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Valuable Lessons for All at the LLLI Conference

Mary Hurt
LLLI PR Associate
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 41 No. 1, February-March 2005, p. 11.

The La Leche League International Conference on July 2-5, 2005, in Washington DC, USA will present a wide variety of information. Regardless of what stage of parenting and life you’re in, the LLLI Conference has valuable sessions to offer!

For parents of toddlers, Dr. Carlos González will explain how to prevent and resolve eating problems during session, "Children’s Eating Problems: Why Children Refuse Food."

Dr González, who has referred to himself as the father of three and a pediatrician in his spare time, believes that, "Every healthy child who is allowed to eat as much as he wants will eat exactly the amount of food he needs." He states:

Most of the "encouraging" things that are suggested by friends and family members are not helpful, so the child eats exactly as much as before, but not as happily as before. Should any method succeed, it would be dangerous because the child would eat more than he needs. Even a small increase in daily intake would result in obesity in the long run.

Dr. González is the President of ACPAM (Catalan Breastfeeding Association in Barcelona, Spain), the author of several books, LLLI Health Advisory Council Member, and winner of the LLLI Award of Appreciation for 2003. His book, Mi niño no me come (My Child Will Not Eat), is being translated into English and will be available from LLLI in the future.

"Raising Resilient Children" will be presented by internationally known speaker and author Teresa Pitman. During her session, she will focus on how some children and adults who have been through abuse, trauma, and other highly stressful situations survive and even thrive while others exposed to similar situations may suffer ongoing problems.

Researchers have found that there are a number of consistent factors that contribute to making a person resilient. Many of these factors relate to parenting. Unconditional love and responding to a child’s needs are critically important for creating resilience.

Teresa Pitman, BSc, has been a La Leche League Leader for 25 years and is the Executive Director of La Leche League Canada. She is the author or coauthor of nine books on parenting including Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and The Overweight Child.

During the session "Women’s Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health," author Jeanne Watson Driscoll, MS, RN, CS, will address a new way to understand emotional well-being. Included in her presentation will be discussion about the need to include female reproductive hormones as a critical aspect of a woman’s life. Whether you are menstrual, pregnant, postnatal, perimenopausal, or menopausal, you are sure to receive a wealth of detailed information on how to maintain a proper hormonal balance and a happier, more productive life.

Jeanne Watson Driscoll is a Certified Adult Psychiatric- Mental Health Clin-ical Nurse Specialist in private practice, a member of the American Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and enrolled as a part-time student in the Doctoral Program in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, USA. She is also co-founder of the Hestia Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, which is dedicated to the treatment of women with mood and anxiety problems across the reproductive cycle.

We hope to see you in Washington, DC, as LLLI and the worldwide breastfeeding community celebrate Breastfeeding: An Ancient Art, A Modern Miracle. For more information about attending the LLLI Conference, go to www.lalecheleague.org or see the registration booklet in the January-February 2005 issue of NEW BEGINNINGS.

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