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The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #14, October 2003

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #14, October 2003

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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, and hope you enjoy our news and information!

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Featuring:

1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. Donations Help CBI Acquire New Scanner
3. Celebrate An Ancient Art -- A Modern Miracle
4. No Time to Promote Breastfeeding in Your Community?
5. LLLI Proposal for Project in Haiti Submitted to the World Bank
6. Introducing LLLI's New Liaison to the Global Hispanic Community
7. From LLLI Publications
8. Help LLL

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1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! October 1 marked the 8th anniversary of the LLLI Web site -- we have grown from a ten-page beginning to a site with over 5,000 individual files on the server! We are continually adding content, working on new features and updating files, and as always, YOUR suggestions are welcome. Here's what we've added in the past month or so:

*Nearly everything from the Mid-Year 2003 LLLI Catalogue is now up and available. A few more images will be added in the next couple of days so you will be able to see all the new items. We have also uploaded an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the catalogue, in 4 parts for easier downloading. Soon to come will be the 2003 Leader Catalogue. And don't forget to visit our SALE pages, where many items are available at steep discounts! All this and more is linked here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/catalog.html

*Planning is well underway for LLLI's 2005 Conference (see article #3 below). We have uploaded a form that you can use to recommend a particular speaker whose information you think will be of interest to attendees of an LLL Conference. We are interested in breastfeeding, parenting, and research topics. We always want to provide parents, grandparents, LLL members, Leaders and LLL Alumnae with a wide range of learning and enrichment opportunities, and we count on our members to let us know what they want to see and here! Visit our 2005 Conference page for the theme announcement and the speaker form: http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/05conf.html

*A very informative new document has been added to the LLLI Center for Breastfeeding Information collection, a chart of current breastfeeding intiation rates and percentages of mothers breastfeeding 4-6 month old babies in many countries around the world. You will find the document here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/bfstats03.html

*Translations of five articles from the August-September 2003 edition of LEAVEN have been added to our collection of Spanish-language materials. An article on LLLI's latest publication, ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING, is a highlight: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Lang/lv.html

*A new Frequently Asked Question file on the importance of breastfeeding, even when contaminants are affecting mothers' milk has been added to our collection: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/contaminants.html

We have also updated many current FAQs with references to updated LLLI publications, an ongoing project that will be completed in the coming weeks. Visit our FAQ pages at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQMain.html or http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQSubject.html

*New workshops and courses have been added to our Peer Counselor Training offerings. See if there is one convenient for you at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/PeerTraining.html

*If you are looking for an LLL Group to attend, don't forget to visit our index of local LLL Group Web pages. Ten new Groups have been listed in the past month -- maybe one is near you! http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html

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2. DONATIONS HELP CBI ACQUIRE NEW SCANNER

The LLLI Center for Breastfeeding Information has purchased a scanner with donations folks have sent in, designated for the CBI! Sundeep Kak, our Information Technologist, needs to transfer the information on my present, older computer, to a newer, faster computer, which will interface with the scanner. It's very exciting for us....our first piece of new equipment in a long time. We're especially glad that we will be able to share materials with our sisters outside the United States (Professional Liaison Departments).

So, if you are one who sent a donation designated for the CBI, we say "Thanks!"

Please visit the CBI Web pages and read our monthly research feature, our bibliographies on breastfeeding research topics, and more! http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/cbi.html

-- -Carol Huotari, Reference Librarian

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3. CELEBRATE AN ANCIENT ART -- A MODERN MIRACLE

La Leche League International would like to announce the theme of its 19th International Conference: Breastfeeding: An Ancient Art -- A Modern Miracle.

Gloria Okemuo is an LLLI trained Peer Counselor Administrator. In referring to the fact that many women in her native Nigeria consider breastfeeding to be outdated, she wrote: "Unfortunately, most mothers of today consider breastfeeding something that belongs to the past. Indeed, it is an ancient art, which has proven by scientific research to be a modern miracle." These stirring words inspired the Conference theme Breastfeeding: An Ancient Art -- A Modern Miracle.

Breastfeeding, an ancient art once passed on from woman to woman, ensured the survival of the human species for eons. As science made it possible for babies to survive without breastfeeding, at least in industrial parts of the world, the practice of the art slowly began to wane. In many cultures women grew up and never saw a baby being breastfed. The Founders of La Leche League recognized that breastfeeding, though natural, was an art - an art that in a bottle-feeding culture needed to be revived and supported.

Dr. Herbert Ratner, pioneer in the support of breastfeeding, stated in the first issue of BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS:

"Breast milk, the only food uniquely made for human beings, and upon which man has thrived, has been with us since before science existed. It provides a norm that can be followed even when scientists-not knowing all the reasons why breast milk is best for human babies-have spoken against it by opting for artificial formulas as equally good or superior.

"Now that pediatricians throughout the world have discovered the superiority of breast milk, we can appreciate the wisdom of those women who did not forsake nature for the infant-feeding style of their day."

Come to the LLLI Conference to learn more about this newly appreciated ancient art, now deemed modern miracle. Attend sessions by world-renowned speakers who present cutting-edge information. Network with parents and breastfeeding advocates from around the globe. Enjoy what promises to be the world's largest breastfeeding Conference. LLLI's Conference is sure to provide three fun-filled days of enrichment, education, and celebration. Circle the dates, July 2-5, 2005, and make plans to attend the LLLI Conference at the Washington Hilton, Washington, DC USA.

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4. NO TIME TO PROMOTE BREASTFEEEDING IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

No Time?

Are you not finding enough minutes in the day to:

*promote breastfeeding
*inform mothers about breastfeeding
*answer their breastfeeding questions
*decrease obesity and diabetes and
*bring your breastfeeding rates in line with the Healthy People 2010 goals??

Implementing a La Leche League International Peer Counselor Program can free you from these tasks while setting in motion a revolutionary, economical, and powerful force that not only brings exceptional health benefits to your clients and their children but increased self-esteem and confidence to the Peer Counselors themselves while increasing your breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.

La Leche League International's method of mother-to-mother support has stood the test of time and been found to be the most influential and sustainable way to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.

To set up a training at your facility or to register for our next Train-the-Trainer course contact:

Kathy Baker at
La Leche League International
957 N. Plum Grove Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847-519-7730 x 222
Kbaker at llli.org
www.lalecheleague.org

Current listings can be seen at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/PeerTraining.html

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5. LLLI PROPOSAL FOR PROJECT IN HAITI SUBMITTED TO THE WORLD BANK

As one of 186 organizations out of 2,700 that presented initial proposals to the World Bank Development Marketplace (WB DM 2003) global competition, La Leche League International submitted its final proposal to the World Bank on September 12th. The proposed project, to take place in Haiti, focuses on identifying and training women to be community breastfeeding counselors, during a one year period. LLLI will work in collaboration with the Foundation of Compassionate American Samaritans (FOCAS), a USA based private voluntary organization with over 20 years experience in Haiti. The next step in the competition is a marketplace of all the 186 proposals to take place December 3-4 in Washington DC at the WB headquarters. The Project Trainer, Priscilla Stothers, LLL Leader in the Dominican Republic, will be funded by the World Bank to represent LLLI at the marketplace. Background information on the project is available at http://www.lalecheleague.org/advocacy/haiti.html

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6. INTRODUCING LLLI'S NEW LIAISON TO THE GLOBAL HISPANIC COMMUNITY

Maria del Mar Mazza, a native of Argentina, was hired by LLLI, Schaumburg Illinois USA, in the position of Liaison/Global Hispanic Community. Maria, a breastfeeding mother of a 2 month old daughter, will work with Rebecca Magalhaes, Director, External Relations & Advocacy (ER&A) Department, to assist in the dissemination of information to the Hispanic community about LLLI materials, programs and services and about the good work being done by Spanish-speaking Leaders and Groups. If you have any ideas on ways to reach the Global Hispanic Community or information that would help LLLI in this endeavor, please contact Maria - mariadelmarmazza@hotmail.com

Visit LLLI's Web many pages with Spanish-language breastfeeding information and links to LLL Groups in Spanish-speaking locations here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/LangEspanol.html

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7. FROM LLLI PUBLICATIONS

The seventh edition of the beloved classic, THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, will be available soon! The revision reflects new views from research while maintaining its trademark style of mother-to-mother sharing. Knowledge about many technical aspects of breastfeeding has shifted over the past several years, and the language in this edition reflects a gentle shift. Updated references and resource lists provide mothers with the tools needed to make informed decisions.

No. 1438-12, $16.95, softcover, 450 pages. Watch for an announcement of advance discount prices. Orders will begin to be taken on November 3.

New pamphlets: Four old favorites have been revised by esteemed authors Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, and Dr. William Sears.

When you Breastfeed your Baby, No. 1444-17, $ .95
Increasing Your Milk, No. 1443-17, $ .95
The Breastfeeding Father No. 1442-17, $ .95
Positioning Your Baby at the Breast, No. 1380-17, $ .95

Phone orders: 847.519.9585
Fax orders: 847.519.0035
Email: OrderDepartment at llli.org
Online: http://www.lalecheleague.org/catalog.html

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8. 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

As this edition of the Chronicle shows, your contributions help LLLI in concrete ways -- without them, the Center for Breastfeeding Information would not have their new scanner. We appreciate your support, whether as a friend, a member, or a volunteer. You can make a difference for mothers and babies everywhere!

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SPREAD THE WORD!

If you like keeping up with LLL and want your friends to also keep up to date, please forward this message to others so they can also subscribe FREE. Or send them this link: http://www.lalecheleague.org/chronicle.html

Contributors: Kathy Baker, Nancy Jo Bykowski, Carol Huotari, Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall, Rebecca Magalhaes

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contents copyright 2003 La Leche League International. Permission is granted to forward this newsletter in its entirety.

La Leche League International
957 N. Plum Grove Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-4808 USA
847-519-7730
fax: 847-519-0035
orders: 847-519-9585
llli at llli.org

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