The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #37, September 2005
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #37, September 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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TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS AFFECTED BY RECENT HURRICANES, GO TO http://www.lalecheleague.org/emergency.html
1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. Emergency Breastfeeding Information
3. Katrina Relief to Come from US World Breastfeeding Week Funds
4. Support Breastfeeding and Look Good, Too
5. Reaching Out to Hispanic Mothers in the USA: What you can do
6. Help Mothers and Babies around the World: Give to LLLI at Work
7. Party with Marian Tompson at Your House This Weekend
8. Recent Outreach Activities
9. News from LLLI Publications
10. Spanish Publications and Pamphlets Coordinator Email Address
11. Volunteers Wanted for Book Project on Breastfeeding to Age 3 and Beyond
12. Looking for Volunteer Help
13. Membership News
14. Help LLL
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
*We have a new page of information on breastfeeding in emergencies. It also contains a link to a document that outlines ways that you can support LLL Leaders who are helping breastfeeding mothers, which is specific to the current hurricane crisis in the US.
*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is "Duration of Breastfeeding and Risk of Overweight: A Meta-Analysis." The summary is here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html.
*We now have extensive Web pages to introduce you to our three new books for 2005: Adventures in Gentle Discipline, the Pocket Guide to the Breastfeeding Answer Book and My Child Won't Eat! You can read excerpts and reviews, plus for some authors you can listen to "podcast" interviews on your computer.
*The following FrequentlyAsked Questions files are either new or have been revised and updated:
**How long should a mother breastfeed? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/bflength.html
** I would like to resume breastfeeding after an interruption. How do I relactate? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/relactation.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 US Groups have been listed in the past month, in Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. There is also a new English-speaking Group listed in Japan. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.
2. EMERGENCY BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION
The recent hurricanes in the southern and eastern United States prompted us to update the information we have collected on breastfeeding in emergencies. We added information on relactation (which can be a valid choice when an emergency strikes), as well as many resources from around the world, all of which will be helpful in the future should other calamities strike. We wish all who are dealing with recovery, directly or indirectly well, and thank all who have been helping with their time and money at this time.
This content on this page and the sub-pages is updated frequently, so please check for the most current information before sending contributions or taking other action.
3. KATRINA RELIEF TO COME FROM US WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK FUNDS
Five percent of the 2005 World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations' total funds had been designated for Joint Projects sponsored by the La Leche League Eastern US Division and United States Western Division. In light of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, the Divisions have designated the Joint Projects money to support Leaders and breastfeeding mothers in the affected areas of the Gulf States. An example of this support might be to replace copies of the WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, and LEADER'S HANDBOOK to Leaders who have lost theirs due to flooding or other damage. We know that the Leaders who have been affected by this catastrophe are focusing on their own families at this time, but we would like them to know this money will be available whenever they are again ready and able to include LLL Group work into their lives. An announcement will be coming soon about the formation of a Joint Projects Committee which will oversee distribution of all Joint Projects funds.
There are still two weeks left to participate in the 2005 WBW Celebrations. Please consider an event so that the 5% portion designated for disaster relief will continue to grow. Visit http://www.lllusa.org/lllusa/wbw.html or donate directly at https://donate2lll.org/indexSecure.htm
4. SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING AND LOOK GOOD, TOO
Are you wearing your purple bracelet to help encourage, support and protect breastfeeding?
Lansinoh has partnered with La Leche League International on The Breastfeeding Protection Initiative (tm) because LLLI is the leading provider of comprehensive information on breastfeeding rights. All profits on sale of the bracelets will go to help LLLI. June 30, 2005 marks the date of the first sale. Almost $16,000 has been raised by the initiative.
The bracelets can be purchased at http://www.causekeepers.com/lansinoh/ -- Many local La Leche League Groups also have a supply available for purchase.
Wear the bracelet yourself or give it to a new mother to show that you respect her important decision to breastfeed her baby. A new mother can also use the bracelet to help her remember which side she nursed on at the last feeding.
Look for a new collection of links on the LLLI site that will help YOU encourage, support and protect breastfeeding in a variety of ways. It will be linked from our home page in the coming weeks.
5. REACHING OUT TO HISPANIC MOTHERS IN THE USA: WHAT YOU CAN DO
The Latino community in the United States is growing very fast and currently represents the largest minority population in the USA, at 13.4% of the population. La Leche League International (LLLI) receives requests from Hispanic media outlets for breastfeeding interviews. The most recent interview offered by LLLI was for Reflejos, a Daily Herald Hispanic publication. You can read this interview in Spanish and English at http://www.reflejos.com/story.asp?intID=1075&refsection=suburbios .
If you would like to help LLLI in this outreach effort to the Hispanic mom in the USA, please tell your friends, neighbors, family, work colleagues and others about the 1800 LALECHE line in Spanish. Please tell them also about the Spanish LLLI web site which has current information about breastfeeding and parenting and a list of all the LLL Spanish speaking groups in the USA as well as in many other countries. In addition, on the Spanish LLLI web site you will find a FAQ section that contains a lot of wonderful and useful information. Take a look now and share with others! http://www.laleche.org/LangEspanol.html
6. HELP MOTHERS AND BABIES AROUND THE WORLD – GIVE TO LLLI AT WORK!
This message is specifically for any US Government employees and military families, or anyone who participates in workplace giving programs.
La Leche League International relies on donors through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and United Way for approximately $40,000 a year. These donations provide LLLI with a steady source of funding for ongoing support of our volunteer Leaders and Peer Counselors around the world. If you or anyone you know has an opportunity to designate LLLI (number 1957 on the pledge card for CFC although the number may be different for local campaigns) as a recipient charity, we will be grateful for those contributions.
If you want more information about the Combined Federal Campaign or other ways to donate to LLLI, please contact the Funding Development Department by phone at 847-519-7730 x240, by e-mail donorrelations at llli.org or visit our Web page at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor.html.
Thank you to our many generous donors. Your contributions help us reach more mothers and babies every day!
7. PARTY WITH MARIAN TOMPSON AT YOUR HOUSE THIS WEEKEND!
Have you been to a house party yet? Of course you've heard about the La Leche League International 50th Anniversary Fundraising parties by now. But maybe you are not sure what this is all about. House party fundraisers are a new idea but perfectly suited to our organization—we love getting together, we enjoy sharing food, and we are comfortable in each other's homes. Even if you have never considered hosting a fundraising event, you will find that it is an easy and fun way to support LLLI and help us reach more mothers and babies.
You can hold your party any day or time but you may want to schedule it to coincide with our special conference calls with the Founders. The next conference call will be with Marian Tompson on Saturday, September 24, 2005, at 11:00 AM Central Daylight Time. You'll be able to dial in and enjoy an intimate conversation with Marian from your family room. What a treat for you and your guests!
The first 25 hostesses registered on our web site receive free copies of two LLLI books – SEVEN VOICES,ONE DREAM and LLLOVE STORY. All hostesses will be sent a packet of materials to share with their guests as well as dialing instructions for the call.
If this date and time does not work for you, don't worry — we are planning 4 more parties with the Founders in the next 10-12 months, moving toward the LLLI 50th Anniversary in summer 2006.
While volunteers do much of LLLI work, many LLLI programs need financial support such as the Center for Breastfeeding Information, the Peer Counselor Program, and the 800 Helpline. We need your help to ensure that LLLI will be here to support our daughters and granddaughters as they enter into motherhood.
8. RECENT OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
HISPANIC PEER COUNSELOR PROPOSAL: On July 29, 2005 a research proposal entitled "The Use of Peer Counselors in a Breastfeeding Exploratory Study in Chicago" was submitted to the Maternal and Child Health Research Program, USA Department of Health and Human Services. LLLI, through the External Relations & Advocacy department and the LLLI Peer Counselor Program, collaborated with the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago ( Illinois, USA) on this submission, which proposes to assess the effectiveness of a peer counselor program in increasing the likelihood that Hispanic women will exclusively breastfeed for six months. If funded, the proposal will be implemented in the Hispanic Chicago population by LLLI and the Midwest Center, with the assistance of the Woman, Infants and Children Program (WIC).
CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE BREASTFEDING MATERIALS PROPOSAL: LLLI joined with the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, as a key collaborator in the submission of an application to the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for funding for a Cooperative Agreement. The purpose of the proposed funding is to develop culturally appropriate and sensitive materials addressing the barriers to breastfeeding among Hispanic women, clients of the Woman, Infants and Children Program (WIC) in the USA. The new initiative is entitled "The WIC Hispanic Breastfeeding Promotion and Education Program." The External Relations & Advocacy department, the Publications department, the Funding Development department and the Peer Counselor Program participated in the development of this application.
MOTHER SUPPORT TASK FORCE NEWSLETTER: The July-September 2005 issue of the WABA Mother Support Task Force E-Newsletter is available on the WABA web site in English, French and Spanish http://www.waba.org.my/gims/mstf/index.htm. LLLI is actively involved in the production of this e-newsletter through two LLL Leaders in Paraguay (Editors of the newsletter) and two LLL Leaders in France (French translators) and the director of the LLLI External Relations & Advocacy department, who is also the Coordinator of the WABA Mother Support Task Force. The July-September issue includes information about father support activities at the LLLI Conference in Washington D.C., USA, as well as the usual mothers' stories and other interesting information.
LLLI REPRESENTATION AT WABA MEETING: Hedy Nuriel, Executive Director and Rebecca Magalhães, Dir., External Relations and Advocacy, traveled to Penang Malaysia to represent La Leche League International at the 4th Global Breastfeeding Partners Meeting (GBPM 4), organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The Core partners are: the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA), the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), Wellstart International (WSI), the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) LINKAGES and LLLI. Core Partner representatives were joined by WABA Task Force coordinators and consultants, and Secretariat staff, to make a total of 25 attendees. LLLI, along with each of the other Core Partners presented information on organizational activities and future plans and joined in the discussions on the WABA Work Program for the next 3 years.
LLL LEADERS ATTEND UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE: Judy LeVan Fram/New York and Ginger Sall/North Carolina, USA represented LLLI at the 58th Department of Public Information/Nongovernmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Annual Conference that took place September 7-9 in New York City, USA. Among various sessions they attended one was the NGO Interactive Workshop "Families and Education" where they submitted the information that breastfeeding is a key component for families in refugee and emergency situations for both nutrition and family normalcy. They also shared that breastfeeding is recognized as a low cost, high impact strategy toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through its potential to reduce hunger and malnutrition, optimize cognitive development and school readiness and enhance gender equality through respect for the unique, critical contribution that women make to human survival, growth and development. Their presence at the conference added valuable expertise in infant, child and maternal health to the mix of ideas and strategies.
9. COMING SOON FROM LLLI PUBLICATIONS:
Online continuing education for your convenience: Soon, Independent Study Modules from LLLI will be available online. Purchase, register, and take the test all from the privacy of your own home. Study materials are made available almost immediately, so you may choose to take the test the same day. View your score immediately so you know whether or not you have qualified for continuing education credits as an IBCLC or physician. No more waiting for study materials to be delivered or to learn your score. Look for an announcement soon.
The 2005/2006 LLLI catalogue will be published in full color. Look for it in October to check out new books and products and new format. Watch the online catalog for sales on discontinued books and products.
Now in production: a book on adoptive breastfeeding and relactation written by Elizabeth Hormann, internationally recognized expert on adoptive breastfeeding. Originally in German, the book is now translated into English and updated. LLLI is proud to publish this book that speaks directly to the adoptive breastfeeding mother or the mother attempting relactation. Look for more details soon.
Surface mail: LLLI, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5194
10. SPANISH PUBLICATIONS AND PAMPHLETS COORDINATOR EMAIL ADDRESS
Waleska Porras, the Spanish Publications Administrator and Pamphlets Coordinator for LLL has a new email address and wants to let those who need to contact her know of it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you nursed [breastfed] a child at least until he or she was 3 years old? Were you nursed yourself until you were at least 3? If the answer to either of these questions is "yes" and you would like to share your experiences, please consider participating in a survey for a book project on nursing to age 3 and beyond. The author, Janell E. Robisch, is a La Leche League (LLL) Leader and hopes to enlighten mothers and others about the decision and experience of nursing a child (as opposed to a baby or toddler).
If you would like to participate, please visit Janell's Yahoo! Group web site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ExtendedNursingProject/. Please request to join the Group and mention where you read about the project and how it applies to you. When you join, two files with Janell's questions on nursing will be sent to you [one is for use if you are a mother who is nursing or who has nursed a child to age 3, and the other is for use if you were nursed to age 3; please answer the appropriate questionnaire(s)]. The ExtendedNursingProject Group is not a discussion group, so you will receive emails only from the author about the project.
If you want to join the survey but not the Yahoo! Group, email Janell privately (email@example.com), and she will email you the questionnaire as it stands.
Please also note that this project is not affiliated with or endorsed by LLL at this point in time. It is a private project by the author that was approved by the LLLI research review committee.
12. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER HELP
LLLI is looking for a volunteer who can help us with a space needs analysis. If you or someone you know can help with this please write to Hedy at hnuriel at llli.org
13. MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Membership dues for the US are now $40 per year. Contact your local LLL Leader (Group listings are at http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebUs.html) to join today or phone LLLI at 800-LALECHE to renew or join by phone. Your dues bring you our new and improved NEW BEGINNINGS magazine, a 10% discount on items from our catalogue, and the satisfaction of giving back to an organization that has given much to you. Learn more here http://www.lalecheleague.org/membership.html
14. 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
Donors, watch your postal mail for the annual year-end appeal letter -- your support of LLLI is crucial!
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, Sue Ann Kendall, Rebecca Magalhães, Maria del Mar Mazza, Hedy Nuriel, Pam Oselka , Janell E. Robisch, and Stephanie Weishaar
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