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The OnLLLine Chronicle: Issue #4, December 2002

The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #4, December 2002


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 hope you enjoy our news and information!

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1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. LLL New Zealand's Latest Publication
3. LLLI Conference Pricing Available
4. BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK Revision Available for Ordering
5. Frequently Asked Question: How Can I Increase My Milk Supply?
6. Help LLL



The La Leche League Web site brings you breastfeeding information, news from LLLI and much more -- here's what we've added in the past month or so:

*The locations, dates and speakers for the 2003 Lactation Specialist Worskhops have been announced, and there are some new locations this year!. We hope to see you at one of them!

*In honor of International Volunteer Day, we added an article on LLLI's worldwide activities on a single day to our advocacy pages. Learn all the different ways in which mothers help others breastfeed. This is really a touching and fascinating story -- please check it out.

*A report on LLL's participation in the recent WABA Global Forum can be read at

*We have added 6 articles from the October-November edition of LEAVEN to our collection of materials in Spanish, including an article on cystic fibrosis and a chapter from a book on breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery.

*For LLL Leaders, we have added the alphabetical listing of all LLLI pamphlets and publications to our catalgue page,

and for Area Conference teams, we have added the form for obtaining your Area Leaders in mailing labels to our collection of handy Leader items

The 2003 Spanish catalogue is also new:

*The Book Evaluation Committee pages on books approved for use in US Group libraries has been updated to list all current books.

*New information from the LLLI Board on the LLL Renewal Initiative, including some letters from Leaders, has been added to the Board pages:



La Leche League New Zealand has been really thrilled at the response to our newly published leaflet, Breastfeeding with Inverted Nipples. We have already had to print more copies and some are now being read in different parts of LLL around the world!

If you'd like to purchase, single copies cost US$1 or .60p sterling plus postage, with discounts for 10 or 50. Please email Fran Crossland at LLLNZ for more information:



You can now start figuring out your costs for attending the 2003 LLLI Conference in San Francisco, California USA, as prices are now listed here:

The much anticipated registration booklet will be available as an insert in the next NEW BEGINNINGS magazine, and will also be available on the LLLI Web site.



Order your copy of the completely revised BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, shipping any day now.

847-519-9585 (phone)
847-519-0035 (fax)

"The primary challenge in compiling a resource like this, as well as in our
work with mothers and babies, is to be constantly open to looking past our
own assumptions and to re-examine what we believe to be true."

From the Introduction, by co-author Nancy Mohrbacher:

The new edition of the BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK re-examines what has been believed to be true about:
nipple confusion
nipple shields
breast anatomy
HIV/AIDS and human milk

More information is available at

You can also order the forthcoming revision of THE LEADER'S HANDBOOK along with the BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK at a special reduced price


5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: How Can I Increase My Milk Supply?

This is a common breastfeeding question (and the most popularly viewed FAQ in November 2002). When mothers observe certain normal changes and behaviors, they may assume their milk supply has decreased. This is often a "false alarm". Other times, a mother's milk supply may truly need to be increased. This FAQ will help you determine if you need to increase your milk supply as well as give you ways to increase your milk supply if appropriate.

The FAQ, "Is My Baby Getting Enough?" at also pertains to milk supply. Reading that FAQ will help you learn the indicators that your baby is receiving enough of your milk. If your baby is thriving on your milk then you can be assured that you have an adequate milk supply.

It is important to rule out "false alarms," such as growth spurts or no longer feeling "full" or engorged (more details are listed in the FAQ).

Here are some ideas that may help you to increase your milk supply. Look them over and consider which might work for you.

  • Contact a local La Leche League Leader for information and support. The section of our Web site entitled "Finding a Local LLL Group" at will help you do this.
  • Encourage your baby to breastfeed frequently and for as long as he will.
  • Offer both breasts at each feeding. Allow baby to stay at the first breast as long as he is actively sucking and swallowing. Offer the second breast when baby slows down or stops. "Finish the first breast first," is a good general rule. (This technique gives baby lots of the fatty "hindmilk".)
  • Baby should end the feeding. He may do this by falling asleep and detaching from the breast after about 10 to 30 minutes of active sucking and swallowing.
  • Be sure baby is latched on and positioned correctly at the breast, that is, lips should be on the areola (the darker skin area), well behind the nipple. An LLL Leader can help fine-tune positioning as well as suggest ideas to ease soreness. Breastfeeding isn’t supposed to hurt.
  • A sleepy baby may benefit from "switch nursing" that is, switching breasts two or three times during each feeding. Switch breasts when baby's sucking slows down and he swallows less often.
  • All of baby's sucking should be at the breast. Limit or stop pacifier use while encouraging baby to nurse more effectively. If you are supplementing, even temporarily, you can give the supplement by spoon, cup, or with a nursing supplementer. These can be viewed and purchased from our online catalogue at Contact an LLL Leader for assistance in using these.

For additional resources on this topic, please visit the FAQ itself at

Look for a new FAQ on breastfeeding and potassium iodide tablets in the next few days.



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.



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Contributors: Fran Crossland, Sue Ann Kendall

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