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LLLI Conference to Offer Wide Selection of Topics

Mary Hurt
LLLI Public Relations Associate
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 41 No. 2, April-May 2005, p. 35.

Have you thought about attending the 2005 LLLI Conference in Washington, DC, USA on July 2-5? There's still time to register so you can enrich your life as well as the lives of mothers in your LLL Group!

Breastfeeding Sessions

Many aspects of breastfeeding and related topics will be discussed at the Conference, including current topics such as "Breastfeeding and Emergency Situations." In the event of war, famine, drought, earthquakes, or any other crisis, the existing health risks of bottle and formula-feeding are greatly increased due to such variables as limited and possibly contaminated water supply, lack of proper storage, and crowding, which increases exposure to illness. One of the most important measures that can be taken in an emergency situation is the support of breastfeeding. At her session, Randa Saadeh, MSc, RD, technical officer of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization, will provide recent information on how the World Health Organization responded to the Tsunami in South Asia, particularly in its support for breastfeeding women affected by this disaster.

"Breastfeeding as a Public Health Issue" will be another inspiring and informational session presented by Ted Greiner, PhD, and Suzanne Haynes, PhD. Dr. Greiner is a senior nutritionist for PATH, a private voluntary organization with headquarters in Washington, DC. He is also the coordinator of the WABA Task Force on HIV and Infant Feeding. With a background in nutrition and with global interest, Dr. Greiner sees breastfeeding as a worldwide health issue. He encourages breastfeeding advocates, "To make the world a place where breastfeeding works better for mothers and babies."

Dr. Haynes is Senior Science Advisor, Office on Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. She led the effort to develop the HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, the US Department of Health and Human Services' first policy on breastfeeding. She is currently overseeing the plans for the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, a US sponsored Advertising Council public service campaign. She has written extensively on women's health issues.

Another long-time breastfeeding advocate, James Akre, BA, MPIA, will talk about "Breastfeeding and the Three M's: Media, Marketing, and Money." Mr. Akre states, "The more support and information people have about breastfeeding, the better. Countries should work to reinforce a supportive breastfeeding culture by eliminating obstacles to breastfeeding in the healthcare system, workplaces, and the wider community." Mr. Akre is well-suited to present a global perspective. He is a founding member of the International Breastfeeding Support Collective and has had 30 years of experience serving in agencies of the United Nations.

Parenting Sessions

In addition to breastfeeding topics, some of the most popular sessions at LLLI Conferences are parenting sessions. A panel of experienced parents and LLL Leaders will talk about dealing with teenage and young adult children in the complicated 21st century at their session titled "Today's Youth: Facing New Challenges in the Modern World." Joyce Bermes, RN, IBCLC, Irma Chaviarria de Maza, Marsha Pettinger, and Harriet Smiley, BS, IBCLC will take part in this presentation. This panel will offer suggestions on how to be supportive and maintain communication even when your children make decisions with which you don't agree.

As your children grow, perhaps you feel "caught in the middle" between the needs of your aging parents and your children. You are not alone. In the session, "The Sandwich Generation," experienced Leaders, parents, and daughters, Mary Kolar, Cecily Harkins, and Helene Scheff, RDE, will help parents navigate their way through the sometimes conflicting roles of parenting children and helping aging parents.

LLLI Founder Edwina Froehlich and LLL of Honduras Founder Judy Canahuati will discuss aging from a different perspective in the session "How Old is Old?" Join these strong, inspiring women as they share how to make the most of aging and healthful practices that lead to an active, vigorous life.

Registration materials were included in the January-February 2005 issue of New Beginnings and are also available online at www.lalecheleague.org. Be sure to take advantage of the new Leader price and early bird registration discount and join the breastfeeding community as we celebrate Breastfeeding: Ancient Art, Modern Miracle on July 2-5, 2005 at the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC, USA.

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