The OnLLLine Chronicle: Issue #1, September 2002
The OnLLLine Chronicle is a free monthly e-newsletter from La Leche League International, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. We will share updates on LLLI's activities, new products, and other breastfeeding-related news. Thank you for subscribing.
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1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. Coming Soon in NEW BEGINNINGS
3. The Fussy Baby: New Book from LLLI
4. Focus on Research
5. Frequently Asked Question: How Often Should I Feed My Baby?
6. COMING SOON: The LLLI Leader's Handbook is being revised.
7. Educational Opportunities
8. New Publication from LLL New Zealand
9. Volunteers at the LLLI Office
10. New from LINKAGES
11. Outstanding Retired or Active Leader Awards 2003
12. We Remember
13. Help LLL
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
The La Leche League Web site brings you breastfeeding information, news from LLLI and much more--here's what we've added in the past month or so:
*To make it easier to get around our large Web site, we have added a site map: http://www.lalecheleague.org/sitemap.html
*Five new Frequently Asked Questions pages dealing with premature infants have been added to our FAQ collection: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQMain.html#premature
*The articles from the July-August issue of NEW BEGINNINGS, LLLI's publication for members, are now available on the Web site. The feature article is on "older" mothers and breastfeeding. The contents of the July-August issue are listed here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/nbdate.html#julyaugust2002
*The articles from the June-July 2002 issue of LEAVEN, LLLI's magazine for its Leaders, have been uploaded. A highlight is the lead article, on obesity and breastfeeding. Articles are listed here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/LV/index-date0004.html
*The Annual World Walk for Breastfeeding was a prominent feature of August--LLL Groups around the world promoted breastfeeding and raised money by holding World Walks. Learn more here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/walk.html
* A press release detailing LLLI's offer to send a breastfeeding book to women who went into labor on the US Labor Day holiday. Learn more here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/labor.html
*We have added new information on our 2003 International Conference, to be held in San Francisco, California in July: details about speakers, an application for scholarships, and articles from our member and Leader publications. Learn more: http://www.lalecheleague.org/03conf/03conf.html
*The LLLI Board of Directors pages have been revamped, and new information has been linked as well. Biographies of many Board members have been updated: http://www.lalecheleague.org/BOD/BOD.html
*Information on helping with LLLI's fundraising efforts has been posted by our Funding Development Department: http://www.lalecheleague.org/jobs/fundingvolunteer.html
*Macau and Bermuda are the latest countries to be listed on our index of Group Web pages around the world--find their links at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html
*Spanish translations of items from the August-September 2002 issue of LEAVEN, LLL's magazine for its Leaders are now listed in our collection of materials in Spanish at http://www.lalecheleague.org/LangEspanol.html#lv
2. Coming soon in NEW BEGINNINGS:
Breastfeeding and dental caries. We quote the research and tell why many studies give confusing, even contradictory, results. Learn how human milk can actually add minerals back to your baby's tooth enamel and what to do to reduce your baby's risk of early childhood caries.
NEW BEGINNINGS is the LLLI publication for members, in the USA and many other locations. It features breastfeeding information and wonderful stories from mothers around the world. Contact your local LLL representative to join and see if you will receive it as part of your membership. You can also read past articles on our Web site. See http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb.html for details! To find your local LLL Group or Leader, visit our information page at http://www.lalecheleague.org/leaderinfo.html
3. THE FUSSY BABY: NEW BOOK FROM LLLI
LLLI's latest publication is a revision of the beloved 1985 book by William and Martha Sears, THE FUSSY BABY: HOW TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR HIGH-NEED CHILD. With new information on colic, and much more, this book will fit into any new parent's library. Read more about it: http://www.lalecheleague.org/books/fussy.html
FACTOID: THE LLLI ONLINE HELP FORM PROGRAM HELPS OVER 800 MOTHERS WORLDWIDE EACH MONTH. LEADER VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED, AS THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS RISES EACH MONTH! CONTACT US TO HELP!
4. FOCUS ON RESEARCH
"Interpretation: The longer women breast feed the more they are protected against breast cancer. The lack of or short lifetime duration of breastfeeding typical of women in developed countries makes a major contribution to the high incidence of breast cancer in these countries."
Beral, V. , Bull, D., Doll, R., et al. Breast cancer and breastfeeding: collaborative reanalysis of individual data from 47 epidemiological studies in 30 countries, including 50, 302 women with breast cancer and 96,963 women without the disease. Lancet 2002; 360:187-95.
5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY BABY?
There once was a time when new mothers were told to never feed their babies more than once every four hours. Today, with much new research to support us, La Leche League recommends feeding the baby based on when the baby asks to feed. This can be as often as every hour in a newborn or in a sick baby. Human milk digests much faster than the formula that the old doctors were thinking of when setting times to feed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy, full-term newborns should breastfeed eight to twelve times in each 24-hour period. For more information please see our FAQ on "How often should I nurse my baby?" at http://lalecheleague.org/FAQ/frequency.html In some cases it may be important to wake your sleepy baby to make sure she is getting enough to eat. See http://lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html for some ideas on knowing how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk.
For other breastfeeding FAQs please see the index at: http://lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQSubject.html
or to see the index in alphabetical order: http://lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQMain.html
6. COMING SOON:
The LLLI Leader's Handbook is being revised. New!
*media releases*meeting outlines
*expanded online information
*text reflects recently revised definition of an active Leader
*glossary of terms and titles
With contributions from active Leaders from all over the world, the handbook offers lots that is new, along with the same Leader-to-Leader support for managing a Group, organizing meetings, and everything you do to support breastfeeding mothers and babies.
THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS AND LEADERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE WORLD WALK FOR BREASTFEEDING THIS YEAR!
7. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Peer Counselor and Peer Counselor Administrator Workshops
Now is the time to sign up now for the fall Per Counselor workshops, and the workshops that train women to train others as Peer Counselors. Trainings are held in various locations in the US. To learn more, visit the Peer Counselor information pages at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/PeerCounsel.html
In many parts of the world, La Leche League is organized into "Areas" (in the US usually corresponding to states, parts of states, or groups of states). LLL Areas hold conferences periodically, where parents, LLL members, and LLL Leaders can come be surrounded by like-minded friends and learn more about breastfeeding and parenting. There are Area Conferences in the following locations in the next few months:
*Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana (November 2002)
*California, Northern and Hawaii Continuing Education Day (November 2002)
*Florida (October 2002)
*Illinois (October 2002)
*Kentucky (October 2002)
*Maine/New Hampshire (October 2002)
*New York East (September 2002)
*New Zealand (September 2002)
*North Carolina (November 2002)
*Pennsylvania (Eastern) (September 2002)
*Washington (October 2002)
Lactation Specialist Workshops
There is still time to register for LLLI's wonderful fall series of Lactation Specialist Workshops: Breastfeeding: Best Practice for Today's World. Faculty include Roberta Hewat, RN, MSN, PhD, IBCLC and Elizabeth Hormann, BA, Ed.M, IBCLC. Worskhops are being held in Atlanta, Georgia, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, and Lisle/Naperville, Illinois during the latter part of this month. To register, visit: http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/LactSpec02.html
8. NEW PUBLICATION FROM LLL NEW ZEALAND
La Leche League New Zealand has just published a new leaflet called "Breastfeedingwith Inverted Nipples." The cost to USA Leaders is $1 each with postage extra. Anyone who would like to order one or more copies can email LLL New Zealand at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will let them know total costs including postage. We also have discounts for bulk orders of 10 and 50. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit card payment but we can manage cheques in most other currencies.
9. VOLUNTEERS AT THE LLLI OFFICE
La Leche League International is a not-for-profit organization, and much of its work is done by volunteers. Volunteers lead meetings, answer breastfeeding questions, train women to help others with breastfeeding and parenting issues, and provide administrative support to the other volunteers. But, that's not all! Read more about how volunteers help out at the LLLI offices in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA: http://www.lalecheleague.org/chronicle/1volunteers.html
10. NEW FROM LINKAGES
LINKAGES (A worldwide project to support Breastfeeding, Related Complementary Feeding and Maternal Nutrition, and the Lactational Amenorrhea Method) and PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) put out a new publication as part of World Breastfeeding Week called "Quantifying the Benefits of Breastfeeding: A Summary of the Evidence." It reviews more than 180 published studies that provide evidence of breastfeeding's effect on infant morbidity and mortality, child development, chronic disease, maternal health, and household and national economies. A lot of good information! You can read more about it here: http://www.linkagesproject.org/BOB.html
11. OUTSTANDING ACTIVE OR RETIRED LEADER AWARDS 2003
The LLLI Alumnae Association is seeking nominations for its award to be presented at the LLLI Conference in San Francisco July, 2003. The award is given to past or present LLL Leaders who have gone on to demonstrate excellence in their professional, personal, or volunteer accomplishments, and who are recognized as leaders in their field. These accomplishments may be in any area, such as business, government, the arts, media, education,social services, sciences, health care, literary or humanitarian endeavors. For nomination guidelines, and more information: http://alumnae.llli.org/Alumnae.html
Previous recipients of this award are the Seven Founders of LLL and Peggy O'Mara, founder and editor of Mothering Magazine.
12. WE REMEMBER
At the Afternoon Tea July 4, 2003, during the LLLI Conference to be held in San Francisco, California USA, the LLLI Alumnae Association will continue to commemorate LLL Leaders who have died. By May 15, 2003, please send name, city and state, or city and country where this Leader served LLL, and year of death to:
Nancy Franklin, 7918 Valley Trails, San Antonio, TX 78250 USA, NBFLLL77@aol.com
13. LA LECHE LEAGUE HELPS YOU--YOU CAN HELP LA LECHE LEAGUE
If you find that this newsletter is helpful to you, or if you would just like to help with the important work LLLI does in helping mothers around the world breastfeed, you can make a contribution, quickly and easily, via our Web site at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor.html. Another option is to become a member of La Leche League--to learn how, go here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/membership.html
We appreciate your support, whether as a friend, a member, or a volunteer.
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Contributors: Kathy Baker, Nancy Jo Bykowski, Lynne Coates, Fran Crossland, Brenda Glover, Carol Huotari, Sue Ann Kendall, Beth Moscov, and Pam Oselka
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