The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #22, June 2004
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #22, June 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. News from LLL Uruguay
3. LLLI Transportation Update
4. Breastfeeding in the News
5. Looking for Logo Fabric
6. Reaching Out: LLLI's Recent Advocacy Activities
7. What's New in LLLI Publications
8. US Health and Human Services Breastfeeding Campaign Details
9. World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations
10. Help LLL
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
*LLLI's most recent press release, entitled "La Leche League International Applauds Breastfeeding Campaign" contains some very good news for parents in the US who might otherwise not know about the benefits of breastfeeding or the consequences of choosing other feeding methods. http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/campaign2.html
*Our collection of information on US breastfeeding laws has been updated to include recently passed legislation in Colorado and Oklahoma. http://www.lalecheleague.org/LawBills.html
*Articles from the March-April and May-June 2004 issues of LLLI's bimonthly publication for members, NEW BEGINNINGS, have been uploaded. They are conveniently listed together on our issue-by-issue list of articles. Remember, if you are looking for more articles and support on a particular topic, you can always use our list that groups articles by topic. Highlights include a lengthy article on postpartum depression, at http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBMayJune04p84.html and an article on maternal nutrition during breastfeeding, at http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBMarApr04p44.html
*The 2005 LLLI Conference pages now have more details on speakers and their presentations, plus photos of many of the speakers. Check this page often for more about Washington DC in July 2005:
*Registration is now underway for TEAM 2004, an LLL Leader event for any US Leader, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri from July 8-10. It is sponsored by the US Western Division, and is preceded by a Health Professional Day entitled "Breastfeeding: Learning for success!" Featured speakers are Barbara Wilson Clay, BSed, IBCLC and Jan Riordan, EdD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
More on TEAM 2004: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Area/TEAM04.html
More on the continuing education day: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Area/TEAM04ContinuingEd.htm
*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.
*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. Two new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in North Carolina and Michigan. A new Group in Italy has also been linked in. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.
2. NEWS FROM LLL URUGUAY
In November 2000 La Leche League Leaders from all over Latin America gathered in Puerto Rico for their Regional Workshop entitled "Sowing Seeds". As a part of this workshop many of them received the Training of Trainers for Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. The Leaders from Uruguay returned to their country, eager to duplicate this idea.
By 2002 they had joined in cooperative agreement with government and civil organizations in Uruguay to provide the training in a test population. For their first project they trained 20 peer counselors and just recently completed the evaluation of this process. The results were so positive that the government's Health Agency wants to duplicate it all over the country, focusing on high risk population areas. So far, the trainings have taken place in 8 community outreach centers in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital and one in Maldonado. This outreach is made possible by the financial backing of the Interamerican Development Bank, the government of Uruguay and La Leche League of Uruguay who provides training, materials and oversight to the project.
Truly seeds have been sown that are now bringing fruit. We hope many more Leaders will be inspired to creatively reach out into their communities at our next Regional Workshop in Jalapa, Mexico, September 16-19, 2004. For information on attending this workshop or to help bring this educational experience to more Leaders in these developing nations, please contact Norma Escobar, Regional Administrator of Leaders - Latin America at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. LLLI TRANSPORTATION UPDATE
Last month, we reported that contributions were needed to help the LLL office in Schaumburg, Illinois purchase a new vehicle for transporting packages and visitors around the area. We are happy to report that some good donations have come in! Area LLL Conferences in Southern California/Nevada, Texas and elsewhere took collections that have upped the total by a few thousand dollars. To the Area (or Affiliate) that brings in the most money, LLLI 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.
Individual contributions are also very welcome -- with just a few more, our vital shipments and our valued guests will soon be riding in style in a nice, sensible used van! 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
We heard that many enjoyed the links to breastfeeding articles on the World Wide Web that we shared last month. Please bear in mind that none of them are sponsored by LLLI, and that they are presented for informational purposes only. Here are some items that have come in during the past month:
*Benefits Of Breast-Feeding Wide Ranging
*Breastfed babies make happier adults: Bond between nursing mother and child is a factor, researcher says
*Study: Mouth Bacteria May Defend Against AIDS Virus
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. LOOKING FOR LOGO FABRIC
The LLLI Alum Association is collecting the old LLL logo fabric. If you have some and want to let it go, please mail it to, or contact:
4564 Winderwood Circle
Orlando, FL 32835
We appreciate your sharing! We are planning to use it to make hats, slings, decorations and other items for the 2005 conference and the 2007 50th anniversary conference.
6. REACHING OUT: RECENT LLLI ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES
Rebecca Magalhães, Director, External Relations & Advocacy, represented La Leche League International at the annual Spring membership meeting of the CORE Group (The Child Collaborations and Resources Group) in Baltimore Maryland USA on May 3-7. Joining more than 150 participants, the LLLI representative 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 LLLI/United Nations Representatives, Gisèle Laviolle, LLL Leader, France and Heidi Kuonen-Goetz, LLL Leader, Switzerland attended the 57th World Health Assembly (WHA) held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 17-22, 2004. An LLLI statement was prepared and delivered during the proceedings. A report and the statement will be posted soon on the Advocacy section of the LLLI web site: http://www.lalecheleague.org/advocacy.html
7. WHAT'S NEW IN LLLI PUBLICATIONS
New! Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding Mothers (LC Unit)
by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
This two-part lactation consultant unit provides descriptions of symptoms of postpartum depression and an overview of probable causes. Includes an extensive discussion of both conventional and alternative treatments available. 24 pages.
1468-19, $6.00 (no discount)
Breastfeeding after a Cesarean Birth (revised)
Discusses the effects a cesarean birth can have on breastfeeding. Explains how to breastfeed comfortably, use of artificial nipples, medications and breastfeeding, and positioning.
Newly revised LLLI Book Catalogue
Includes all LLLI-published books and bulk discount pricing. This 12-page catalogue is ideal for first-class mailings and new mother packets. Also good for informational packets for bookstores or libraries or for fundraising opportunities such as World Breastfeeding Week.
Newly revised LLLI Spanish Catalogue
This 8-page catalogue includes all Spanish-language books available from LLLI.
World Breastfeeding Week T-shirts
Order shirts for your Group by July 15 to ensure that they will be delivered in time for World Breastfeeding Week. Read more about them on the flyer at: http://www.lllusa.org/lllusa/images/LLLIshirtflyer.pdf
M, L, XL: $9.95 (10 or more $7.50); XXL: $11.00 (10 or more $9.00);
Children's sizes, $8.00 (10 or more $6.75)
Mother and Sleeping Baby note cards
These beautiful note cards depict the warmth, serenity, and closeness of the mother-baby bond.
1529-16, set of eight, $5.50
Sale (no Leader or member discounts)
THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK Set
by Nancy Mohrbacher & Julie Stock
This book is the definitive resource for those who are dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed. Set includes 2003 BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK in hardcover format and on searchable CD-ROM.
1278-22, Regular $110.00, SALE $95.00
Surface mail: LLLI, 1400 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4808
8. US HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BREASTFEEDING CAMPAIGN DETAILS
While everyone in the LLL community in the US is excited about the new Health and Human Services breastfeeding advocacy campaign (see our media release, "LLLI Applauds Breastfeeding Campaign," at http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/campaign2.html), not all of us have had the opportunity to see the public service announcements (PSAs) developed by the Ad Council. If you are interested, these PSAs are available online at the following Web page:
There are two television ads plus two radio spots, one for country music stations and one for soul. There is also a print ad in English and one in Spanish. As you may have heard, the ads use humor and irony to convey the risks of not breastfeeding. We're still chuckling around the office at the country song about "Momma" that includes lines like, "That woman could lactate like nobody's business," and ends with, "Y'all breastfeed now, y'hear?"
You will also be happy to see a link to our very own LLLI Web site on the Ad Council site at:
Our volunteer Leaders and trained 800 line staff are preparing for an increase in phone calls and we all look forward to the new focus on the importance of breastfeeding. We hope this campaign will bring public attention and support that enables LLL to reach more mothers and babies in the USA and beyond.
9. WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK CELEBRATIONS
More than 230 US La Leche League Groups, Chapters, Areas and other entities (including the US Western Division and LLL Online) are busy planning exciting activities to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in August. Events are already underway in some places, and the public is welcome to attend, participate and assist with organizing activities. The LLLUSA World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations Web pages will tell you how to get started, and our list of participating Groups and list of event details will help you find a WBW Event near you to join in. Help La Leche League celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding to mother and baby by joining us! If you are planning an event, don't forget to register it and post the details -- the links below will explain more:
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, Norma Escobar, Mary Hurt, Janet Jendron, Sue Ann Kendall, Rebecca Magalhães, and Stephanie Weishaar
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