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The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #34, June 2005

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #34, June 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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Get ready for the 2005 LLLI Conference -- whether you are in Washington, DC or at home!

1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. You Can Still Register for the 2005 LLLI Conference
3. You Can Attend the LLLI Conference from Your Home, Too!
4. Mathieu Chazelle Fund #14 and #15
5. 2005 World Breastfeeding Week Action Folders Now Available
6. Alumnae Association Conference News
7. Fun Times for the Young Set at the 2005 LLLI Conference
8. LLLI Conference Resource Fair
9 . News from LLLI Publications
10. Father Support at the LLLI Conference
11. Join the Party!
12. WABA Gender Training Workshop on July 6 and 7
13. Promoting Breastfeeding at UNICEF
14. Membership News
15. Help LLL



*We have added lots of information about the LLLI Conference Technology Room LLLI Conference Internet activities at -- Please see item #3 below for lots of fascinating details!

*Articles from the May-June 2005 issue of NEW BEGINNINGS, LLLI's publication for members, are now online here: To always get these articles before they are loaded on the Web, become a member of LLL today -- learn how here:

*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is "Sharing the science on human milk feedings with mothers of very-low-birth-weight infants." It was published in the journal Journal of Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing in 2005. The summary is here:

*Read LLLI's press release on World Breastfeeding Week 2005 here:

*Heidi Kuonen-Goetz, LLL Leader, Switzerland, represented La Leche League International at the 58th World Health Assembly (WHA) that was held in Geneva Switzerland, May 16-25, 2005. You can read the statement she read here:

*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:



It's not too late to get your registration in 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.



Those of you attending the 2005 LLLI are cordially invited to the Technology Room, located in the Caucus room. There you can meet the people who put together this newsletter and create our Web site, plus many of our online chat Leaders, the Leaders who answer Help Forms from our site and other participants in La Leche League's online activities. We will have a special survey for you to take there, plus sneak previews of improvements to our Web site, and examples of Internet projects LLL Leaders and members are engaged in worldwide.

However, we have not forgotten about those of you unable to attend the conference in person! There's lots in store at our virtual conference, too!

*Participate in one of our online chats with conference speakers! We will have a wide variety of sessions to choose from, starting on July 2 and finishing up on July 5. See if your favorite breastfeeding author, breastfeeding advocate or parenting expert will be chatting by visiting our schedule:

*Listen in on one of our new "podcasts," which are interviews you can listen to on your computer or personal listening device (iPod or other MP3 player). You will be able to enjoy over a dozen in-depth conversations with a variety of interesting LLLI Conference participants, at your leisure! The schedule of interviews is listed here:

*Follow along with our conference bloggers (online journalists) as they report on their experiences before, during and after the conference. Bloggers range from the 9-year-old daughter of an LLL Leader to a long-time Leader and grandmother -- plus we have a new mother, a dad, and bloggers from Canada and Mexico! You can comment and respond to each blogger, as well. See how their experiences differ!

*Also, you can get a taste of what conference volunteers go through to create a special conference experience for all attendees by visiting the Technology Room blog, where our volunteers have been sharing our preparations and will continue to report what's happening in the Technology Room during the conference. Stop by and post a comment so we'll know someone'e reading!



#14: The Mathieu Chazelle Fund provides funding for Leaders in the International Division when they travel to educational events for LLL. While it doesn't cover big expenses like plane fare, the scholarship these Leaders receive makes a huge impact on their ability to attend a Conference.

The MCF helped six Leaders from Hungary attend the European Mastery Symposium. They joined with 80 more Leaders from 15 other countries to share ideas to enhance their LLL work and the support they provide mothers and babies.

The Hungarian Leaders write that they learned new ways of working, strengthened their relationships with their support people, and were enriched with a new image of LLL that is different~~ but still the sameJ~~in every country around the world.

They also realized that an essential goal for them is to recruit and train new Leaders in order to increase their ability to help more mothers. This is an important goal for all of us! The more Leaders there are, the more mothers we can help, and the circle keeps growing.

Many thanks from Hungarian Leaders to all who have donated to the MCF!

Your current donations will help ID Leaders who are trying to attend the LLLI Conference in Washington DC.

Please send your donation made out to the "Matthieu Chazelle Fund" to ID's Financial Administrator, Cecily Harkins, 4055 South West 48th Place, Portland, OR 97221-3735 USA.

Thank you to the following recent donors:

Connie Whittaker Colorado, USA
Becky Ahrendsen Kentucky, USA
Marie Beougher APO, USA
Marian McCabe Virginia, USA
LLL Atlanta-Emory Georgia, USA
Juanita Watt New Mexico, USA
Valerie Vanderlip Georgia, USA
Susan Switzer Georgia, USA

So far we've had Leaders apply for help from Guatemala, Argentina, Israel, Taiwan, Mongolia, the Philippines and Mexico. We anticipate many more requests as Leaders hear about the MCF.


#15: Janedy Chen Shun-chuan, from the LLL Hualien Group in Taiwan, has applied for help from the MCF. You may have read about her Group in the March-April 2005 New Beginnings. In her application to the MCF, however, Janedy has added interesting details.

She writes: In Taiwan, so many parents both work that newspaper articles discuss how grandparents are raising today's children. This has brought a crisis of intimacy. While Taiwan is known as "formula heaven," the moms who have chosen to breastfeed are preserving the intimate bonds with their babies. A mother from the Hualien Group, Fran Shio, writes that as she learned about breastfeeding at their LLL meeting, she also learned about mothering while developing confidence in her parenting style~~~which Janedy says is rare among young mothers in Taiwan. But through LLL, they can learn this age old wisdom!

Janedy also works as a Registered Nurse. By taking the Communication Skills workshops and the Peer Counselor Administrators' Training, she hopes to help strengthen support for breastfeeding mothers from both the medical and general community. Janedy says she knows it will be very hard work to take these trainings in English which isn't her mother tongue. But because she's in contact with so many people in her town, she has great hopes of planting seeds of support for breastfeeding.

If you'd like to help support Janedy or a Leader like her to cover extra expenses while at the conference, you can send a donation made out to the "Matthieu Chazelle Fund" to ID's Financial Administrator, Cecily Harkins, 4005 SW 48th Place, Portland, OR 97221-3735 USA.

Thanks to the following recent donors! You are making a huge difference!

Susan Switzer Georgia, USA
Martine Chazelle Paris, France
Laurence Descourtieux Rueil, France
Mary Gisch Illinois, USA
Katherine Osboune Valdez Powell Foundation, Texas, USA
Judith Gilbert New Jersey, USA



The 2005 WBW Action Folder "Breastfeeding and Family Foods: Loving & Healthy" is now available for purchase from LLLI. To order, email OrderDepartment at; call 800-LALECHE; or fax 847-519-0035 (it is not in the online LLL catalogue yet). This full-color, six-page Action Folder is published by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and emphasizes the importance of continuing the breastfeeding relationship while feeding complementary foods. It provides valuable information for spreading this important message. Ask for #1721-17. The cost is $1.50 each; 10/11.00; 100 or more .90 each.



Volunteers still needed! Please consider helping the Alumnae Association as a volunteer. You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you like. We need volunteers to staff the "Navigating the Conference Table," donation drawing ticket sellers, rejuvenation activity helpers, and much, much more! Volunteer with a friend and use it as a time to socialize and reconnect! For more information, contact Meg Sondey at

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



While adults will be attending sessions, visiting the book store, cruising the vendor area and enjoying poster sessions and more, young ones will find plenty to do in Washington DC as well! Check out the "Navigating the Conference Table" for ideas on sight-seeing and other activities in this interesting city. Or, stay right in the DC Hilton and enjoy the playroom -- it will be a fantasyland, with areas for children in different age ranges and interest levels (supervision required). Teens will find a haven in the teen lounge, and can always find "work" babysitting or make friends by posting messages on the message board near registration. All children will need wristands or name tags, so remember to check them in when you arrive!



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.



* Advance prices for new books from LLLI Publications (advance prices expire September 1, 2005):

ADVENTURES IN GENTLE DISCIPLINE, by Hilary Flower, illustrations by Elizabeth Hannon Fuller, Foreword by Katie Allison Granju. Softcover, 384 pages. Available early to mid July.
No. 1717-12 Retail price $14.95
Advance retail price $12.50
Advance member price $11.25
Advance Leader price $10.50

MY CHILD WON'T EAT!, translation of the original Spanish-language Mi Niño no me Come, by Dr. Carlos Gonzalez. Softcover, 282 pages. Available early July.
No. 1716-12 Retail price $12.95
Advance retail price $11.00
Advance member price $9.90
Advance Leader price $9.00

POCKET GUIDE TO THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, RLC. Spiral bound, 258 pages. Available mid July.
No. 1722-12 Retail price $37.95
Advance retail price $32.00
Advance member price $29.00
Advance Leader price $27.00

*Also coming soon:

MAKING MORE MILK, by Diana West, IBCLC, RLC, and Lisa Marasco, IBCLC, RLC. An excerpt will be featured in the July-August issue of NEW BEGINNINGS. Available mid to late September. Softcover. Retail price $18.95

HIRKANI'S DAUGHTERS: Women who scale modern mountains to combine breastfeeding and working. Available end of August. Edited by Jennifer Hicks. Softcover. Retail price $14.95

MOTHERING MULTIPLES, second revised edition. By Karen Kerhkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC. Available mid to late September. Softcover. Retail price $16.95

Order by:
Fax: 847-519-0035
Surface mail: LLLI, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5194



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



Friends of La Leche League enjoyed the second simultaneous party day with a conference call to LLLI Founder Viola Lennon on Sunday, June 12. Vi reminded us why we all love La Leche League and need to support this important work financially. She talked of starting a nonprofit organization while mothering her 10 children and revealed that helping mothers breastfeed in the 1950s was not all that different than it is today. If you would like to join in a conference call with the Founders, start making plans now to host or attend a party on Saturday, September 24th. Marian Tompson will be on the phone that morning in Illinois, so you can plan a brunch in the US or a dinner party in Europe. Anyone with a speakerphone is welcome to host a party and dial in!

You'll find all the information you need to join in the fun at

Help LLLI reach our goal of $500,000 by the end our 50th Anniversary!



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



On June 7, Hedy Nuriel, Executive Director, LLLI, traveled to New York City USA and represented LLLI at a UNICEF event for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Hedy joined seventeen other NGO presidents and directors at a breakfast to meet Ms. Ann Veneman, the new UNICEF Executive Director. During this same week, LLL Leaders representing LLLI collaborated with representatives of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) to support the insertion of breastfeeding language into the UNICEF Medium Term Strategic Plan 2006-2009 as this plan was being reviewed and discussed at the UNICEF Executive Board Annual Session. WABA/LLLI/ILCA reminded the Executive Board members of the importance of breastfeeding and spoke with many delegates about the significant work of organizations such as LLLI in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.



Have you been wondering how you can give back to LLL? A goal of 2300 NEW LLL members has been set for August 1st 2005. consider giving a gift of LLL membership to a pregnant or nursing mother you may know.

LLLI Alumnae Dues will be increasing July 1, 2005. Alumnae dues for a Retired Leader or Member are currently $25 annually. That dollar amount will rise to $30; $10 for active Leader/Members; $46 for LLLI Individual and Alumnae membership (Includes New Beginnings and Continuum); $75—3 yr.; $125—5 yr. Now is the perfect time to reconnect. Join now!



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: Nancy Jo Bykowski, Debbi Heffern, Sue Ann Kendall, Rebecca Magalhaes, Wendy Masters, Pam Oselka, Meg Sondey and Stephanie Weishaar

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