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The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #31, March 2005

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #31, March 2005

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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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Featuring:

1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. LLLI representation at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
3. 2005 LLLI Conference: Peer Counselor Trainings
4. 50th Anniversary House Party FAQ
5. LLL Deutschland Conference
6. IBLCE Executive Director Search
7. LLLI Conference Highlights
8. LLLI Conference Program in Spanish
9. Programa de la Conferencia Internacional de la Liga de la Leche en español
10. News from LLLI Publications
11. Help LLL

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1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE

*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is "Current Status of HIV and Breastfeeding Research" and was published in LLLI's own BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS. The summary is here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html. You can also read the entire article here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/ba/Feb05.html.

*One other recent BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS lead article has recently been added to the LLLI Web site:
"Evaluating Medications for Lactating Women"http://www.lalecheleague.org/ba/Nov04.html

*As detailed in items 8 and 9 below, Spanish information on the 2005 LLLI Conference has been added to our site. http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/ProgramEspanol.pdf

*We have added a new Frequently Asked Questions file on the topic of "Why Should I Wear My Baby in a Sling?" http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/babywearing.html

*LLLI's latest media release on the importance of breastfeeding for women's goals is available at http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/goals.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 choose a country from our convenient drop-down menu listing all countries and regions with LLL sites. Three new countries or autonomous regions are now represented: Bahrain, Catalunya and Syria. Eight new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in Alaska, California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.

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2. LLLI REPRESENTATION AT THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)

Judy LeVan Fram and Kate Sharp, LLL Leaders, joined breastfeeding advocacy groups and 6,000 delegates at the 49th Session of the CSW, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, USA, Feb. 28 to March 11. Prior to the meeting, LLLI worked with 5 breastfeeding organizations to develop a document entitled "2005 Progress Report on Breastfeeding: Ten Years After Beijing", that was used at the different workshops and sessions as a handout and a tool to initiate discussion with other delegates on breastfeeding. The paper can be viewed and downloaded at http://lalecheleague.org/advocacy/beijingprogress.html. A press release on this activity was sent out by the LLLI Public Relations Department: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/goals.html

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3. 2005 LLLI CONFERENCE: PEER COUNSELOR TRAININGS

The LLLI Peer Counselor Program wishes to invite all those interested in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding to our up coming Peer Counselor and Train the Trainer (Program Administrator) training workshops just prior to our 19th International Conference in Washington, DC. The workshops will be held June 29, 30, July 1 & 2nd, 2005 at the Hilton Washington.

The Train the Trainers (Peer Counselor Program Administrator) in Washington, DC will be a unique international experience with participants from around the world attending. This training will give those interested in beginning a Peer Counselor Program the necessary tools and resources to initiate a program in their local neighborhoods or within an agency. The training is for those already versed in the basics of breastfeeding as we will address the administrative end heavily. R CERPS are available for this course.

The Peer Counselor Course is open to those interested in supporting breastfeeding within their own communities or healthcare agencies. This is for those who already know how important breastfeeding is to the healthy development of the baby and the mother and want to learn more about it. This is a basic breastfeeding course with emphasis on how to support breastfeeding women and their babies with breastfeeding.

For more information, please contact Kathy Baker at kbaker at llli.org or go to the Peer Counselor pages of the LLLI website, www.lalecheleague.org

**Looking for a way to make your love for breastfeeding a career? Join us at the LLLI pre-conference workshop, Career Paths in Lactation, July 2nd, 2005 from 1-5 pm in Washington DC. Learn how the different areas of support can put you on a path to your breastfeeding career goals, see and hear the differences and similarities, and feel the passion as representatives from the Peer Counselor Program, the LLLI Leader Dept, IBCLC and Lactation educators come together to answer your questions.

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4. 50TH ANNIVERSARY HOUSE PARTY FAQ

Have you made plans to host a House Party for the LLLI 50th Anniversary Fund yet? What are you waiting for? Last month's Online Chronicle announced this exciting new fundraiser. Please take a look at http://www.partyhostcenter.com/lalecheleague to get started. Still not sure? Read this brief FAQ and get inspired!

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Q: I'm not much of a hostess. How can I get involved in this fundraiser?

A: House parties can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. Some hostesses may choose to serve a meal and others will be happy with cheese and crackers. If you really don't feel up to having people at your house, consider teaming up with another woman and share the duties. You could plug the information into the party website while she cleans her kitchen! You might also consider asking a local restaurant to donate space for a party. Find one with a party room or schedule your party at a time when they are not typically busy.

Q: Who would I invite to a house party?

A: Many of us will think of our LLL friends as obvious guests. Leaders and Members who already support the organization are likely to enjoy this event and give generously. Do think outside your typical LLL circle, though, when building a guest list. This could be your best opportunity to involve members of your congregation, neighbors, work colleagues, and family who do not otherwise have a connection to LLLI. People like giving to other people and if they learn that you care about LLL, that may be all it takes to encourage them to support LLL as well. Consider inviting local business owners, health care professionals, politicians – anyone who cares about mothers and babies!

Q: What's this about the Founders being on conference calls?

A: Although you can host a party any day or time, you may want to join us for one of seven simultaneous party days. On those days, you can dial into a conference call with one of the LLL Founders at a particular time. The first call is on Sunday, April 17 with Edwina Froehlich. Future dates will be announced on the party site and through LLLI News. All you need is a speakerphone for your guests to enjoy a brief visit with one of the Founders!

Q: How much should I expect to raise at my party?

A: Every hostess will have a different goal but it does help to set one. Most people will give more money if there is not a specific donation requested, so we encourage you to publicize your goal amount and then ask that guests give as generously as they can. Think about your guest list when forming your goal. Do you expect to have 10 people who you think can give $25 each? Then set your goal around $250. Are you hoping for more people? Or fewer people but bigger individual donations? Some hostesses like to set a high goal to encourage guests to stretch and donate a bit more than usual. Others anticipate guests will throw in small donations to cover her cost of food. LLLI hopes to raise $500,000 by 2007 so we do want you to be as successful as possible. But every dollar contributed is a chance to support more mothers and babies.

Q: I'm not a fundraising person. How will I convince people to make donations?

A: Studies show that people give to causes that make changes in the world that they would like to see. Who among your friends and neighbors is not interested in healthier babies, happier moms, a cleaner environment, and more efficient economies? All you have to do is share your enthusiasm for the work of LLLI and have some information available for those who ask questions. If you are comfortable saying a few words at your party about why YOU support LLLI, that would be great. If not, consider planning your party for one of the simultaneous party days and let the Founder on the conference call make the pitch for you. Or think of a person in your town who was helped by LLL and ask her to speak with your guests for a few minutes.

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5. LLL DEUTSCHLAND CONFERENCE

German information on the upcoming LLL Deutschland Conference, September 23-25, 2005, will be found on their Web site in May, at http://www.lalecheliga.de/. More information can be found now by contacting Eva Stroh Eva.Stroh@lalecheliga.de (she speaks English).

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6. IBLCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director.

Twenty years ago, La Leche League International provided a loan for a new organization to develop a certification for lactation consultants. This organization grew into what we know today as IBLCE- the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. For the past 20 years, IBLCE has been under the direction of long-time LLL Leader, JoAnne Scott. Unfortunately, JoAnne Scott, IBLCE Executive Director has resigned due to health reasons.

The IBLCE is searching for a new Executive Director. IBLCE has asked that the ED search include La Leche League Leaders around the world in honor of JoAnne's legacy.

Please send all inquiries to the IBLCE.

For the complete job description, please go to http://www.iblce.org/edsearch.htm. If you are interested yourself or know qualified candidates for the position, please share the posting with them and feel free to post to other relevant email lists of which you are a member.

Here is part of the posting:

The IBLCE is seeking an Executive Director who must be dedicated to the organization's mission, has strong leadership and collaborative skills, and demonstrates unquestionable integrity. This person maintains a key leadership position and assumes responsibility for implementing the strategic goals and objectives in line with the philosophy and mission set in place. Responsibilities include directing day-to-day operations of an organization with a yearly budget of one million dollars, managing six FTEs (full time equivalent employees) at the Falls Church Office and supervising two international independent contractors, assisting the Board to fulfill its governance role, and working directly with Board and Committee members.

Thank you to La Leche League for allowing us to share this job posting.

Wendy Brodribb
Chairman of the Board of IBLCE
iblce@iblce.org
http://www.iblce.org

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7. LLLI CONFERENCE UPDATE

Registration for The La Leche League International Conference, July 2-5, 2005 at the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC is now available on line.

You are sure to be delighted by the speakers and topics of the almost one hundred sessions on breastfeeding, parenting, and personal development.

Session 315, The Evolutionary Basis of Breastfeeding in Humans has been replaced by Breastfeeding and Emergency Situations. In the event of war, famine, drought, earthquake or any other crisis , the existing health risks of bottle and formula-feeding are greatly increased due to such variables as a limited and possibly contaminated water supply, lack of proper storage, and crowding which increases exposure to illness. One of the most important measures that can be taken in an emergency situation is the support of breastfeeding.

Randa Saadeh, MSc, R.D., technical officer of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization, will bring to the session recent information on how the World Health Organization responded to the Tsunami in South Asia, particularly in its support for breastfeeding women affected by this disaster.

LLLI Founder Edwina Froehlich and LLL of Honduras Founder Judy Canahuati will answer the question How Old is Old? (Session 205) and share with Conference attendees how to make the most of aging and healthful practices that lead to an active, vigorous life. These enthusiastic women will share their experience and helpful hints on how you can stay young no matter your chronological age. A third speaker will be announced later.

Randa Saadeh, MSc, R.D., technical officer of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization, will bring to the session recent information on how the World Health Organization responded to the Tsunami in South Asia, particularly in its support for breastfeeding women affected by this disaster.

Be sure to check out the other outstanding speakers and topics. You won't want to miss Breastfeeding-Ancient Art, Modern Miracle. http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/05conf.html

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8. LLLI CONFERENCE PROGRAM IN SPANISH

La Leche League International is pleased to announce that the LLLI International Conference Program is in Spanish!!! You can find the program on the LLLI web site http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/05conf.html and also on the Spanish LLLI web site http://www.laleche.org/LangEspanol.html. The 19th International Conference - Breastfeeding: Ancient Art, Modern Miracle - will offer exciting sessions that deal with everything from breastfeeding and parenting to personal development. The Spanish version of the conference program lists sessions that will be carried out in Spanish, provides information on the sessions that have simultaneous interpretation to Spanish, includes information on the Global Sessions where there will be table discussions in Spanish, introduces the Latin Room and has other useful information. If you know someone from the USA Hispanic community or from Latin America who may be interested in attending the Conference, please share this news with them. Take advantage of this opportunity!

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9. PROGRAMA DE LA CONFERENCIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA LIGA DE LA LECHE EN ESPAÑOL

La Liga de la Leche Internacional se enorgullece en anunciar que el Programa de la Conferencia Internacional de la Liga esta en español!!! Usted puede encontrar el programa en la pagina web de la Liga http://www.lalecheleague.org/05conf/05conf.html y también en la pagina de la Liga en español http://www.laleche.org/LangEspanol.html. La XIX Conferencia Internacional - Lactancia Materna: Arte Antiguo, Milagro Moderno – ofrecerá sesiones muy interesantes que van desde lactancia y paternidad hasta el desarrollo personal. La versión en español del programa de la conferencia lista las sesiones que serán en español, provee información de las sesiones que tendrán interpretación simultanea al español, incluye información sobre las Sesiones Globales donde habrá mesas de discusión en español, presenta al Salón Latino y ofrece mucha más información. Si usted conoce a alguna persona de la comunidad latina de EEUU o alguna persona de Latino América quien podría estar interesado en asistir a la Conferencia, por favor comparta esta noticia con ellos. ¡Tome ventaje de esta oportunidad!

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10. NEWS FROM LLLI PUBLICATIONS

1. Available now

Facts about breastfeeding 2005. Brief summaries of current research about breastfeeding. Available as a single sheet or in a pad of 50.
No. 1644-17, $ .60 (single sheet)
No. 1645-27, $5.50 (pad)

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.

2. Available soon

Newborn Jaundice. Tear-off sheet summarizes causes of jaundice and how treatments may affect the breastfeeding relationship.
No. 1689-27, $5.50 (pad of 50)

Check the LLLI Web site catalogue page today for availability of new items or to order other products.

Order by:
Fax: 847-519-0035
Web: http://www.lalecheleague.org/catalog.html
Surface mail: LLLI, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5194

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11. 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!

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SPREAD THE WORD!

If you like keeping up with LLL and want your friends to also keep up to date, please forward this message to others so they can also subscribe FREE. Or send them this link: http://www.lalecheleague.org/chronicle.html

Contributors: Kathy Baker, Nancy Jo Bykowski, Gabi Hohmann, Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall, Cathy Liles, Rebecca Magalhães, Maria del Mar Mazza, and Stephanie Weishaar

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contents copyright 2005 La Leche League International. Permission is granted to forward this newsletter in its entirety.

La Leche League International
957 N. Plum Grove Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-5194USA
847-519-7730 fax: 847-519-0035 orders: 847-519-9585 llli at llli.org

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