The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #21, May 2004
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #21, May 2004
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 we hope you enjoy our news and information!
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1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. More Than Continuing Education Credits
3. Call for Help! LLLI Needs Transportation
4. Breastfeeding in the News
5. Win a Car and Support Breastfeeding -- World Breastfeeding Week Celebration News
6. Reaching Out: LLLI's Recent Advocacy Activities
7. Doctor from Russia Visits LLLI Office
8. Community Outreach: LLL of Kansas Donates Books to Public Libraries
9 . LLL Canada Executive Director to Speak at National Breastfeeding Seminar
10. Help LLL
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
*We have performed a major renovation on our pages in Spanish. We now have all the top, side and bottom navigation files in Spanish, for ease of use. Look for more new Spanish content and more announcements in the very near future!
*LLLI's latest media release reported on a study showing numerous health benefits for breastfed babies (another link reporting on this survey is found in the "Breastfeeding in the News" article below)
LLLI also issued a release that provided a sample letter one can send to news media in response to babies in China who suffered from a diet of fake infant formula
*There is much new to be found on the 2005 LLLI Conference pages. There's a new design, and there is also lots of news! The listing of conference speakers and topics is posted, and will be added to as more information is available. There's also a separate listing of Continuing Education speakers, and articles on raising funds to get to the conference and more. Check this page often for more about Washington DC in July 2005:
*Seven new breastfeeding information pages in Russian have been added to the LLLI Web site in May, including articles on common breastfeeding myths, pacifier use, milk storage, biting babies, starting solids, mastitis, and infant dehydration. The articles are available in both PDF and RTF formats.
*The 2004 LLLI Translated Books Catalogue and the LLL Leader Catalogue have both been linked in PDF format to our online catalogue main page at http://www.lalecheleague.org/catalog.html
*Do you have a web site for your company, organization or family, that promotes breastfeeding? Would you like to have an attractive, eye-catching way to link to the LLLI Web site? If so, check our our new banners that promote the LLLI Web site and will help you direct your friends to all the information we provide.
Animated banner: http://www.lalecheleague.org/images/lll_banner_anim.gif
Static banner: http://www.lalecheleague.org/images/lll_banner_static.gif
Anyone is welcome to link to www.lalecheleague.org/ from this banner. If you would like to find out how to become one of our valued advertisers and have a link on the LLLI site, contact MSchumar at llli.org.
*A problem with the data in the Center for Breastfeeding Research database has been remedied, and now many more results appear in your searches. New items are added frequently, too! To use the database, just go to the page linked below, register, and search!
*If you are looking for an LLL Group in your vicinity to attend, don't forget to visit our index of local LLL Group Web pages, or chose a country from our convenient new drop-down menu listing all countries and regions with LLL sites. Five new US Groups have been listed in the past month in California, Oregon and Kansas -- maybe one is near you! To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.
2. MORE THAN CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Attend La Leche League International's 19th International Breastfeeding Conference, July 2-5, 2005, Hilton Washington and Towers, Washington DC, USA, July 2-5, 2005. The Conference promises
* Cutting-edge evidence-based research
* Opportunity to network with parents and professionals around the globe
* The Seven Founders of La Leche League International
* Proven world-class speakers.
* Continuing Education Credits*
*A maximum of 17.4 Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPS) will be available from the IBLCE. A maximum of 17.4 Contact Hours for RNs will be available from the Illinois Nurses' Association. A maximum of 14.5 CPE hours will be available from the American Dietetic Association.
La Leche League International's Conference Team has been busy confirming Continuing Education Speakers for LLLI's 19th Conference, Breastfeeding: Ancient Art-Modern Miracle, July 2-5, 2005 at the Hilton Washington and Towers, Washington, D.C., USA
A prestigious faculty will present many fascinating sessions. For a list (updated frequently) of Continuing Education Speakers, visit http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/cespeakers.html Speakers and topics are subject to change. Please consult the web page above or call 1-847-519-7730 for the latest information and speaker additions.
Look for further information about easy-to-use registration materials as they become available.
3. CALL FOR HELP! LLLI NEEDS TRANSPORTATION
In February, the van used at the LLLI office (donated by Medela years ago) gave up and quit. The repairs would be expensive, and we would still end up trying to maintain a a 13-year-old vehicle!
The office needs a van or truck in order to get all of the mail to and from the post office, and to help with transportation when we have visitors.
At the Michigan Area Conference, a retired Leader agreed to match any donations that were made in Michigan to assist LLLI office in purchasing a van. We would like to ask all of you if you would be willing to challenge your Groups, teams, conference participants and anyone else you can think of, to assist us in that van purchase. Michigan raised $505 at their conference. Can another Area beat them????? To the Area (or Affiliate) that brings in the most money, we will provide a book for your Professional Liaison Leaders. You can choose between the BAB and CD, or the new Riordan book, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, or two copies of the new Hale book, Medications and Mother's Milk.
Any help that anyone can give us will be greatly appreciated! Please send donations in US funds to LLLI office at the address below, clearly marked for Van Replacement Fund. You can also contribute online at https://www.lalecheleague.org/cc_contrib.html and mark "Van Replacement Fund" in the "please use my gift for..." field.
4. BREASTFEEDING IN THE NEWS
This month there have been a large number of research reports supporting the benefits of breastfeeding. Media around the world are focusing on how breastfeeding helps babies! Here are some examples:
*In the United Kingdom, during "National Breastfeeding Awareness Week." an article entitled "Mums Urged to Give Breastfeeding a Go" was posted on the Prime Minister's web site: http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/Page5776.asp
*May's Center for Breastfeeding Information abstract of the month is an article entitled "Protective effect of breastfeeding against urinary tract infection" that indicates extended breastfeeding increases protection against UTIs in mothers:
Our article also provides a link to a longer abstract.
*A US doctor urged human milk for premature babies, while he was in Australia:
*The WebMD web site put up an article linking breastfeeding to lower stress and anxiety levels in adulthood.
*The Edinburgh News published a report about a study showing that breastfeeding is good for heart health: http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=549412004
*The BBC reported that many mothers do not breastfeed because of misinformation about its difficulty and misconceptions about public breastfeeding:
*Science Daily, as well as LLLI, reported a North Carolina study that found breastfeeding reduces infant mortality -- this is the study LLLI's latest press release reported, as well:
In a related topic, artificial infant milk producers are getting some negative publicity, such as these items from the United Kingdom telling about a cancer charity that refused a large donation from Nestlé:
These are samples of the kinds of research that will be categorized in the Center for Breastfeeding Information database in the near future! Read more at at http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/cbi.html
5. US WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK CELEBRATION NEWS
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week - Kansas La Leche League Style: Breastfed Babies: Cruising to a Healthy Life!
Would you like to be driving a brand new 2004 blue PT Cruiser? Would you like to support La Leche League? Kansas La Leche league is sponsoring a state wide drawing for a PT Cruiser, donated by Marmie Motors of Great Bend, Kansas.
The suggested donation is $10 per ticket. All funds will benefit LLL with 60 % of the money staying locally. The remaining funds go to LLLUSA and LLL International. Tickets are available from any Kansas LLL Leader. Drawing is September 28th in Great Bend. No need to be present to win.
Breastfeeding offers a lifetime of health advantages to keep babies cruising to a healthy life. La Leche League of Kansas is working to keep Kansans healthy.
Bear in mind that you will need to go to Kansas to get the car if you win!!
Registrations for WBW Celebrations on the Upward Swing!
As of this morning, 112 Groups have registered to participate in this year's US celebration. Are you planning a fun event but have forgotten to register?? Get counted! It's very easy -- you just fill out a brief form on the LLLUSA web site: http://www.lllusa.org/lllusa/registration.html There are all sorts of materials available on the WBW pages to help you hold a great event -- whether you are giving away a car, walking, having a picnic, or whatever!
World Breastfeeding Week T-shirts available by June 1.
LLLI will provide T-shirts for World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations, while fundraising activities will be organized by LLLUSA. Adult T-shirts will be $9.95 for a single shirt or $7.50 each for orders of 10 or more (XXL $11.00 single shirt, $9.00 for 10 or more). Children's sizes will be $8.00 for a single shirt or $6.75 for orders of 10 or more. All shirts are 100% cotton.
For more information about options for this year's World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, check this page on the LLLUSA Web site:
Surface mail: LLLI, 1400 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4808
6. REACHING OUT: RECENT LLLI ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES
As a member of the Child Survival Resources and Collaborations Group (CORE), LLLI was represented at the annual CORE Spring meeting "Enhancing Maternal and Child Health Impact at the Country Level" that took place in Baltimore Maryland USA from May 3-7. Joining more than 150 participants, Rebecca Magalhães, Director, LLLI External Relations and Advocacy, attended and participated in sessions that addressed such issues as maternal and child health, data collection and surveys, HIV and AIDS, breastfeeding, online collaboration for health, urban child survival and community-based newborn health. As a member of the CORE Nutrition Working Group (NWG), Rebecca also participated in NWG sessions to plan the coming year's work plan of activities and assisted in the preparation of the NWG poster presentation. The CORE Group, a membership association of U.S. nongovernmental organizations, works to improve the health and well-being of children and women in developing countries through collaborative NGO action and learning.
LLLI registered Gisèle Laviolle, LLL Leader, France and Heidi Kuonen-Goetz, LLL Leader, Switzerland as LLLI representatives to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) that will be held from May 17-22, 2004 in Geneva Switzerland.
The Women's Peacepower Foundation, Inc. has named Irma (Mimi) de Maza, LLL Leader in Guatemala and member of the LLLI Board of Directors, as a recipient of the Women of Peace Award. Formerly known as the Amigas Award, this award honors women who are involved in cutting-edge society building. Through her work with breastfeeding and mother-to-mother support programs in low-income communities near Guatemala City, Mimi has demonstrated how giving women the opportunity to learn and share information will ultimately develop them as strong agents of change in their communities.
On April 17th, Maria del Mar Mazza, LLLI Liaison/Global Hispanic Community, represented LLLI with a stand that promoted the organization and provided free breastfeeding materials at the 8th annual Dia del Niño Family Festival (Children's Day Family Festival) in Chicago Illinois USA. Sponsored by the Mexican Fine Arts Center and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), the event promoted health, nutrition and physical activities and attracted over 8,000 adults and children, mainly from the Hispanic/Latino community.
7. DOCTOR FROM RUSSIA VISITS LLLI OFFICE
Dr. Gennady Burenkov, an OB/GYN from Vologda, Russia has been a visitor at our Schaumburg, Illinois USA office. He is a guest of the Education and Member Services Department directed by Carol Kolar. He is visiting the US for four months through IREX. IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) is an international nonprofit organization specializing in education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs. Through training, partnerships, education, research, and grant programs, IREX develops the capacity of individuals and institutions to contribute to their societies. IREX's headquarters are based in Washington, DC. IREX administers numerous exchange programs with opportunities for foreign nationals to perform research or receive training in the United States. IREX also administers several programs for US participants to perform research overseas, both individually and collaboratively.
To read a longer article about Dr. Burenkov's visit and next plans for a stay in Texas, USA, follow this link: http://www.lalecheleague.org/chronicle/21russia.html
8. COMMUNITY OUTREACH: LLL OF KANSAS DONATES BOOKS TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES
In January 2004 La Leche League of Kansas donated a copy of the new WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING to the 386 public libraries in the state. Each book had a placard with the Kansas LLL logo that stated that the book had been donated by Kansas LLL and that there were Groups located throughout the state. It also gave the web site address and the US toll free number. Additionally there was a letter to the librarian explaining the donation as well as a press release for the local newspaper.
Within 48 hours of mailing the books, one librarian sent a grateful e-mail to LLL of Kansas at the ACL's address. She said that mothers there would be delighted to have a new edition. Their library's only copy from the 1980's was practically falling apart. LLL of Kansas has reached where no Kansas Leader or Group had gone before! We have since heard from other librarians thanking us for this practical addition to their collection of books.
The Area Council undertook this project as a form of outreach. Kansas is a geographically large although sparsely populated state with 17 LLL Groups. With a WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING in every public library, mothers throughout the state would be able to access LLL's information and philosophy of mothering through breastfeeding. They might be motivated to seek out a near LLL Group and become more involved with LLL as an organization. Donating to the public library was a way for LLL of Kansas to expend our services to families in Kansas. The entire project cost less than $5600 and was paid by Area savings. Everyone involved in the processing of the books felt it was time and money well spent because you never know who will be checking out a book for the local library.
9. LLL CANADA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING SEMINAR
Teresa Pitman BSc, author, freelance journalist and most recently Executive Director of La Leche League Canada will be speaking at the 14th Annual National Breastfeeding Seminar for Health Professionals, running June 3rd and 4th at Auditorium, Humber in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Teresa's presentation will be "Media Messages about Breastfeeding: Issues of Trust, Accuracy and Subtle Biases." To learn more please visit http://www.lalecheleague.org/chronicle/21pitman.html.
10. 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. To learn more about why your contribution helps right now, or to honor a woman who has been a positive influence in your life, visit our 2004 Appeal page at http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor/appeal04.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, Sue Cardus, Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall, Katy Lebbing, Rebecca Magalhães, Jane Tuttle, Jeffrye Glenn Tveraas, and Jennifer Welton.
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