The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #28, December 2004
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #28, December 2004, REVISION
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. Lots and Lots of LLLI Publications News
3. 2005 LLLI Conference Poster Presentations
4. Update on Book about Breastfeeding and Work Stories
5. LLLI Representation at Gender Training in Malaysia
6. Online Survey Winner and Results
7. Free Book Spreads Family Fun
8. End of Year Appeal (NEW)
9. Help LLL
10. LLLI Web Site Tip of the Month
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is "Breastfeeding Success among Infants with Congenital Heart Disease," an article from the Journal Pediatric Nursing: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html
*On the 2005 Seminar for Physicians pages, we have added the exhibit prospectus in PDF format. If you have something you wish to share with professionals who support breastfeeding mothers, check this out! http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/PhysSem05.html The prospectus for the 2005 LLLI Conference, which attracts large numbers of breastfeeding mothers and lay breastfeeding counselors, is also available. It is linked from the LLLI Conference pages, in the left-hand column of links. http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/05conf.html
*For LLL Leaders, links to actions from the November 2004 Board of Directors meeting that were mentioned last month have been revised, and are still linked at
*The online LLLI catalogue features three new items, Alebrijes Carved Figurines. These are beautiful carvings of mothers and babies that make wonderful gifts for anyoccasion. Each carving is unique.
*Our convenient Web listing of advertisers from our publications, NEW BEGINNINGS and LEAVEN, have been updated. If you have any shopping to do, consider supporting businesses that support LLLI! http://www.lalecheleague.org/valued.html
*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 drop-down menu listing all countries and regions with LLL sites. Thirteen new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in California, Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.
2. LOTS AND LOTS OF LLLI PUBLICATIONS NEWS!
A. Now available -- revisions of important pamphlets:
"Nipple Confusion: What's Real and What's Not?" Completely revised to help the mother whose baby has trouble latching on to the breast regardless of what she (or her care provider) believes is the cause. Incorporates currently-used language and describes asymmetrical latch. Describes "reverse pressure softening" for help with engorged breasts and discusses the occasional appropriate use of nipple shields. No. 1616-17, $ .95.
"Breastfeeding a Baby with a Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate." Revised to reflect current research and current care practices. Provides suggestions for breastfeeding as effectively as possible before corrective surgery. No. 1613-24, $2.50.
Another newly revised pamphlet is "Help for Sore Breasts," No. 1564-17, $ .95.
New tear-off sheet, "Persistent Diarrhea in Babies and Toddlers," replaces the previous pamphlet, "Persistent Diarrhea: Could it be Lactose Intolerance?" Condenses the material and emphasizes the most common causes of stool variations in babies and toddlers. No. 1557-27, pad of 50, $5.50.
B. Order your 2005 LLLI Pocket Planner today! Ideal for keeping track of important meetings and dates! Makes a great thank-you gift for Group Workers and co-leaders. No. 1563-16, $1.95.
C. New and Revised LC Units and Study Modules now available. LC Units offer an economical source of information on specific technical topics for breastfeeding counselors. Study Modules offer continuing education credits for many health care providers. (No discounts apply to Study Modules or LC Units.)
"Breastfeeding and the Sexual Abuse Survivor," by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, RLC, offers information on different strategies for helping the breastfeeding mother who has suffered abuse, descriptions of different reactions of breastfeeding mothers, and suggestions for maintaining appropriate emotional boundaries as a lactation counselor. Study Module No. 1562-25, $20.00. (Also available as an LC Unit. No. 1561-19, $4.00.)
"The Hospitalized Nursing Baby: Meeting the Needs of Mothers, Babies, and Families in Health Care Settings." This LC Unit has been reprinted and revised to include updated information offered in the Study Module of the same name. Written by Barbara K. Popper, MEd, IBCLC, RLC. No. 1608-19, $4.00.
"Mastitis in Lactating Women," by Marsha Walker, RN, BS, IBCLC, RLC, has been revised to reflect the latest research on this important subject. Includes full-color illustrations. Study Module No. 1605-25, $20.00 (Also available as an LC Unit. No. 1603-19, $4.00.)
D. For a limited time only:
Protecting the Gift
Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)
A leading expert in predicting violent behavior, Gavin de Becker shares his wisdom and experience with parents on protecting children from violence. Protecting the Gift goes beyond "don't talk to strangers" and empowers parents to worry less and trust their intuition more. This book will be available only for a limited time. Softcover, 336 pages.
No. 1615-7, $11.95.
E. Coming attractions:
Study Module and LC Unit on starting complementary foods for the breastfed baby, by Judith Roepke, PhD, RD.
Check the LLLI Web site catalogue page for availability of new items or to order other products today.
Surface mail: LLLI, 1400 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4808
3. 2005 LLLI CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Are you implementing a breastfeeding program or project that would be interesting and useful to others in the world breastfeeding community? Would you like to disseminate the success you are having in your breastfeeding work to an international audience? Are you part of an exciting activity that is really helping mothers to breastfeed? If you can answer "YES" to any one of these questions, you need to check out the information at http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/posterform.html and submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the LLLI 2005 International Conference, July 2-5, 2005 in Washington DC USA. The abstract must be in English but the poster presentation at the Conference can be in English or Spanish. The submission deadline is January 15, 2005. A poster presenter at a past Conference stated: "I can't tell you how much fun I had doing my poster and the great time I had presenting it. I think the variety of countries, ideas, as shown were very uplifting." Come and join in the fun!
4. UPDATE ON BOOK ABOUT BREASTFEEDING AND WORK STORIES
The team involved with the breastfeeding and work book (described last month; see http://www.lalecheleague.org/chronicle/chronicle27.html) is accepting stories from women who are successfully combining breastfeeding and work. Scientists, saleswomen, teachers, midwives and firefighters have written to tell us how they are managing to work and still provide human milk for their children. These woman show incredible creativity and dedication and there is no doubt their stories will inspire other women. One German flight attendant, for instance, pumps in the tiny airplane restroom during her cross-continental flight. She stores enough milk during long trips that her child is still exclusively breastfed.
Though the stories are coming in daily, we are still in need of more. Our hope is that the book will show mothers from every walk of life in many countries. We could use more submissions from women outside the USA. We have representation from Western Europe and South America, but need representation from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition, we would like more stories from low-income women without computer access who may be less likely to have heard of this project. We have French, Spanish, and Portuguese translators who have created solicitations in their respective languages. We are always interested in broadening the pool to include other major languages, if you are interested in joining the translation effort. The deadline for submissions is still over a month away (January 16, 2005), so if you know of anyone whose story would inspire other mothers, please share this information with her or better yet, help her to write her story and submit it. You can go to http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor/story.html for the solicitation guidelines in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Questions can be sent to Globalvoices@peoplepc.com or RMagalhaes at llli.org.
5. LLLI REPRESENTATION AT GENDER TRAINING IN MALAYSIA
Rebecca Magalhaes, Director, External Relations & Advocacy, LLLI and WABA Mother Support Task Force Coordinator, attended a 3 day Gender Training and a 2 day Gender Strategy Meeting, Nov. 29-Dec. 3, in Penang Malaysia, coordinated by the WABA Secretariat. The Gender training, facilitated by the WABA Secretariat, Renu Khanna/India and Paul Sinappan/Malaysia, was attended by 32 persons from 15 countries (New Zealand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique, India, Taiwan, Sweden, Malaysia, USA, Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Costa Rica.) Using presentations, role plays, reading, overnight homework and small group discussions, the trainers guided participants through an effective gender understanding process. Rebecca and twenty other participants attended the Gender Strategy Meeting to discuss the incorporation of gender into WABA materials and programs, with presentations from the task force coordinators and discussions on how gender can be included in task force action plans.
6. ONLINE SURVEY WINNER AND RESULTS
Congratulations to Christine Kanotz!
She won a $50 La Leche League gift basket for her participation in the recent survey that was on our Web site. Thank you to all who took the time to answer this survey; we really appreciate the information. We learned some very interesting things, such as: 45% of the respondents are stay at home mothers, yet 48% are planning on returning to work. We were not surprised to find that 43% of respondents had first heard about La Leche League through friends or family members. We encourage everyone reading this newsletter to continue to let your friends and family members know about us -- you are our best publicity.
7. FREE BOOK SPREADS FAMILY FUN
Do you wonder how to entertain your kids over the summer? Check out the book, "Our Camp, Our Children: A Complete Guide to Starting Your Own Home-Based Cooperative Family Day Camp," written and published by Annette Leibovitz and Diana Carpenter. Based on the authors' experiences running a homegrown summer camp, the book offers affordable, theme-based art, science, and music activities as well as recipes and games. It is approved for LLL Group libraries and was featured in the LLLI Catalogue when it was being sold (Leibovitz has been a Group Leader for more than 15 years).
Sadly, Diana Carpenter died of breast cancer months before the book was printed. Leibovitz now wants to release and move the inventory. So she is making the remaining stock (more than 600 copies) available to Mothering's US readers, for just the cost of shipping and handling: $4.00 per book. Checks can be made to "Our Camp Our Children" and sent to Annette Leibovitz, in care of the following address: 1229 Brandywyn Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. To discuss bulk orders, please email her at email@example.com.
In memory of Diana, part of the profits from the book will go to the Y-Me Cancer Organization.
This information has also been featured on "Mothering" magazine's Web site.
8. END OF YEAR APPEAL
Give a gift for babies, Give a gift for a better world. Please remember La Leche League International in your year-end giving. As of December 15, 2004, LLLI has received 656 donations, totaling $76,140 in response to the end-of-the-year appeal letters. This represents 38% of the goal set by the Funding Development Department for this appeal. We are very grateful to all who have made a gift to support LLLI in our work to help mothers and babies around the world and hope that others can help us reach our goal. For more information, please call 847-519-7730, ext. 240, or go to LLLI's Web site, www.lalecheleague.org
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. You can make a difference for mothers and babies everywhere!
10. LLLI WEB SITE TIP OF THE MONTH
Breastfeeding mothers, La Leche League members, LLL Leaders, as well as others who work with and support breastfeeding mothers (lactation consultants, midwives, doulas, nurses, physicians, nutritionists, peer counselors, etc.) often hunger to meet others with similar interests and concerns, and to learn more about breastfeeding and parenting. La Leche League International offers a variety of ways to learn more about both breastfeeding and helping breastfeeding mothers. All of these are described in detail on the LLLI Web site. Click the words "Conferences/Workshops" from the links at the top of our home page or click on the the image labeled "Conferences/Workshops" to find our special events page: http://www.lalecheleague.org/spec.html
Here you can learn about:
* LLLI Conferences, including the 2005 LLLI Conference next July in Washington, DC USA. Links also will take you to highlights of past conferences -- a great way to bring back memories of conferences you attended in the past. http://www.lalecheleague.org/conferences.html
*La Leche League Area, Division and Affiliate Conferences and Health Professional Seminars. Local LLL Conferences are among the best possible ways to meet families who believe in breastfeeding, learn about parenting, and find books and products to support your parenting goals! Each year (usually in the spring or fall) conferences are held in many US states, as well as in countries around the world. Additionally, there are often offerings for breastfeeding professionals at these conferences or separate health professional meetings for the benefit of those who work with breastfeeding mothers. Most conferences feature well-known speakers, as well as representatives from LLLI. http://www.lalecheleague.org/Area/AreaConf.html
*Seminars for Physicians. Each year LLLI sponsors a two-day meeting for physicians. Each seminar features well-known speakers and cutting edge information. They are held immediately preceding LLLI Conferences, and at other popular locations on alternate years. The Web page for these seminars also lists past conferences, so that you can see what topics have been addressed in the past and who have comprised the faculty. http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/PhysSem.html
*Lactation Specialist Workshops: Each year, LLLI presents a series of workshops for lactation consultants, dietitians, peer counselors and others who work with breastfeeding mothers. Well known breastfeeding experts present the workshops in a variety of locations throughout the US each year. Learn which is the closest to you! http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/LactSpec.html
*Peer Counselor Trainings: La Leche League has devised a wonderful curriculum for training breastfeeding peer counselors. There are also sessions for training women who want to learn to train others as peer counselors. Our Peer Counselor pages describe the program and list upcoming trainings and locations. http://www.lalecheleague.org/ed/PeerCounsel.html
We hope you will join us at an event after checking out our web offerings about our conferences, workshops and trainings!
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Contributors: Nancy Jo Bykowski, Jenn Hopkin, Sue Ann Kendall, Annette Leibovitz, and Rebecca Magalhães
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