The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #38, October 2005
The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #38, October 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
2.50th Anniversary Logo Contest
3. LLLI Responds to AAP Policy Statement on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
4. Look What Your Support Has Done!
5. New Online Independent Study Modules Available
6. It's Time to Party
7. Support LLLI Whenever You Shop at Amazon.com
8. LLLI Needs Your Support Now More Than Ever
9. Help LLL
1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE
*LLLI has released a media release in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It contains information on other viewpoints on their recommendations about cosleeping and pacifier use. We include the text to this release in item #3 below, but here is the link: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Release/sids.html
*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month ties in with the press release above. It is an abstract and review of "American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: "The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk." The summary is here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html.
*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's bibliographies on Breastfeeding Reduces Risk o f Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding and Prevention of Obesity have both been updated and revised and contain links to more information from PubMed for most citations. How breastfeeding helps prevent breast cancer is also the topic of the October 2005 media release from LLLI.
*Items from the new 2005-2006 LLLI Catalogue are now available in our online catalogue. We have some wonderful new materials for both parents and those who support breastfeeding mothers, and a convenient new category for note cards. We will have a PDF of the catalogue for downloading soon. And don't forget our SALE page, where we have added close to 20 new sale products! Stock up on favorites for gift giving.
*The following Frequently Asked Questions files are either new or have been revised and updated:
**How Can LLL Help Me Become a Lactation Consultant? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/LC.html
**How long should a mother breastfeed? http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/bflength.html
*Articles from the July-August 2005 edition of our popular member magazine, NEW BEGINNINGS are now listed on our site. Articles include:
**How to Get Your Milk Supply Off to a Good Start http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p142.html
**Different Needs http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p148.html
**Passing on the Legacy of LLL http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p150.html
**A Good Baby http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p152.html
**Young Leader http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p154.html
**At Their Own Pace http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p155.html
**Profound Journey http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p156.html
**WBW Theme and the USA Celebration http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p162.html
**What Are the Odds? http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p157.html
**A Journey through Motherhood and Midwifery http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p158.html
**A Family Responsibility http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p160.html
**A Quilt in a Day http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p161.html
**Traveling with Toddlers http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p164.html
**Baking with Stones http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p168.html
**"Hanging Up the Horns" http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p170.html
**Book Review: Time-In: When Time-Out Doesn't Work, by Jean Illsley Clarke http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p175.html
**Full-Time Mother, Part-Time Employee http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p176.html
**Book Review: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug05p174.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. Eight new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in Arkansas, Idaho, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. There is also a new English-speaking Group listed in Japan and a Chinese-speaking Group in China. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.
2. 50TH ANNIVERSARY LOGO CONTEST
La Leche League International is looking for a graphic designer to create the official logo for our 50th Anniversary! The design will be used on issues of New Beginnings and Leaven throughout the 50 th Anniversary Year and will also be used on various souvenir items. The graphic designer whose artwork is chosen will receive $300 plus recognition for the design on the LLLI Web site.
Here are the requirements for submitting a design:
* The design should be created in a vector based program like Adobe Illustrator and should be submitted electronically along with a color print out of the design.
* The design should include the current LLLI logo.
* The design that is chosen becomes the property of LLLI and will be copyrighted and/or trademarked by LLLI; it may be adapted or modified by LLLI.
* LLLI will need access to the original electronic files or artwork for the chosen design.
* The designer may select the colors to be used in the logo proposal, however LLLI may decide to utilize the logo in other colors. The design needs to be able to be adapted easily to be used as single color line art.
* Deadline for design submission is December 1, 2005. Submit designs in electronic format to Graphicsdept at llli.org. Files larger than 10mb can be submitted on a CD and sent to: Graphic Design Contest, c/o LLLI Publications Dept., P.O. Box 4079, Schaumburg, IL 60168-4079 USA.
Three finalists will be chosen by the LLLI 50th Anniversary Team and these designs will be posted on the LLLI Web site for consideration and comments before a final design is chosen.
Winner will be notified by January 30, 2006.
3. LLLI RESPONDS TO AAP POLICY STATEMENT ON SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (media release)
Schaumburg, IL (October 2005) La Leche League International (LLLI) is concerned about the October 10, 2005 policy statement on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS. The recommendations about pacifiers and cosleeping in the statement reflect a lack of basic understanding about breastfeeding management.
Pacifiers, which are recommended in this policy statement, are artificial substitutes for what the breast does naturally. Breastfed babies often nurse to sleep for naps and bedtime. The recommended pacifier usage could cause a reduction in milk supply due to reduced stimulation of the breasts and may affect breastfeeding duration.
LLLI recognizes that safe cosleeping facilitates breastfeeding. One important way cosleeping can help a mother's milk supply is by encouraging regular and frequent feeding. Well-known research on safe cosleeping practices by Dr. James McKenna, Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at Notre Dame University was disregarded by the task force.
Also, the obvious omission of input by the AAP's Section on Breastfeeding may account for the fact that breastfeeding management issues were not taken into consideration. Dr. Nancy Wight, President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, comments that this statement "represents a truly astounding triumph of ethnocentric assumptions over common sense and medical research." Dr. Wight also states, "There are many physician members of the AAP who do not agree with these recommendations."
Although the authors do state that breastfeeding is beneficial and should be promoted, their recommendations about pacifier use and cosleeping could have a negative impact on a mother's efforts to breastfeed. The statement causes confusion for parents and fall seriously short of being a useful and comprehensive policy.
LLLI, a non-profit organization that helps mothers learn about breastfeeding, has an international Professional Advisory Board. The LLLI Center for Breastfeeding Information is one of the world's largest libraries of information on breastfeeding, human lactation, and related topics. Monthly meetings are offered to pregnant women and nursing mothers and babies to learn about breastfeeding management. To find local groups call 800 LA LECHE or visit www.lalecheleague.org
4. LOOK WHAT YOUR SUPPORT HAS DONE!
Are you wearing your purple bracelet to help encourage, support and protect breastfeeding? Did you know that, thanks to the proceeds from the sale of these bracelets, LLLI has created a new collection of web pages designed to encourage mothers, fathers and others to encourage, protect and support breastfeeding. We are in the process of creating many new pages about mothers' legal rights to breastfeeding and listing ways to support breastfeeding mothers in your community. Thank you for your support, and stay tuned! The new collection can be found at http://www.lalecheleague.org/promote.html
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. 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.
5. NEW ONLINE INDEPENDENT STUDY MODULES AVAILABLE
You may have heard that LLLI is in the midst of a long-term information system upgrade project, designed to improve and add to many of our online services and our internal computer systems. Our first sub-project has just launched: online versions of our acclaimed Independent Study Modules. These modules will be very convenient for busy lactation professionals and others who need continuing education credits involving breastfeeding issues. Online Independent Study Modules from LLLI feature study text and tests exactly the same as the print versions! Users download the text for study and future reference, then take the timed test online when they are ready.
There's no need to wait, either -- test takers are notified of their score immediately and receive certificates for their continuing education credits in the mail. And as a bonus, LLLI notifies the certifying organization of the credits that have been awarded within four weeks, half the time it takes for notification for the paper Independent Study Module test.
We now have six modules available, with more to come in the next few weeks. To learn more about the topics available and the procedures for taking the test, visit the LLLI Store.
6. IT'S TIME TO PARTY....
Come join the celebrations for La Leche League International's 50th Birthday!
Current and Retired Leaders, Members and friends of LLL, and all those touched by La Leche League can host House Parties and join the fun! For those who schedule a party on Saturday, November 5th, you can participate in a live conference call with LLL Founder Mary Ann Kerwin at 4:00 pm Eastern US time. House parties can take all shapes and forms ... visit http://www.partyhostcenter.com/lalecheleague/ for details.
Besides fun and fellowship, La Leche League House Parties raise funds for the special 50th Anniversary Fund which will help ensure that LLLI basic programs and services continue into the next 50 years! Start planning your party and join in this FUNdraiser today!
For additional information or assistance, contact Meg Sondey, House Party Coordinator, at houseparties at llli.org
7. SUPPORT LLLI WHENEVER YOU SHOP AT AMAZON.COM
Shop the same way...Donate a different way!
La Leche League International signed on with a new service called FreePledge in October. FreePledge is an e-commerce website devoted to help nonprofit organizations raise money by donating a percentage of online purchases. The FreePledge program gives our organization an additional source of revenue at no cost to you or us! By leveraging a marketing program set up by Amazon, one of the world's largest online retailers, FreePledge turns a percentage of everyday shopping into donations for your favorite charity. Your online purchases like books, videos, CDs, and electronics can support LLLI. (Of course we hope you will still buy LLLI books directly from us, but there are so many other things you can get from Amazon.) FreePledge assures you of the simplest online shopping experience: no membership, no obligation, and no cost to you. The actual purchases go through Amazon and you receive the same great service. You may visit http://llli.freepledge.com/, shop as if you would shop on Amazon directly, and a portion of your purchases will go to support mothers and babies through LLLI.
8. LLLI NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER
The La Leche League International Year-end Appeal will be landing in your mailbox and on our website soon. Have you thought about what you can contribute this year? So many of us have contributed to disaster relief and other important causes over the past few months, yet mothers and babies still need breastfeeding support. La Leche League is there when pregnant mothers have questions and new mothers are worried. La Leche League provides resources to mothers, medical professionals, and so many others in an effort to ensure that every baby has the opportunity to experience the benefits of breastfeeding. Even when that baby weans, LLLI continues to be a source of information and support for the family as they learn about nutrition, discipline, and other parenting topics. Please give generously to LLLI and ensure that we are here when that next mother calls.
To donate now, visit http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor.html
9. 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: Mary Hurt, Sue Ann Kendall, Meg Sondey, Judy Torgus, and Stephanie Weishaar
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