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The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #16, December 2003

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #16, December 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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Sue Ann Kendall - Editor and LLLI Online Communications Manager
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Featuring:

1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. LLLI Annual Appeal Continues
3. LLLI Office Holiday Hours
4. Physicians' Seminar: Register Early and Save Money
5. 2004 Lactation Specialist Workshop Locations and Dates
6. Gift Ideas for Mothers
7. News from the Center for Breastfeeding Information
8 . Help LLL

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1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE

*Dates and locations for the 2004 Lactation Specialist Workshops series have been announced -- see if there will be one near you! More information on this later in the newsletter! http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/LactSpec04.html

*At least eleven LLL Area Conferences in the USA have been announced recently. To see if one is being held near you, visit http://www.lalecheleague.org/Area/AreaConf.html -- these conferences have something for everyone interested in breastfeeding, from LLL members to Leaders to fathers to health care professionals!

*Orders are now being taken for the new 7th edition of the WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING. Order now for advance discount pricing! This beloved favorite has been updated but has not lost the flavor mothers have loved for generations. More information on this later in the newsletter! http://www.lalecheleague.org/books/wab.html

*Our file listing breastfeeding initiation rates and breastfeeding percentages from 4-6 months in many countries around the world has been updated with new information this month. http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/bfstats03.html

*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's selected bibliographies on Breastfeeding and Hepatitis C, HMOs and Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding and Breast Implants have also been updated to include new references. http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/additional.html

*Three of our Frequently Asked Questions files were updated this month:

My Doctor Says I Must Wean For Medical Reasons. What Should I Do? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/medical.html

My doctor has prescribed a medication for me. Is it safe for me to continue breastfeeding my baby while I take the medicine? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/medications.html

Can I breastfeed my baby if I am sick? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/sick.html

Visit our FAQ pages at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQMain.html or http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQSubject.html for more information.

*Articles from the September-October 2003 issue of our popular member publication, NEW BEGINNINGS, are now on the Web. Remember, members get this publication in living color two months before they are uploaded -- another good reason to join LLL! http://www.lalecheleague.org/nbdate.html#SeptemberOctober2003

*If you are looking for an LLL Group to attend, don't forget to visit our index of local LLL Group Web pages. Nine new US Groups have been listed in the past month in Alaska, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and South Carolina -- maybe one is near you! http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html

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2. LLLI Annual Appeal Continues

This is the time of year when LLLI reaches out to its friends and asks for help in keeping our organization vital and healthy. Annual appeal letters went out to many of our supporters recently, and we are gratified by the response. We know we cannot reach everyone, so we have included a copy of our appeal letter on the LLLI Web site -- http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor/appeal03.html

Dont forget that you can also donate your old used vehicle (car, truck, etc.) to LLLI and receive tax benefits in the US! Give us your clunker today! http://www.v-dac.com/org/?id=362514518

Your contributions are truly appreciated by all of us at LLLI who work hard to help breastfeeding mothers and babies around the world.

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3. LLLI OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS

The LLLI office in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA will be closed for the holidays starting on Wednesday, December 24 and will reopen on Monday, January 5. During this time, you may still send orders or inquiries via surface mail to:

LLLI
1400 N. Meacham Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4808
via fax to: 847-519-0035;

or order from our online catalogue at http://www.lalecheleague.org/catalog.html.

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4. PHYSICIANS' SEMINAR: REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE MONEY

Plan to discover the beautiful New England colonial coast and visit historic Newport Rhode Island for La Leche League International's (LLLI) 32nd Physicians' Seminar July 26-28, 2004. At the same time, plan to register early and save money.

Using a variety of techniques and approaches, LLLI, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cosponsor this Seminar for Physicians to provide education in effective lactation management. The American Academy of Family Physicians is participating as a Cooperating Organization.

The 2004 Seminar's theme is Breastfeeding: A Baby's Right, a Physician's Responsibility.
Continuing Medical Education Credits are available at this three-day intensive seminar that covers the latest in breastfeeding research and features a faculty of experts in the fields of lactation and family health care.

Register early, i.e. before July 12, 2004, and receive an early bird discount of $75.00. Reduced rates are available for Resident Physicians. For further information, contact Sally Murphy, Meetings Manager, at (847) 519-7730, ext. #218, SMurphy at llli.org

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5. 2004 LACTATION SPECIALIST WORKSHOP LOCATIONS AND DATES

The ongoing series of Lactation Specialist Workshops offers continuing education for nurses, lactation consultants and physicians who work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices. The workshops provide a post-graduate course for lactation specialists on current breastfeeding information and the skills and tools needed to assist breastfeeding mothers in prenatal and postnatal situations.

Dates and locations of workshops

Spring 2004

April 17-Pittsburgh PA
April 19-Atlanta GA
April 21-New York NY
April 23-Minneapolis MN

Fall 2004

October 16-Phoenix AZ
October 18-Baltimore MD
October 20-Boston MA
October 22-Chicago IL

For further information on contact hours for nurses, CERPS for Lactation Consultants, Continuing Medical Education for physicians or additional meeting information, please contact Sally Murphy, Meetings Manager, at (847) 519-7730, ext. #218; SMurphy at llli.org.

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6. GIFT IDEAS FOR MOTHERS

Pregnant or Nursing Mother on Your Holiday Gift List?

The best gift you can give a pregnant or nursing mother on your list is encouragement. She needs the confidence to know that she can breastfeed.

Information about breastfeeding is also a vital gift. One of the best sources of such information is the seventh revised edition of THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, available from La Leche League International. This classic guide to breastfeeding reflects current research while maintaining its trademark style of mother-to-mother sharing. Read more about it at http://www.lalecheleague.org/books/wab.html

Nursing stools, pillows, and carriers are all useful for the new mother. For other ideas, visit LLLI's Web site at http://www.lalecheleague.org/catalog.html

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7. NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION

Work is well underway for the "Facts About Breastfeeding, 2004." As always, there is a huge number of positive articles which have been gathered together for consideration to make the special compilation of research on our "Fact Sheet." Some articles which have been selected as the "Breastfeeding Abstract of the Month" from the Center for Breastfeeding Information pages of the website ( http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html )might also appear again on the "Fact" list. In addition to sharing abstracted information on benefits to the breastfeeding baby and mother, efforts are made to include some research specific to health care providers and those involved in public health (insurance companies, HMOs, WIC, etc.). Again this year, some research documents the "programming" of breastfeeding: the long-term benefits which are seen many years after breastfeeding and weaning has occured. Sharing the information on our "Fact Sheet" is a useful tool for Leaders in an "Advantages" meeting. The CBI is hoping to have this work completed by the end of the year.

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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

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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Contributors: Nancy Jo Bykowski, Carol Huotari, Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall

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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
1400 North Meacham 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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