The OnLLLine Chronicle: Issue #2, October 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, and hope you enjoy our news and information!
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1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. 2003 LLLI Conference Hotel Reservations
3. News from the LLLI Publications Department
4. Frequently Asked Question: Can you get pregnant while breastfeeeding?
5. Changes in Online LLL Chats
6. Help Us Support Mothers Online
7. Educational Opportunities
8. LLLI Alumnae Trip a Huge Success
9. 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:
*A new Frequently Asked Question page on breastfeeding and pregnancy has been added to our FAQ collection (see summary below): http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/fertility.html
*A press release on the West Nile virus and breastfeeding provides up-to-the-minute facts and reassurance. Learn more here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/westnile.html
*Five of the selected bibliographies on various breastfeeding topics that the Center for Breastfeeding Information staff put together were updated recently. Get the updated information at http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/additional.html
*Thirteen additional LLL Groups have their own Web pages, listing meeting dates and time, as well as local LLL telephone contacts. If you want to find out about a Group near YOU, visit our index of Group and Affiliate pages at http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html
*Additional 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, including a chapter from Diana West's book, DEFINING YOUR OWN SUCCESS: BREASTFEEDING AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY. Read them at http://www.lalecheleague.org/LangEspanol.html#lv
*Photos and descriptions of some of the World Walks for Breastfeeding that have been going on since June are featured on our "World Walks around the World" page at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/walk/walkworld02.html
2. 2003 LLLI CONFERENCE HOTEL RESERVATIONS (and more)
San Francisco here you come! There is now an online hotel reservation form in Adobe PDF format that will get you the official LLLI Conference discounted rates for the San Fransisco Hilton during the 2003 LLLI Conference, July 3-6, 2003: http://www.lalecheleague.org/images/2003conferencehousing.pdf
You can also learn how to enjoy San Francisco's many charms on a budget at http://www.lalecheleague.org/03conf/cheap.html
We have been frequently updating and adding to our list of conference speakers and their session topics, as well, so check the speaker information page frequently: http://www.lalecheleague.org/03conf/speakers.html
3. NEWS FROM THE LLLI PUBLICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Coming soon in NEW BEGINNINGS:
Ideas from our readers on building a circle of friends when you're an at-home mother and getting your baby to take a bottle when you're working outside the home.
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
The November issue of BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS will feature information on Vitamin D supplementation and the breastfed infant.
BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS is an LLLI publication featuring articles on technical topics, reviews of professional books on breastfeeding, and short abstracts of current articles of interest to health care providers and lay breastfeeding supporters. Some articles from past issues are available on our Web site at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ba/ba.html.
Revised BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK available soon.
Incorporates newest research on controversial issues such as vitamin D supplementation of the breastfed baby, hormonal approaches for inducing lactation, and new treatment options for damaged nipples. Integrates ground-breaking discoveries about breast structure and function made by Dr. Peter Hartmann and his team. Offers new information on prescription and herbal galactagogues, positioning and latch-on, the use of nipple shields, and the importance of human milk. Includes all new AAP list of medications and their effects on the breastfeeding infant. Every chapter has been reviewed and updated. Also available on interactive CD-ROM. Order after November 1.
4. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: CAN YOU GET PREGNANT WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
The short answer is "Yes". It is possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding can be used as part of your family planning technique. As a matter of fact, if you can answer yes to the following three questions, your risk of pregnancy is less than two percent.
1. Is your infant less than six months old?
2. Are you amenorrheic, that is, are your menstrual periods absent?
3. Is your baby breastfeeding around the clock without receiving other foods, beverages or pacifiers?
Once the answer to any of these questions becomes "No", it will be time to move to the next stage of your family planning. There is an interesting article in BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS about breastfeeding and fertility at http://www.lalecheleague.org/ba/Nov01.html and a very useful article on breastfeeding and child spacing here http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVDec98Jan99p128.html. See our FAQ at http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/fertility.html for more information and additional references.
5. CHANGES IN ONLINE LLL CHATS
Our Web-based chats on the Oxygen Web site were canceled last month, due to a change in their policy, but we are happy to announce we are continuing chats at the same days and times -- Mondays at 3pm Eastern time (US) and Tuesdays at 10pm Eastern time. Chats will be held using AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Software, which is free. To join in these chats, please visit our instructions page at http://www.lalecheleague.org/chat/aimchat.html and be sure to invite your friends who may have no access to local LLL meetings!
Our AOL-only chats that were being hosted on the Parent Soup Web site have also been canceled, as of October 23. We are working to arrange for additional AIM chats, which will be accessible to all AOL members as well as others, to make up for the loss of these chats. We will announce our plans as soon as they are complete.
6. HELP US SUPPORT MOTHERS ONLINE!
As the previous article explained, in the past month, the Web sites that have hosted our online LLL chats have canceled both our web-based chats and our America Online chats. Over 150 women per month had been attending these popular online breastfeeding help forums. LLLI would like to host our own chats on our own server, but we will need additional funds to purchase the needed software to set it up (from $500-$1,000US depending on what we actually set up). If you, your business, or a corporation or foundation you know of is interested in making a donation toward this project, or can donate chat software, please contact Funding Development & Advancement Director Sharon Bell-Willson at sbell-wilson at llli.org, or phone her at 847-519-7730 x 240. For more information on our needs, contact On-line Communications Manager Sue Ann Kendall at sak at llli.org. Our chat hosts want to help mothers -- please consider helping us find a permanent home for our online meetings!
7. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Peer Counselor and Peer Counselor Administrator Workshops
LLLI Peer Counselor Programs have had a good fall season. Look for the upcoming 2003 dates on the website and in NEW BEGINNINGS. We are currently able to offer CERPs for both courses and are pursuing ADA and DONA continuing education credits. To set up a training in your area or for yourself, please contact Kathy Baker at LLLI, 1400 N Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 847-519-7730, kbaker at llli.org for more information.
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)
*North Carolina (November 2002)
8. LLLI ALUMNAE TRIP A HUGE SUCCESS
Thirty-seven LLLI Alumnae members, ranging in age from 30-something to 68 years of age, joined together on the 10-year reunion Women's Journey, hiking down the 8-mile Hasvasupai Trail in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA, September 25th-29th. It was an incredible experience for all involved as we enjoyed the beauty of the red canyon walls, the blue, blue sky, and the blue-green waters and waterfalls! Hiker Edna Kelly expressed to all her fellow hikers: "Thank you for a wonderful, empowering experience. So unique to experience the hike with a group of 37 friends....a real advantage of breastfeeding!" (That is most likely not a documented advantage of breastfeeding!) Pam Bridgmon and Joan Meyer, who both live in Arizona coordinated the hike. Watch for the next issue of CONTINUUM with photos and more details of this adventure!
9. 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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