The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #32, April 2005
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #32, April 2005
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. Update - LLLI/WABA/IBFAN Breastfeeding and Work Book
3. LLLI Celebrates World Health Day
4. Mathieu Chazelle Fund #12
5. Launch of French WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING
6. Alumnae Association Seeks Conference Volunteers
7. LLLI's First Big Party: Report
8. Alumnae Award Winner
9 . News from LLLI Publications
10. Help LLL
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is "Interaction Between Feeding Method and Co-Sleeping on Maternal-Newborn Sleep," by Stephanie I. M. Quillin and L. Lee Glenn. It was published in the Journal of Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing, September-October 2004. The summary is here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html.
*Our Executive Director has challenged US Groups to get 2300 new LLL members between March 15 and August 1. If you are not yet a member, join now -- it will mean a lot to your local Group! If you already are, visit this page for a chart that will let you see how we are doing, and learn how you can help! http://www.lalecheleague.org/memberdrive.html
*Biographical information for the 2005 LLLI Board of Directors are linked on the Board of Directors page. There is also a new page called "Board Responsibilities" linked there: http://www.lalecheleague.org/BOD/BOD.html
*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
*La Leche League's latest press release deals with the topic of World Health Day: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/worldhealth.html
*Two new Frequently Asked Questions revisions include a revision to "What are LLLI's Guidelines for Storing my Pumped Milk?" and an all-new FAQ entitled "Is it Safe to Get a Tattoo while Breastfeeding? Is it Safe to Have a Tattoo Removed while Breastfeeding?"
*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. There is now a Web listing for LLL of India. In addition, seven new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in California, Georgia, Kansas, Oregon, and Missouri. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.
2. UPDATE: LLLI/WABA/IBFAN BREASTFEEDING AND WORK BOOK
Progress on the breastfeeding and work book continues to be made at a steady pace. Personal stories from the breastfeeding and work book have been edited. The group of narratives as a whole is diverse, with the common thread being a mother's determination to breastfeed, despite work and other obstacles. One USA entry, for instance, is from a stand-up comedian who wears her baby in a sling when she performs. Recently she was asked by the manager to leave the facility where she was scheduled to perform as they were not comfortable with her wearing, and especially nursing, a baby. Rather than doing that, the comedian incorporated that incident into her act and has continued to perform at other venues, baby intact, throughout the Los Angeles area.
It is planned that one section of the book will feature breastfeeding-friendly employers. Currently needed are leads for employers of all shapes, sizes, and locations who have demonstrated that they are breastfeeding-friendly and have allowed women ample time to breastfeed. If you know of an employer who has allowed a woman to bring her baby to work, to leave to breastfeed, or offered or provided any other creative solution to help her be able to continue breastfeeding, we'd like to know about it. Please contact email@example.com or RMagalhaes at llli.org with details (name of company/business; title or position of employer/email address/phone number/postal address). Please send your information by Friday, 22 April. Thank you for helping to make this book as useful and helpful as possible to everyone!
3. LLLI CELEBRATES WORLD HEALTH DAY
To celebrate the WHO World Health Day on April 7 that had maternal and child health as the focus, and to deliver the message "Making Every Mother and Child Count - Through Breastfeeding, One Baby at a Time," La Leche League International facilitated the production of a document currently available in English, French, and Spanish. The document relates many of the ways in which breastfeeding is the cornerstone for life-long good health for mothers and children. This document is in PDF format or Microsoft Word in the three languages listed above and is downloadable for utilization where appropriate.
For more information: http://www.lalecheleague.org/advocacy/worldhealthday.html
English version: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WorldHealthDay.pdf
Spanish version: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Lang/WorldHealthDay-Spanish.pdf
French version: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Lang/WorldHealthDay_FRENCH.doc
4. MATTHIEU CHAZELLE FUND NEWS #12
Why do I donate to the Matthieu Chazelle Fund which helps Leaders from countries outside the USA cover some of their costs of being away from home while attending a LLL educational event?
It's because I need those Leaders there. I learn as much from other Leaders at a conference as I learn from the official speakers.
For example, at the LLLI 2003 World's Faire in San Francisco, the Leaders from China gave everyone who visited their table a little red envelope. Inside were tiny rocks representing the exact size of a baby's stomach at birth and at 5-7 days.
At my local LLL meeting, when I pull out that little envelope, mothers express grateful relief as I show them the rocks saying, "Yes, those drops of colostrum you're currently making are exactly enough for your baby."
I have patched and re-patched that envelope, a testament to its use! While the rocks are a great teaching tool, the curiosity they evoke helps defuse the stress a new mom feels in those first days after birth as she and her baby learn to breastfeed. When this mother then shares these rocks with her family and friends she is increasing her self-confidence while sharing information realizing that, yes, she is meeting her baby's needs.
I understand the stone idea comes from pages that I haven't yet read in Linda Smith's Coach's Notebook. But the Leaders in China had read them! I cannot thank the LLLAsia Leaders enough for their kindness in putting rocks in their suitcases (imagine!) sharing this wonderful teaching tool with other Leaders. I can't wait to see what other International Division Leaders will teach me in Washington, D.C. this July.
So please join me in making a donation to the "Matthieu Chazelle Fund," c/o Cecily Harkins, ID Treasurer, 4055 South West 48th Place, Portland, OR 97221-3735 USA. Help us help the Leaders who are spending so many extra days in travel to join us at the conference. We'll all benefit!
Thank you to the following donors who have already responded to our first MCF e-letter. -- Cecily Harkins.
5. LAUNCH OF FRENCH WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING
Melanie Doyle, Executive director of Ligue La Leche, in Canada reports that the launch of their French version of THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING will be on May 14th. You can view the invitation and the cover page (in French) at http://www.lalecheleague.org/images/invitationfinale.pdf.
At the launch event, Ligue La Leche will have mothers of twenty-four babies from 0-24 months old (one per month), to represent the WHO recommendation to breastfeed up to twenty-four months and older. They will also have tandem nursing siblings, twins, a first baby, an adopted baby... and more!
The launch will occur at 10 am at:
Salle Marcel Pépin
1212, rue Panet
If you are in the neighborhood, you are invited to attend.
6. ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION SEEKS CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS
Give back the love! Help the Alumnae Association share the love that so many of us enjoyed as breastfeeding mothers, Leaders, and League friends by volunteering with the Alumnae Association during the LLLI Conference in Washington, DC. We have opportunities at the Navigating the Conference Table, at the World's Faire, and during Rejuvenation Sessions... among others. To sign up, please email Meg Sondey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. LLLI'S FIRST BIG PARTY: REPORT
Were you at the party Sunday? Have you heard about the new LLLI 50th Anniversary Fund house parties?
Our first round of simultaneous parties took place last weekend, and LLLI Founder, Edwina Froehlich, was on the phone to tell us how she has seen LLL change the world in the past 49 years. Executive Director, Hedy Nuriel, was a special guest at a party in New York City. Supporters of LLL gathered in homes in Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina, and in a restaurant in Oklahoma.
More parties are being held in upcoming weeks and months! Take a look at http://www.partyhostcenter.com/lalecheleague to see if there is a LLLI 50th Anniversary Fund house party fundraiser in your town.
Don't see one? Make plans to host your own party for a future date. You can schedule a house party any time you like! You'll find all the information you need to plan your event at www.partyhostcenter.com/lalecheleague.
And if you don't feel like partying, you can still make a donation to an individual party or directly to the 50th Anniversary Fund at our secure web site: https://www.lalecheleague.org/cc_contribHOUSEPARTY.html. Help us reach our goal of raising $500,000 by the end of our anniversary year in 2007!
Our second simultaneous party date will be June 12 with Founder Viola Lennon on the phone. Opportunities abound for you to share your support for LLL with members of your community!
See you at an anniversary party,
Stephanie Weishaar, sweishaar at llli.org
8. ALUMNAE AWARD WINNER
The LLLI Alumnae Association is pleased to announce the winner of our 2005 Alumnae Award:
Marjie Hathaway. Almost 50 years ago, Marjie and her husband Jay teamed up with Dr. Robert Bradley to found the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth, teaching the Bradley method of natural childbirth. Marjie was a LLL Leader for 25 years. She has worked for over three decades to change the way that mothers and fathers view birth and their relationships with health care providers. The impact of her work has moved far beyond the United States. She was directly influenced by the La Leche League Founders in the early days, and her work influenced our early principles. Her teachings and the strength of her convictions have influenced the lives of mothers, fathers, babies, siblings, health professionals, and countless others. Her League roots empowered her to maintain a long-lasting and totally committed contribution to the family health throughout the world. Marjie will be at the Alumnae Tea on July 4, 2005, to receive the award. She richly deserves our honor and appreciation!
9. NEWS FROM LLLI PUBLICATIONS
1. New books from LLLI debut at LLLI Conference in July 2005.
*ADVENTURES IN GENTLE DISCIPLINE, by Hilary Flower, Illustrations by Beth Hanson, Foreword by Katie Allison Granju. From the author of ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING, this book explores discipline tools such as redirection and natural consequences, and takes an eye-opening look at time-outs and rewards. Quotes and essays from a variety of mothers show creative adaptations of gentle discipline methods in different families. Gentle cartoons give a glimpse of the humorous side of parenting.
*MY CHILD WON'T EAT!, a translation of the original Spanish-language Mi Nino no me Come, by Dr. Carlos Gonzalez. Takes a light-hearted look at the eating habits of older babies and toddlers and encourages mothers that every child is different.
Information about advance sale prices will be available by the end of May.
2. Future projects
*MAKING MORE MILK, by Diana West, IBCLC, RLC, and Lisa Marasco, IBCLC, RLC. New from two well-known experts and LLL Leaders. Offers reassurance that most mothers are able to make plenty of milk, complete descriptions of possible causes of milk supply problems, and an assortment of old and new suggestions for improving milk supply if necessary.
*WORKING AND BREASTFEEDING -- A WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVE. Collection of personal stories from breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home.
*POCKET GUIDE TO THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, RLC
*Complete revision of the LLLI classic MOTHERING MULTIPLES. The previous edition is no longer available from LLLI.
*Tear-off sheet on environmental chemicals in human milk.
*LC Unit on Overactive Let-Down and Overabundant Milk Supply. Describes symptoms, contributing factors, and treatments for this common condition.
3. New from LLLI Publications
*Jaundice in the breastfed baby. Tear-off sheet summarizes causes of jaundice and how treatments may affect the breastfeeding relationship.
*Sore Nipples. Updated pamphlet covers all the latest information about prevention and treatment for nipple soreness. Available soon.
*Appropriate Introduction of Complementary Foods into the Diet of the Exclusively Breastfed Infant. This research-based discussion confirms classic LLL recommendations about starting solids for the breastfed baby, pointing out the inferiority of cereals as a first food and the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. by Judith Roepke, PhD, RD.
Study Module No. 1669-25, $30.00
LC Unit No. 1700-37, $4.00
*Facts about breastfeeding 2005. Brief summaries of current research about breastfeeding. Available as a single sheet or in pads of 50.
No. 1644-17, $ .60 (single sheets)
No. 1645-27, $5.50 (pads)
*2005 LLLI Pocket Planner. Makes a great thank-you gift for Group Workers and co-leaders. No. 1563-16, $1.95.
Check the LLLI Web site catalogue page for availability of new items or to order other products today.
Surface mail: LLLI, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5194
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.
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, Melanie Doyle, Cecily Harkins, Jennifer Hicks, Sue Ann Kendall, Rebecca Magalhaes, Meg Sondey, and Stephanie Weishaar
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