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Finding Answers

From: LEAVEN, Vol. 37 No. 6, December 2001-January 2002, pp. 134-135.
Judy Torgus, LLLI Publications Director

Dear LLLI,

Sometimes I get calls from breastfeeding mothers and can’t find the answer in THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK. I’ve been keeping a list of the questions in the back of the book. Is there someone I can send these questions to for review for possible publication in the next BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK?

Tarri Bye Washington USA

Dear Tarri,

Your question comes at a good time because we are beginning the process of revising the THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK. As you can imagine, it is a lengthy process. Right now we estimate that the revision will take about a year and we hope to have the Second Revised Edition available in late 2002 or early 2003. This reflects the usual time frame for revising a book like this. It will be about six years since the last revision was published in early 1997. Following the revision of THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, we will be planning a revised edition of THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING so that book is kept up-to-date to reflect the most current information also. At this point, it looks as though the next revision of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding would be planned for late 2003, but that is not definite. Again, it would be a six-year time span since the last edition was published in mid-1997.

In revising both of these books, we are mindful of the hard work that has gone into translations that have been done in various languages. THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK is currently available in French and German and the Spanish edition will be available from LLLI on February 1, 2002 (See page 135 for ordering information). A translation into Dutch is awaiting publication.

It often takes many years for a translation to be completed, reviewed, and printed, so a revision is sometimes in process before the translated edition is available. We keep this in mind as we are working on the revision. If the translators can be told exactly which sections were revised or added, they can publish a revised edition without doing a whole new translation. This is not always possible in cases where the original book is totally rewritten or reorganized, but in the case of the THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, we plan to revise only 25 to 30 percent of the book and keep track of everything that is changed or added.

In the meantime, LLLI is always looking into new research and new information that Leaders need to know. Articles in both LEAVEN and NEW BEGINNINGS are often written in response to a need for information on topics not covered inTHE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK or The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. New research is reviewed regularly in BREASTFEEDING ABSTRACTS (English), and in L’Allatamento Moderno (Italian), Bulletin Borstvoeding (Dutch), Les Dossiers de l’Allaitement (French), and Meyda Hanaka (Hebrew). Area Professional Liaison Leaders (APLs) are kept up-to-date through regular mailings from the Center for Breastfeeding Information (CBI) and through their Division/Affiliate Professional Liaison newsletters.

Information in LLLI pamphlets and tear-off sheets is also reviewed periodically and updated as needed to reflect new research. When these are substantially revised they are mentioned on the LEAVEN “Update” page with a summary of what has been changed. When a new topic is identified that needs to be addressed, we make plans to include that topic in a future article or pamphlet. Pamphlets in other languages are produced and updated mainly by Areas in the International Division and by Affiliates.

LLLI welcomes input from Leaders worldwide who discover new information or are asked questions about situations that are not covered in our publications. They can write directly to the LLLI Publications Department or to the Managing Editors of the various periodicals. However, it might be most effective to work through the Professional Liaison (PL) network because PL Leaders may already have the information and they need to be aware of the questions Leaders are being asked. One of the strengths of La Leche League is the network of support that is available to LLL Leaders through our various communication channels.

In regard to the THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, we have already asked PL Leaders for their suggestions of topics that need to be revised, added, or updated. You can send your comments to your APL to be forwarded to LLLI, send them directly to BAB at llli.org (email), or you may write directly to: LLLI Publications Department, BAB Revisions, P.O. Box 4079, Schaumburg, IL 60168-4079 USA. The deadline to receive comments is March 1, 2002.

What if I don’t have a BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK in my language, or if I cannot find the answer in THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK I have now? For Spanish-speaking Leaders, a major source of support and information is the email list enLLLace. Leaders who use email may subscribe to enLLLace at this Web page:


or by writing to Yanet Olivares de Saiz at m.saiz at codetel.net.do (email).

Doris Niklaus, APL for Switzerland, shares some examples of resources available to Leaders in that Affiliate: “As well as THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, we consult THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, articles in the buLLLetin (LLL magazine for breastfeeding mothers in German), articles in the Swiss Leaders’ Letter Beraterinnrnbrief/Lettre aux Animatrices/Lettera alli Consulenti, pamphlets, and we communicate with experienced co-Leaders. When a Leader can’t find an answer, then she can ask her local Assistant Area Professional Liaison (AAPL) or the Area Professional Liaison (APL). For difficult or special questions (these are often medical questions), the APL can ask a member of our Professional Advisory Board. From them we always get the needed information in very short time. With these sources we are usually able to find an answer to all breastfeeding questions.”

The new LLLI Global Publications Directory (No. 404-20) gives contact details where you can obtain ordering information and complete lists of LLL publications in many languages. More information is available on these Web sites:


An article discussing this topic was published in the August-September 2000 issue of Leaven (p. 77). This article may be viewed on the LLLI Web site at:

Many thanks to these Leaders who have contributed to this article: Doris Niklaus (Switzerland), Cordelia Koppitz (Germany), Yanet Olivares de Saiz (Dominican Republic), Waleska Porras (Costa Rica).

Please share your questions or concerns on issues of common interest to Leaders by writing to “Letters to LLLI,” Cynthia Sherar, csherar at laurel.ce.umn.edu (email) or via regular mail delivery, Cynthia Sherar, 282 Hallam Curve, Mahtomedi, MN 55115-2201 USA. We cannot publish anonymous letters. Due to limited space, Leaven does not publish every letter received, and those which are published may be edited for clarity and length. However, each letter will receive a response.

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