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The OnLLLine Chronicle: News from La Leche League International
Issue #40, December 2005

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The OnLLLine Chronicle is a free monthly e-newsletter from La Leche League International, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. We will share updates on LLLI's activities, new products, and other breastfeeding-related news. Thank you for subscribing, and we hope you enjoy our news and information!

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Sue Ann Kendall - Editor and LLLI Web Services Director
www.lalecheleague.org

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Featuring:

1. New on the LLLI Web Site
2. Breastfeeding Protection Initiative Information in Spanish
3. New Message Boards Coming to LLLI Web Site!
4. Holiday Ideas from the LLLI Alumnae Association
5. Innocenti Celebration
6. 2004 US Breastfeeding Statistics
7. Support a Variety of Breastfeeding Projects via LatchOn.org
8. Celebrate Breastfeeding, because you care!
9. End of the Year Appeal Letter in Spanish
10. Don't Forget! You Can Help LLL by Shopping at Amazon.com
11. Katrina Act Makes More of US Donations Deductible
12. Help LLL

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1. NEW ON THE LLLI WEB SITE

*Our Web site is keeping up with the latest trends by creating a varied and interesting collection of "podcasts," which are audio interviews that can be played on your computer or personal MP3 player. We have added eight new podcasts in the past month.

* Impact of Birthing Practices
* My Child Won't Eat and La Leche League Resource Translations
* Oversupply of Breastmilk
* Peer Counselor Program, LLLI
* Professional Development and Volunteer Work
* Sleepless in America
* Technology Update, LLLI
* What's New in the Leader Accreditation Department
* Your 10 - 14 Year Old

To listen, visit http://www.lalecheleague.org/podcasts.html

*The Center for Breastfeeding Information's breastfeeding paper of the month is ““Why babies should never sleep alone: A review of the co-sleeping controversy in relation to SIDS, bedsharing and breast feeding.” The summary is here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/cbi/journal.html.

*Items from the new 2005-2006 LLLI Catalogue are now available in our online catalogue, including a large number of sale items. We have some wonderful new materials for both parents and those who support breastfeeding mothers, and a convenient new category for note cards. Sale items are listed here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Web_sto...=2693135_15756

*If you are looking for an LLL Group in your vicinity to attend, don't forget to visit our index of local LLL Group Web pages, or choose a country from our convenient drop-down menu listing all countries and regions with LLL sites. Four new US Groups have been listed in the past month, in California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. To find all these, look at our collection of local LLL Web pages: http://www.lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html.

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2. BREASTFEEDING PROTECTION INITIATIVE MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

La Leche League International and Lansinoh today announce the expansion of The Breastfeeding Protection Initiative by offering a Spanish version of the Encourage, Support, Protect Breastfeeding cause bracelet. Since being launched in June 2005, over 18,000 English breastfeeding bracelets have been sold. All proceeds from the sale of both the English and Spanish bracelets are going to La Leche League International, who are using the funds to educate and raise awareness of breastfeeding rights around the world. As with the English language bracelets, all proceeds from the purchase of the Spanish language bracelets will go toward expanding efforts to inform more people about breastfeeding rights and to provide them with the tools they need to become a force for change in their community. In fact, funds raised through the sale of the English language bracelets were used to finance the production of the Spanish bracelets.

To read the English press release on the new bracelets, visit http://lalecheleague.org/donor/spanishBPIrelease.pdf or in Spanish, visit http://lalecheleague.org/donor/spani...latedFINAL.pdf -- to learn more about the Breastfeeding Protection Initiative or buy bracelets, visit

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3. NEW MESSAGE BOARDS COMING TO LLLI WEB SITE!

The La Leche League International web services department has just received a donation of new message board (bulletin board/bbs) software. We are configuring the system now, and look forward to bringing a new online community to the parents we support. Our working and breastfeeding forum has been very popular over the past 7 years, even with its limitations and "unique features" (such as dates that are not Y2K compatible). The new message board system will have a full set of features, new topics and an easy to use interface that will be familiar to many bulletin board junkies. Come check it out early in 2006--we will have a prominent link to the bulletin board on our home page and our "breastfeeding information" main page.

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4. HOLIDAY IDEAS FROM THE LLLI ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION

The LLLI AlumNAE Association would like to call your attention to our Web site and some of the features that might interest you, in light of the upcoming holidays. The "Alum Fun" section of the Web site offers family gift ideas, favorite recipes, as well as other stories and memories. You can find this section of the Web site at http://www.lalecheleague.org/Alumnae/AlumFun.htm

These pages are for everyone, not just Alumnae Association members. We certainly encourage any past or present League Leaders or members to join the Association, though, by going to www.lalecheleague.org/Join.html

If you want to share your ideas, please fill out an online form or send a message directly to jjendron@usit.net.

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5. INNOCENTI CELEBRATION

Hedy Nuriel, Executive Director, La Leche League International (LLLI) and Rebecca Magalhães, Dir., LLLI External Relations and Advocacy, traveled to Florence Italy and represented LLLI at the conference on 21-22 of November that celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration on the Promotion, Protection and Support of Breastfeeding. In addition to having an LLLI table with organizational materials for display and distribution, Hedy and Rebecca participated in onsite meetings to work on the text of the 2005 Innocenti Declaration, presented the Proclamation Scroll, signed by Leaders and others at the LLLI 19th International Conference, to the President of the Tuscany Region to be placed in the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC), and Hedy, Rebecca and Marian Tompson signed the Participants 2005 Innocenti Declaration. For more information about the 15th Anniversary, the conference and future publications and activities please go to the Innocenti 15 web site http://innocenti15.net/ where you can also sign the guest book and submit your thoughts and comments on breastfeeding promotion, protection and support.

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6. 2004 US BREASTFEEDING STATISTICS

The Center for Breastfeeding Information (CBI) at LLLI has a link to the new 2004 Breastfeeding Statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its Additional Resources page. The CBI is one of the world's largest libraries of information on breastfeeding, human lactation and related topics. See what new and interesting data we have prepared at http://lalecheleague.org/cbi/additional.html or to go directly to the statistics, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/dat.../data_2004.htm

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