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Media Release: La Leche League International to Present Lactation Specialist Workshops: Breastfeeding: Evidence-Based Success

La Leche League International (LLLI) will provide a series of Lactation Specialist Workshops to be presented in various locations around the country during the spring and fall of 2004. The purpose of these workshops is to provide a postgraduate course for lactation specialists on current breastfeeding information, skills and tools needed to assist breastfeeding mothers in prenatal and postnatal situations. The workshops will be held: April 17, Pittsburgh PA; April 19, Atlanta GA; April 21, New York NY; April 23, Minneapolis MN; October 16, Phoenix AZ, October 18, Baltimore MD, October 20 Boston MA and October 22 Chicago IL.

Michal A. Young, MD, FAAP, will present The Risk of Not Breastfeeding: the Ad Campaign. Dr. Young, who is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine and an actively practicing neonatalogist, will also address the question: Breastfeeding: How Long is Long Enough? Dr. Young is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is the Breastfeeding Coordinator of the D.C. Chapter of the A.A.P.

Mary Kroeger, RN ,CNM, MPH, has been a nurse midwife for over twenty years in the USA. She also lived and worked long-term overseas in Belize, Swaziland, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. She will explore the Impact of Childbirth Practices and Interventions on Breastfeeding Outcomes: Overview of the Problem. She will also present the Mother and Baby Continuum: Immediate and sustained skin contact and no separation after birth: non-negotiable for normal mothers and babies. Ms. Kroeger is a specialist in safe motherhood, child survival, birth spacing, lactation management, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT).

With increasing rates of breastfeeding initiation, it is essential that lactation specialists have access to the skills, information and education that will enable them to meet the needs of mothers and babies. The Lactation Specialists Workshops offers one of the best continuing education programs in breastfeeding help.

This CE activity, for 9.0 contact hours, has been approved by the Illinois Nurses Association, Continuing Education Approver Unit, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 9 L CERPs will be awarded from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

LLLI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. LLLI designates this educational activity for a maximum of 9 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

LLLI offers mother-to-mother breastfeeding support in over sixty countries, houses the world’s largest lactation library, and publishes books and magazines about breastfeeding and parenting. LLLI’s informative website is www.lalecheleague.org For more information about the 2004 Lactation Specialist Workshop Series XIX contact Sally Murphy at (847)519-7730, ext. #218 or SMurphy at llli.org

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