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Media Release: Surgeon General Joins Other World-Renowned Breastfeeding and Parenting Experts at La Leche League International Conference

Contact: Kimberly Cavaliero at (847) 519-7730 ext. 233; Mary Lofton, ext. 271 or Mary Hurt, ext. 286.

Chicago, IL (June, 2001)-Over 3,000 health care providers, lactation specialists, parents, babies and children will fill the Hilton Chicago July 7-10, 2001 at the La Leche League International Conference to hear world-renowned experts in the field of breastfeeding and parenting including United States Surgeon General, David Satcher, M.D. Dr. Satcher will speak on the importance of breastfeeding for minority populations and the health benefits associated with breastfeeding. Dr. Satcher initiated the US Health and Human Services Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding.

The Conference offers more than one hundred sessions on parenting, breastfeeding, integrative health options and personal development, including Marjorie Kostelnik, PhD, who will present information on practical strategies for dealing with bullies and victims; James Mc Kenna, PhD, world-renowned sleep researcher who will talk about co-sleeping and the risk of SIDs; author Barbara Colorosa, who will discuss parenting in times of chaos and loss; author and dance instructor Anne Green Gilbert, who will demonstrate how movement affects brain development; Judith Siegel, PhD, who will explore what children learn from their parents' marriage; William J. Doherty, PhD, who will stress the importance of face-to-face family time; Dr.William Sears, "America's Pediatrician," who will discuss the long-term effects of attachment parenting, and Deborah Rowe, popular Chicago radio personality, newscaster and author, who as the specially featured banquet speaker will share her views on mothering and breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding experts include Margaret Kyenkya-Isabirye, Senior Advisor UNICEF; Randa Saadeh, Technical Advisor, the World Health Organization; Nils Bergman, MD, MPH, initiator of skin-to-skin care for fragile infants in South Africa; Ted Greiner, PhD, senior lecturer Uppsala University Sweden and breastfeeding specialist; Chestin Berlin, MD, noted pediatric and toxicology specialist, who will speak about medications in the breastfeeding mother; Kathleen Kendall Tacket, PhD, who will talk about the impact of diet, exercise, and weight loss on human milk composition and supply; Mayer Eisenstein, MD, author and host of a nationally syndicated talk show whose subject will be intimacy and sexuality during pregnancy and breastfeeding; Inga Spurlock, who will discuss promoting breastfeeding among women of color; and Raj K. Anand, MD, Indian author who will talk about creating a breastfeeding-friendly world.

The conference is the 17th such venture for the 44 year old organization, founded by seven Chicago- area mothers who wanted to help others breastfeed. La Leche League International today offers a variety of educational opportunities for medical professionals, publishes and sells books and magazines on breastfeeding and parenting and maintains an award-winning website at

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