother or from a donor, and the artificial milk industry would be very limited. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if “formula” were only available by prescription?

Human Milk 4 Human Babies, HM4HB.  HM4HB is a global milksharing network, a virtual village, comprising thousands of people from over fifty countries. We are mothers, fathers, adoptive families, grandparents, childbirth and breastfeeding professionals, volunteers, supporters, donors, and recipients that have come together to support the simple idea that all babies and children have the right to receive human milk. We use social media as a platform for local families to make real-life connections and come together as sustainable milksharing communities where women graciously share their breastmilk. HM4HB is built on the principle of informed choice: we trust, honour, and value the autonomy of families and we assert they are capable of weighing the benefits and risks of milksharing in order to make choices that are best for them.

La Leche League. Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

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