The OnLLLine Chronicle: Issue #3, November 2002
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #3, November 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 Update
3. BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK Revision Available for Ordering
4. Frequently Asked Question: How Can I Make My Return to Work Easier?
5. Changes in Online LLL Chats
6. Area Alumnae Representative Update
7. LLL Finance
8. 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:
*LLLI's most recent press release, on how breastfeeding helps prevent diabetes can be found here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/diabetes2.html
*Information on our external relations and advocacy staff's participation in two global events can be found on the Advocacy pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/advocacy.html
*Two of the Center for Breastfeeding Information's selected bibliographies, on breast implants and on breast cancer, have been updated in the past month. They are listed here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/additional.html
*Two new or revised frequently asked questions have been added, both on working and pumping. One is excerpted below. See them both at http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/FAQSubject.html by clicking on "working and breastfeeding."
*Seven new LLL Group Web pages have been added this month, including one for Guatemala, in three languages: http://www.prairienet.org/llli/Guatemala.html
The LLLI Web site was also featured on US television on November 1, on the show "The Other View." The hosts (all men) asked some very respectful and helpful questions of the LLL Leaders and members in the audience, and the Web site was shown onscreen! Thanks to all who participated!
2. 2003 LLLI CONFERENCE UPDATE
Poster Session Change
The LLLI Conference encourages researchers to submit poster presentation abstracts. The deadline has been extended to February 15. Learn more here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/03conf/poster.html
Award Recipients Announced
LLLI has announced the winners of the 2003 LLLI Awards. The online communication department is especially pleased that the volunteers who answer the LLLI Help Forms will receive the Award for Leaders. In addition, we have learned that the book written by Award of Appreciation winner, Dr. Carlos Gonzalez Rodriguez of Spain, has been translated into German as "Mein Kind will nicht essen".
Kids Are King in San Francisco
While in San Francisco for La Leche League's 18th Breastfeeding Conference, save some time for touring with your tots.
While in San Francisco, kids and parents like to:
*Build a bear at The Basic Brown Bear Factory -- Tours are free, but beware not many families can escape without wanting to buy one bears cost $12-$999
*Explore the world at Bay Area Discovery Museum -- toddlers to tens enjoy one of state's top kid's museums-free on 2nd Saturday of each month after 1 p.m. -- located north end of the Golden Gate Bridge
*Taste peppermint at the Burlingame Museum of Pez -- located just south of San Francisco -- celebrates the peppermint candy that comes with wacky flip-top heads-FREE
*Hang out at the Cable Car Museum -- kids and parents enjoy learning the history and the workings of the only moving National Historic Landmarks
*See the big cats fed Tuesday to Sunday at 2, penguins daily at 3 at the San Francisco Zoo -- free on the first Wednesday of the month
See you at the Conference-July 3-6, 2003, San Francisco, California, USA.
3. NEW BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK!
Order your copy of the completely revised BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, to be shipped in early December.
"The primary challenge in compiling a resource like this, as well as in our work with mothers and babies, is to be constantly open to looking past our own assumptions and to re-examine what we believe to be true."
From the Introduction, by co-author Nancy Mohrbacher:
The new edition of the BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK re-examines what has been believed to be true about:
HIV/AIDS and human milk
More information is available at http://www.lalecheleague.org/books/bab.html
4. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: How Can I Make My Return To Work Easier?
Leaving your baby to return to work is hard, regardless of the feeding method chosen. Review these tips for making the adjustment easier.
*Let your employer know of your pumping needs in advance. This will give you a chance to develop a plan that will work for both of you. Educating your employer about the important health choice you have made and the relatively minor physical accommodations required in the workplace will encourage cooperation. Of course, there are significant employer advantages to continuing breastfeeding once you are back to work. Breastfed babies are half as likely to get sick in the first year of life as those receiving artificial baby milks. If your baby doesn't get sick as often, you will miss less time from work. This is one reason why at least 5 states have enacted legislation to encourage state employees to continue breastfeeding when they return to work.
*At home, discuss with your partner who will shop for food, who will cook and when ordering in is appropriate.
*Make a list of home responsibilities such as cooking, laundry, housekeeping, shopping and errands.
*Determine who is responsible for what. Don't forget childcare responsibilities, including breastfeeding!
*Make the first week back to work a short one by returning late in the week.
*Do as much as possible the night before such as:
+Prepare the diaper bag so you only need to add the milk
+Lay out everyone's clothes
+Set the breakfast table
+Plan and begin the preparation for the next day's dinner.
*Use the crockpot for breakfasts and suppers.
*Have weekly conferences to see how the family is dealing with this new phase and to resolve difficulties.
For additional resources on this topic, please visit the FAQ itself at http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/returnwork.html
5. CHANGES IN ONLINE LLL CHATS
Visit an online LLL meeting and see what all the excitement is about! Our chats, which use AOL Instant Messenger software, are easy to use and lots of fun. We are adding chats as time goes on, and hope to have even more, to meet your needs. Chats are great for an LLL fix in between meetings and as a way to learn about what we are all about. Visit us at http://www.lalecheleague.org/chat/chat.html
Thank you to all the great sponsors who have linked to our chat pages from their Web sites, too -- if your parenting or breastfeeding site puts a link on YOUR page, you could get a listing here, too: http://www.lalecheleague.org/chat/supporters.html
We will soon have our own chat server, thanks to generous donors. We are also very grateful to the Web sites who have recently added links to our chats. If you add a link, let us know and we will add you to our list of supporters. We also have some nice banner graphics you can use. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
6. AREA ALUMNAE REPRESENTATIVE UPDATE
The LLLI Alumnae Association has recently updated its listing of Area Alumnae Representatives. If you are a retired Leader or former member, you may be interested in this program, or in contacting your local representative. There are positions open! http://www.lalecheleague.org/Alumnae/AAR.html
7. LLL FINANCE
At the October LLLI Board meeting, members worked with the Executive Director to clarify and build consensus about priorities for budgeting for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the next year. This includes the need to cut expenses immediately by reducing the number of staff positions in the LLLI registered office. The LLLI Board appreciates the work done by staff members; it is sad to have to end employment for some. The staff reduction will contribute to a more sustainable level of financial activity for LLLI. Brisk sales of the Breastfeeding Answer Book and donations from the annual appeals will also improve the financial situation.
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.
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Contributors: Nancy Jo Bykowski, Lynne Coats, Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall, Christel Opitz-Lüders, Margaret Sondey
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