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The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #33, May 2005

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #33, May 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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Welcome to our biggest issue ever!

1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. Save Money by Registering Today
3. LLLI Conference World Faire
4. Mathieu Chazelle Fund #13
5. US World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations
6. Alumnae Association News
7. Chat Live and in Person with the Founders at the LLLI Conference
8. LLLI Conference Resource Fair
9 . News from LLLI Publications
10. Father Support at the LLLI Conference
11. LLL Leader Provides Technical Assistance for Breastfeeding to Ministry of Health, Iraq
12. WABA Gender Training Workshop on July 6 and 7
13. LLLI Executive Director Attends CORE Meeting
14. LLLI 50th Anniversary Fund House Party Fundraiser Update
15. Help LLL



*We were happy to see that our Web site hits for fiscal year 2004-2005 were great! We had over 78 million hits, and over 4 million individual visitors -- 1.2 million more than in the previous fiscal year. Thank you for using the La Leche League International Web site. We look forward to providing you with many exciting new services in the year to come -- improved online store, a members-only area and more!

*If you want to learn more about what the LLLI Web Services staff does to help mothers and babies breastfeed and to help Leaders support mothers, we invite you to visit the 2005 LLLI Conference Technology Room web pages at You can find out what will be going on at the Conference and also find out what activities we'll be offering for those of you who cannot attend! For example, you will be able to read "blogs" by a variety of conference attendees, listen to "podcasts" -- broadcasts of interviews, conference sessions and other events that you can listen to on your personal MP3 player or computer, attend an online chat with a conference speaker, or see images of conference activities -- it will be almost like being there!

*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is "Overweight in Children and Adolescents." It was published in the journal Circulation in 2005. The summary is here:

*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!

*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 Manila, Philippines. In addition, twenty-eight (wow!) new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in California, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. One California Group is for speakers of Japanese. La Leche League of Kentucky also has a new Web site.To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages:



Register today to take advantage of early bird registration prices for the La Leche League International Conference to be held July 2-5, 2005, at the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC, USA.

The 19th La Leche League International Breastfeeding Conference—Breastfeeding: An Ancient Art—A Modern Miracle offers you the opportunity to:

• Participate in pre-conference workshops on working and breastfeeding, motivational styles, career paths in lactation counseling, and more
• Earn Continuing Education Credits
• Network with participants from around the world
• Explore the opportunities within the Peer Counselor Program
• Walk and shop around the world of breastfeeding at the World Faire
• Choose from almost one hundred inspiring sessions on breastfeeding, parenting, and personal development.

Register online at:
To obtain a registration form email Kimberly Rueter at Education at or call her at 847-519-7730, ext. 201.

Fax registration forms to 847-297-5086.
Mail registration forms to La Leche League Registration, PO Box 2686, Des Plaines, IL 60018, USA.



The World Faire is coming! And we hope to help! A perennially popular Conference event, we are always awed by the incredible sales items and displays. To help you as you explore this international bazaar, we're putting together an unofficial and informal guide on the Community Network (for LLL Leaders/Alumnae only). Just log onto the CN, click the "Discussions" tab, and go to the "worldsfaireguide" discussion. While there, you can post your information not only in a message, but also add it to our "wiki" -- a document that can be edited by all discussion members. You can enter as much or as little information about what your Area or Group or LLL entity will be bringing -- and if you have any questions about items already posted, you can send a message to the list and get your questions answered before you even start your trip to DC! Questions? Confused? Feel free to email Meg Sondey at and she'll help you through the process.



Tere Ortega, from Aguascaliente Mexico, is one of the Leaders who received help from the Matthieu Chazelle Fund for the 2003 International Conference. Prior to that time she was inspired by the information previous attendees had brought back to her country. But her first hand experience in San Francisco brought a "feeling of something ‘untireable' where people from all around the world with different cultures and traditions, but the same ideal that unites them and makes them so similar, create a utopian world."

It's true. For the week of the conference, the hotel becomes a dream world in many ways. Tere met famous authors but also connected for the first time with Leaders she knew through EnLLLace, the Latin Leader chat list. In the faces of the babies, children, and fathers Tere saw, she found a special look of harmony and peace not often found in our busy everyday worlds.

She was especially impressed by the Lucy Shares project where Leaders could post a "wish list" outside the bookstore and Groups with a healthy treasury could purchase those books for them. Tere described a sorority among "sisters of the milk." With other Mexican attendees, Tere shared her new knowledge & understanding at their LLL National Conference in September of 2004, thus completing the circle that inspired her to apply for the MCF scholarship.

When you contribute to the Matthieu Chazelle Fund, you help maintain that' untireable' energy by helping to fund the extra expenses incurred while traveling- food, in some cases costs of a visa, travel to and from the airport, etc.

Send your donation, made out to the "Matthieu Chazelle Fund," c/o Cecily Harkins, ID Financial Administrator, 4055 South West 48th Place, Portland, OR 97221-3735 USA.

Debbi Heffern, Missouri, USA, Editor MCF E-letters

Thanks to the following donors:
Reedy Hickey Georgia, USA
LLL of Oak Park/River Forest Illinois, USA
Carol Huotari Illinois, USA
Carroll Beckham North Carolina,USA
Marie Bean Maryland, USA
Rachel O'Leary Burnwell Cambridge,Great Britain
Michelle Odom Missouri, USA
Marie Beougher APO
LLL E Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, USA
Mary Ann Albert Pennsylvania, USA



The LLL in the USA World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations 2005 are underway! Take a look at the Web site and all that it offers.

Would you like to join the WBWC Discussion list to share ideas and enthusiasm?

And if you like to roll up your sleeves, we encourage you to join the WBW Team as well. Please contact Anne Marie Miller, Linda, Pam, or Robin



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

ALUMNAE MEMBERSHIP FEE CHANGE: LLLI Alumnae memberships are going up as of July 1, so now is the time to join or to renew your membership at the "old" rate. The new fees are:
Active Leader/ Member: $10
Retired Leader/Member: $30
3 year Retired Leader/Member: $75
5 year Retired Leader/Member: $125

WE REMEMBER: Each year at the Founder's Tea (sponsored by the LLL Alumnae) at the LLLI Conference, a special segment called "We Remember" honors LLL Leaders who have passed away. If you know of someone you'd like to see included in the list, please email Nancy at



The LLLI Founders cordially invite you to chat with them in their Founders' Parlor at the 2005 LLLI Conference this July. Stop by Navigating the LLLI Conference table to schedule your time. This unique opportunity has limited seating so be sure to sign up early.



Any LLL Division, Affiliate, or Office Department can contact Cindy Garrison at CGarrison at if they
would like to reserve a table at the Resource Fair for administrators. It will be held on June 29, 2005, the night before the IMS starts.



Check out the May-June 2005 issue of NEW BEGINNINGS for a taste of two new books from LLLI.

The lead article is an excerpt from ADVENTURES IN GENTLE DISCIPLINE: A PARENT-TO-PARENT GUIDE, by Hilary Flower. From the author of ADVENTURES IN TANDEM NURSING, this book describes a variety of discipline tools. Through a wealth of personal stories, it shows how different families use those tools in real life situations. Elizabeth Hannon Fuller contributes cartoons that give a glimpse of the humorous side of parenting. Foreword by Katie Allison Granju. Softcover, 325 pages. Retail price $14.95.

The story titled "Babies in a Family Business" is one of the stories that was submitted for HIRKANI'S DAUGHTERS: WOMEN WHO SCALE MODERN MOUNTAINS TO COMBINE BREASTFEEDING AND WORKING. Editor Jennifer Hicks has compiled stories from around the world about mothers who made breastfeeding work in a variety of cultures and jobs. Softcover. Retail price $14.95.

The July-August issue of NEW BEGINNINGS will feature an excerpt from the upcoming book, MAKING MORE MILK, by Diana West, IBCLC, RLC, and Lisa Marasco, IBCLC, RLC. Two LLL Leaders offer reassurance that most mothers are able to make plenty of milk, describe possible causes of milk supply problems, and provide an assortment of old and new suggestions for improving milk supply if necessary.

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. Softcover, 208 pages. Retail price $12.95.

POCKET GUIDE TO THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, RLC. A portable version for use in helping situations and clinical practice. Spiral bound for easy access.

Stay tuned for more information about advance prices for all these books.

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

Order by:
Fax: 847-519-0035
Surface mail: LLLI, 1400 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4808



Exciting activities are being planned for fathers at the LLLI Conference, July 2-5, 2005. First of all, a Father Support (FS) Workshop has been added to the schedule of Pre-Conference Workshops. The FS Workshop will take place on July 2, 1:00 - 5:00 PM (13:00-17:00) in the State Room at the Hilton Washington. The Workshop, coordinated and facilitated by the WABA Global Initiative for Father Support (GIFS) Task Force Coordinators, has no registration fee. At the FS Workshop fathers will have the opportunity to share their experiences and support each other as the father of a breastfed baby. The Workshop will also promote and disseminate information about GIFS. GIFS Coordinators will also take part in the Conference Session no. 220 on July 4th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, that will focus on combining technology and non-technological approaches to further the role of father support in breastfeeding. GIFS Coordinators will be present in the Fathers Lounge during the Conference, to meet and talk with fathers who have come to the Conference with their families. Plans are also being made to make a survey on father support available in the Fathers Lounge, with results disseminated through the next issue of the WABA Mother Support Task Force E-Newsletter.

To register for the FS workshop, or to find out how you can be involved, please contact the GIFS Coordinators: Per Gunnar ; Ray Maseko; Arun Kumar Thakur For information on GIFS, go to


11. LLL Leader Provides Technical Assistance for Breastfeeding to Ministry of Health, Iraq

Maryanne Stone-Jimenez, LLL Leader and Training Consultant, Canadian resident, is part of a team of experts that will be assisting the Ministry of Health, Iraq, to improve child survival through the interventions of an infant and young child feeding (IYCF)/nutrition component. Maryanne, who will be encouraging breastfeeding as a critical intervention, will travel to Jordan on May 17. While in Jordan, she and the other team members will meet with key Iraqi Ministry of Health/IYCF specialists and representatives from the BASICS Project, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF, WHO and other partners to design a IYCF strategy workshop to be tentatively conducted in the summer of 2005. This meeting follows a meeting in February where there was agreement on short-term activities and a statement of work for a seven month period (March-September 2005) using a cross-border approach from Amman Jordan.



La Leche League International is pleased to announce that there will be a Gender Training Workshop at the Hilton Washington, on July 6 and 7, immediately following the LLLI Conference. Organizing the Workshop is the WABA Gender Working Group, the WABA Secretariat and CEFEMINA, a nongovernmental organization based in Costa Rica. The Workshop Goal is to enable participants - men and women - to raise awareness and sensitivity on gender within the breastfeeding network. Workshop Objectives include the sensitization of participants to concepts of gender and gender mainstreaming and equipping participants with the tools and skills for gender analysis. Participatory training methodologies will be used, such as exercises, games, group discussions and presentations, role plays, and experience sharing by participants. Expected participants are WABA Core Partners and their representatives and LLL Leaders and members. The workshop has a limit of 25 participants, so registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

For more information or to indicate interest, please write to Sarah Amin or Koh Kah Ling at the WABA Secretariat. Email:; Fax: 60-4-657-2655



Hedy Nuriel, Executive Director and Rebecca Magalhaes, director, External Relations and Advocacy, attended the Annual CORE Spring Members meeting, April 18 to the 22nd in West Point, New York, USA. They were among 123 participants from 33 CORE member organizations and were also joined by staff and representatives from USAID/Washington DC, Johns Hopkins and Emory Universities, USAID funded projects, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Pan American Health Organization, Child Survival Technical Support Project, and various speakers. Rebecca and Hedy attended meeting sessions and contributed to the CORE Nutrition Working Group discussions. The CORE meeting continues to be an excellent opportunity for LLLI to network with other organizations and to support breastfeeding.



The first round of simultaneous parties was Sunday, April 17, and we all had a great time. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing with Edwina and looking toward the future of LLL. In addition to the fun, we raised more than $1000 in New York and hundreds of dollars at our other 5 events. All eyes are now on June 12 - the date of our next simultaneous party. Plan to host or attend a party now and enjoy a conference call with LLL Founder Viola Lennon.

Find all the information you need to set up a house party fundraiser or attend one in your town at If you have any questions, you can always contact Stephanie Weishaar, Director of Funding Development, at SWeishaar at or by phone at 301-528-7823.

If June does not work for your schedule, we will have another simultaneous party day in September, and more dates after that. And you can always plan a party on a different day if the conference call is not likely to be a draw for your guests. Each party will be as unique as the host. Our goal is to raise $500,000 by the end of our 50th Anniversary in the summer of 2007. Whether your event is a small gathering of $10 dollars or a fancy shmancy dinner party for $500 donors, what is most important is that you will be sharing your enthusiasm and support for LLLI with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.

See you at the party!



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:

Another option is to become a member of La Leche League -- to learn how, go here:

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: Alice Barbiere, Nancy Jo Bykowski, Nancy Franklin, Cindy Garrison, Judy Guarco, Mary Hurt, Edna Kelly, Sue Ann Kendall, Rebecca Magalhaes, Meg Sondey and Stephanie Weishaar

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