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Outstanding Speakers to be Featured at 2007 LLLI Conference

Wonderful speakers, impressive information, and outstanding subject matter will be the hallmark of the LLLI 50th Anniversary Conference—Celebrating the Power of Breastfeeding—July 20-23, 2007 in Chicago Illinois USA. The Conference will be the culmination of a year's worth of activities celebrating the Founding of La Leche League in October 1956.

Join with us to pay tribute to the Founders of LLLI, to celebrate breastfeeding and the founding of an organization that began as a neighborhood resource and grew to have a presence around the globe. You will be able to choose from almost 100 unique sessions on breastfeeding, parenting, and personal development. Be sure to back with this page often. As speakers are confirmed they will be added to this impressive roster.


Why Mothers Abandon Breastfeeding

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The Role of the Father During Delivery and Breastfeeding Michael Abou-Dakn, IBCLC is the Medical Director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at St. Joseph's Hospital in Berlin Germany. He has taught at the European Institute for Gender Medicine at Humboldt University and has written numerous scientific papers on different themes in obstetrics including breastfeeding. His interest in helping breastfeeding mothers led him to become a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Dr. Abou-Dakn is past President of the UNICEF/WHO "Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative" in Germany. He is dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed and has specialized in lactation and breastfeeding problems. An internationally recognized speaker, he has presented sessions on many aspects of breastfeeding including the treatment and diagnosis of mastitis and abscess; the significance of 24-hour rooming-in to the breastfeeding relationship; how to become a baby friendly hospital; and emotions and breastfeeding.

Barefoot Summers: Reflections of Home, Family, and Simple Pleasures

Faith Andrews Bedford, author and storyteller, will share information and inspiration on how to create homespun memories. As Bedford shares personal snippets of childhood, motherhood, and grandparenthood, she hopes to inspire new traditions, and cause attendees to enjoy taking time to treasure the seemingly small moments of life.

Ms. Bedford is a prolific writer of non-fiction as well as being and an art historian. After spending time in the "joyous chaos?" of raising three children and tending a small herb and honey farm, being a LLL leader and lactation consoultant at her local hospital she returned to school and began researching American Impressionist painter, Frank W. Benson. In between classes and research, Faith began writing stories and essays about life in the country. She began reflecting on quiet pursuits and simple pleasures for her column "Kids in the Country" in Country Living magazine which eventually evolved into her book Barefoot Summers.

Ethical Practices for the Lactation Care Provider

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Lois Arnold, PhD will help Lactation Care Providers the information they need to understand ethics, make informed decisions, and become aware of conflicts of interest. She will talk about the Code of Ethics for IBCLCs. This session will satisfy the continuing education requirement on ethics for board certified lactation consultants.

Dr. Arnold is the President of the National Commission of Donor Milk Banking and is the Founder, Former Chairwoman and Current Board Member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. She is also the Executive Director of the Human Milk Banking Association and is an Administrative Consultant to Baby-Friendly USA. She was a member of the first International People to People Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Delegation to Russia, Rumania, and Cuba.

The Breastfeeding Café: Sharing the Joys, Secrets and Challenges of Nursing


The Empowering and Healing Potential of Breastfeeding

Barbara Behrmann, PhD, author of The Breastfeeding Café: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges and Secrets of Nursing, will examine the empowering and healing potential of breastfeeding. Sharing heart-warming and inspirational anecdotes she will tell how breastfeeding can empower women, help them appreciate their bodies, heal from past trauma, help build and repair relationships, and help them become stronger, more confident women.

She believes that breastfeeding can become a catalyst for women, enabling them to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities. Participants will come away from this inspiring and humorous presentation with a better understanding of breastfeeding from the perspective of women's lives and a new appreciation of how various cultural factors can facilitate or impede breastfeeding. Dr. Behrmann's web site is

Mother Baby Togetherness: The Biological Needs Of The Baby For The Mother


Kangaroo Mother Care:Restoring The Original Paradigm For Infant Care And Breastfeeding


Dr. Nils Bergman introduced Kangaroo Mother Care to South Africa in 1995. Kangaroo Mother Care is a universally available method of care for all newborns, but is especially significant for premature babies. It involves the Kangaroo Position, i.e., maternal infant skin-to-skin contact. It involves Kangaroo Nutrition which is early and exclusive breastfeeding, and Kangaroo Support which requires no separation of mother and baby.

Dr. Bergman believes that separation of mother and baby causes hormones to be released which interfere with digestion and other normal functions of the baby's body. When separated from its mother, the baby is in survival mode rather than growing normally. Kangaroo Mother Care enables the baby to relax, and improves the heart rate and the temperature. High levels of stress hormones can have permanent bad effects on the brain of the baby resulting in behavior problems and lower I.Q.

Dr. Bergman is a graduate of the University of Cape Town. He has worked in South Africa, Sweden, and Zimbabwe. As Medical Superintendent and District Medical Officer at Manama Mission, Zimbabwe, he together with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo, developed and implemented Kangaroo Mother Care for premature infants. As a result, there was a five-fold improvement in survival of Very Low Birth Weight babies.

Dr. Bergman has given keynote addresses at international conferences in six continents and has published articles on a variety of subjects in medical journals. He continues to research and promote Kangaroo Mother Care.

From the Grass Roots: How Leaders Can Influence People by the Millions (pre-Conference Workshop)


What Moms Really Think: Startling Results and Insights from the La Leche League User Survey

Josh Bernoff, vice president at Forrester Research, has been a top media analyst since 1995. Mr. Bernoff has spoken at TV industry conferences including the executive summits of both the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association. He regularly advises top executives at media and technology companies.

Mr. Bernoff, who is married to LLL Leader Charlene Bernoff, is a member of the LLLI Management Advisory Council. He has been a guest on television’s “60 Minutes” and is frequently quoted in the national press. He is a dynamic speaker who will help attendees understand the most cutting-edge ways to reach mothers who want to breastfeed and how to expand their influence by reaching more and more people. His sessions will give new insights on ways to help lactating women.

The Magic Of La Leche League: Building A Future For Children And Families Around The World

Dynamic speaker and educator Michael Brandwein is an expert on working with young people and has spoken on six continents and in all 50 US states. He wrote and presented three Emmy award-winning television programs called Parenting Puzzle and has written three best-selling books for professionals who lead youth. He was the 2006 national keynoter for the Smart Start early childhood conference. He is frequent staff development speaker for professionals who work with children from pre-kindergarten through high school and a keynoter for many national, state, and international professional association s that serve young people, educators, and families.

Michael's varied background includes writing and hosting a live presentation with Jim Henson's Muppets for HBO and the American Library Association to encourage young people to read. He is a past national board member of the American Camp Association and has served as a trainer and consultant for the National Parent Teachers Association's national program to build better partnerships between parents and schools. Michael's diverse background includes a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School, graduation from the famed Second City improvisational school, and over 25 years as a professional magician. He has been a full time speaker and trainer since 1987. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Chicago area.

Evaluating and Solving Difficult Breastfeeding Problems: New Case Studies

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Karin Cadwell, PhD, FAAN, RN, IBCLC is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, researcher and educator. Dr. Cadwell counsels breastfeeding mothers at the Center for Breastfeeding, a community-based lactation clinic on Cape Cod and is a delegate to the U.S. National Breastfeeding Committee. She is a member of the faculty of Union Institute and Universities Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in maternal child health-lactation consulting.

She is the author of numerous books and articles including Case Studies in Breastfeeding, Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the United States. She has led delegations focusing on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation to China, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Latvia, Cuba, Egypt, and Israel. Her Case Studies session promises to give participants the necessary tools to solve difficult breastfeeding problems.

Teaching Tools for Making Breastfeeding Support Fun

Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC and Kendall Cox, IBCLC will share strategies for helping mothers in supportive and interesting ways. The session will take a fun interactive approach to working with mothers, even mothers who are undecided about breastfeeding. It will include insights into active listening principles, interview techniques, and ways to help motivate woman to make positive behavior changes.

Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, RLC and Kendall Cox, BA, IBCLC, RLC are co-founders of Every Mother, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy families through counseling and lactation education and resources for health professionals and the families they support.

Ms. Carothers is an experienced trainer and speaker who have provided breastfeeding promotion and support training in over 50 states. She is Director of Marketing for the International Lactation Consultant Association and the mother of five healthy breastfed children.

Kendall Cox, IBCLC got her start by breastfeeding twins. Her background includes over three years in Botswana Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She helped develop the “Loving Support through Peer Counseling” curriculum to train peer counselors.

Let Them be Little

Billy Dean, Grammy award-winning country music artist, will perform his popular song, “Let Them be Little” at the celebration dinner and closing. The song reminds parents to let their children be little because they are only little for a short time and cautions them to “Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day. Let 'em cry, Let 'em giggle, let'em sleep in the middle, Oh! but let them be little.”

Billy Dean says that, as a single Dad, he finds himself struggling with the temptation to let his daughter and son grow up too fast. He says that writing the song has actually helped him slow down and let his children be children. Billy Dean also balances his work and family life. The most difficult part for him is traveling. He says it is both good and bad. It’s good when his children are able to travel with him because they absolutely love to travel. It is difficult when he has to leave them behind and travel.

His amazing voice comes naturally to him from his father who was a singer. He didn’t take voice lessons until he moved to Nashville.

Using The Home Court Advantage For Child Birth

Mayer Eisenstein, M.D., J.D, MPH in his book The Home Birth Advantage, states: I had been looking for years for an analogy to explain that special edge which all home birth mothers have over their hospital counterparts. He found the analogy while looking to sports statistics where all else being equal, the home team has the advantage. He believes mothers giving birth at home also experience the home court advantage. He says: It is no surprise that similar statistics apply to having a baby in your own home court. Babies are born at home usually in half the time of a hospital-delivered baby and usually with no intervention from the home birth team. The mother has her fans there, as close as they can get to her and as many fans as she needs around her to cheer her to victory.

Dr. Eisenstein bases his beliefs as the Medical Director of Homefirst Health Services, the largest physician attended home birth service in the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School, the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Public Health, and the John Marshall Law School. He has been in private medical practice since 1973 and has delivered over 14,000 babies at home.

Dr. Eisenstein is an avid supporter of breastfeeding mothers and a popular speaker. He hosts the Homefirst Family Health Forum, a nationally syndicated radio program. He is an energetic and enthusiastic speaker who inspires breastfeeding mothers and those who help them.

Breastfeeding Techniques That Work Including Baby Self Attachment


Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PC, the Coordinator of Lactation Education at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center, is internationally known for her over 40 years of work developing breastfeeding programs. She is a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at the University of California School of Medicine.

A sought after speaker, she is frequently invited to instruct at universities and medical conferences in many countries and sits on the United States National Breastfeeding Committee as well as the State of California's Breastfeeding Promotion Committee.

Having breastfed her own children, she blends personal experience with scholarship.

She is producer of the DVD Breastfeeding Techniques That Work. As an expert on breastfeeding techniques, she has the latest information on a variety of holds for the breastfeeding mother such as the Side-Hold and the Opposite-Hand Hold. She demonstrates how proper attachment can prevent nipple soreness. She is one of the most respected authorities on the baby self-attachment technique where the newborn actually crawls up the mother's stomach and self-attaches to her nipple. Her presentation is not to be missed.

Update on Jaundice in the Breastfed Baby

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Lawrence Gartner, MD, FAAP, well-known for his studies of the relationship between breastfeeding and newborn jaundice, will present the latest in evidence-based research on this subject. Dr. Gartner has demonstrated over decades the difference between the regularly occurring physiologic jaundice in the breastfed infant which provides protection of the newborn because of the antioxidant effect of bilirubin and the type of jaundice that is connected to the breastfed infant who is receiving less than optimal milk.

Dr. Gartner is head of the Breastfeeding Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is professor emeritus of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago. He is a founding member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and a member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council.

It Takes A Family To Have A Baby; A Pioneer In Natural Childbirth - Shares Her Insights


La Leche League: The Catalyst For A Revolution In Attitudes

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, called the mother of modern midwifery by many, will present her perspective on natural childbirth at the Conference. She is well known for her seminal work, Spiritual Midwifery, which is now in its fourth edition. Her more recent book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, encourages women to gain confidence in their bodies and assures them that their bodies will work.

Ina May, who has personally attended more than 1200 births, developed the "Gaskin Maneuver" which uses simple body movements to facilitate a difficult birth. This obstetrical maneuver is the first to be named after a midwife. Ina May Gaskin will delight Conference attendees with her touch of wry humor and her intelligent command of birth research and statistics.

Media Violence And How It Affects Children


How The Psychology Of Advertising Affects The Brain Development Of Children

Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist, directs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University where he studies media's effects on children and adults. This energetic and engaging speaker will give parents the information they need and want to make informed media choices for their family. He will discuss screen time, i.e. television, video games, the internet, and how it effects children.

Dr. Gentile is the author of the recently published book, Violent Video Games, and has written and spoken prolifically about issues such as the connection between media and brain development, the effects of television and video game violence, the results of tobacco and alcohol advertising on adolescents, and the psychology of advertising.

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More

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Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC currently is employed as a lactation consultant for TriHealth hospitals in Cincinnati Ohio. She has worked as an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing, and worked as a staff nurse in labor and childbirth education and early postpartum discharge care. She is a La Leche League Leader and formed the first LLL group for mothers of multiples in 1977 after her twins were born.

She is the author of Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More and is co-author of Keys to Parenting Twins. She has written numerous articles and chapters on breastfeeding and parenting multiples for professional and consumer publications. Well-known as a speaker on various topics related to breastfeeding and parenting multiple-birth children, she especially enjoys presenting to nurses, consultants and parent groups. She was President of the International Lactation Consultant Association from 1994-1996.

Medications And Mothers’ Milk

Thomas W. Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, will present a session on Medications and Mothers’ Milk. Dr. Hale will describe the transmission of drugs into human milk and how to breast feed away from peak levels. He will review the physiology and endocrinology of breast milk production. He will describe medication kinetics including half-life, protein binding, timing of feeds and side effects of some medications. Dr. Hale will include a review of various medications including galactogogues, antidepressants, birth control preparations, anesthetic agents, and radio contrast agents.

Dr. Hale is an experienced clinical pharmacologist and author of Medications and Mothers’ Milk. He has many years experience lecturing in all areas of pharmacology and therapeutics. He is an expert on the use of medications in breastfeeding women and has traveled the world lecturing on this topic. He is considered one of the leading experts in the field of human lactation and the use of medication and has written or co-authored more than 25 publications, dozens of abstracts, and numerous book chapters. Dr. Hale currently has a number of research projects underway on various aspects of human lactation, medications, clinical pharmacology, and mastitis.

The Latest Research On The Anatomy Of The Lactating Breast And Implications For Clinical Practice


Peter E. Hartman, BRurSc, PhD of the University of Western Australia and his team have recently concluded the most exciting and original research in breast milk expression since the 1950's. This cutting-edge research on the anatomy of the lactating breast may change older anatomy textbooks. Previous research indicated that women have15 to 20 ducts in each breast. With the use of new imaging techniques Dr. Hartman has discovered that women have an average of only 9 ducts with some women having as few as 4. These studies have implications for surgeons and women considering cosmetic surgery since losing a few ducts could impair the ability to breastfeed.

The research also has dispelled previous beliefs that the breast held milk sinuses where milk would collect. Lactation specialists will benefit from a new understanding of breast anatomy as they help mothers learning to breastfeed.

Peter Edwin Hartmann gained his PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Peter Hartmann is renowned for his innovative techniques and studies in the field of lactation.

He is a popular speaker around the world.

Hirkani’s Daughters: Scaling Modern Mountains to Combine Breastfeeding and Working

Jennifer Hicks compiled and edited the motivating stories of women from over 35 countries and six continents who have scaled modern mountains to combine breastfeeding and working. The title, Hirkani’s Daughters was inspired by an ancient Indian tale about Hirkani, a young mother, who scaled down a 1,000-foot vertical cliff in order to get to her baby to breastfeed.

This session will tell the story of modern employed mothers who have overcome various obstacles to continue breastfeeding. Each woman featured evaluated her options and took the path that worked best for her family. The stories provide joy, wisdom, and encouragement to all families who want to provide the gift of human milk to their babies.

Anatomy of the Nipple and Its Impact on Breastfeeding

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Kay Hoover, MEd, IBCLC, lactation consultant for the Breastfeeding Clinic in The Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA, where she is conducting research on breastfeeding, providing outpatient lactation consultations for the community, and educating students and health care professionals about breastfeeding. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Breastfeeding Coalition, the International Lactation Consultant Association, and is an LLLI Leader.

She is a co-author of The Breastfeeding Atlas, now in its 3rd edition, and Candidiasis and Breastfeeding (Unit 6 of the Lactation Consultant Series Two.) She is the author of The Link between Infant's Oral Thrush and Nipple and Breast Pain in Lactating Women. Kay is described as a delightful, captivating speaker with a reputation of excellent presentations.

The Smartest Women In The Room: The Business History And Economic Impact Of Breastfeeding


From Pablum To Pad Thai: The Twisted History And Big Business Of Baby Food

Margaret Kenda, PhD believes we should consider breastfeeding as a business decision, and she believes that breastfeeding mothers are truly the smartest women in the room. They have co-opted an entrenched business establishment dedicated to making money from new parents. These are the women who resist paying thousands of dollars for a special high-priced formula, even though colorful and attractive advertisements tell them it will protect their children's vision and raise their IQ. And their decisions will affect a global economic, as well as their own personal finances. The session will also include the history of formula from home made pap to modern designer formula.

In another session Margaret will talk about how the great chefs are rebelling against the commercialization of baby food. They're daring enough to make their own elegant foods for toddlers. They know there's a narrow window of opportunity to orient their children's taste buds toward nutritious, real food the comfort food to which they will return as adults. So they plan hands-on sensory experiences with the tastes, textures, and smells of eating.

Their children will not grow up with the sugar-and-salt experiences of what has come to seem ordinary commercial food. Commercial baby food has a history: from Pablum that three Toronto pediatricians invented in 1930, to combat rickets, scurvy, and the other diseases of malnutrition they were seeing in their patients; to the full commercialization of baby food with Gerber and the other big food corporations; to the battles of the Food and Drug Administration to stop swindles such as the Beech-Nut apple juice scandal of the 1980's; to the complicated corporate maneuverings that continue to the present day.

She will provide recipes for pad thai and other special chef's foods that you can prepare for your own children.

Margaret Kenda is author of the LLLI book, Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers and of several other cookbooks for parents. Over the years, she has joined—and in some cases led—the protest against the over-commercialization of baby food and the push for wholesome, healthful foods for children. She has recently presented the results of her research to the North American Culinary Historians Organization, and has written an academic article for one of their publications.

Over the years, Margaret Kenda has met many parents of toddlers who are dealing with complicated food problems, especially allergies and food sensitivities. In addition to the two sessions, she has agreed to meet with parents to give one-on-one advice on baby food. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. She is the mother of a son and two daughters and has a new grandson.

Complementary And Alternative Treatments For Depressed New Mothers


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC is the author or editor of twelve books on various aspects of women's health including The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood and Depression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment Alternatives. She is a health psychologist and international board-certified Lactation Consultant. She is research associate professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire's Family Research Lab in Durham New Hampshire. She is Chair of the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force and a former member of the La Leche League International Board of Directors.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett will present a comprehensive approach to helping depressed new mothers including treatment options that are safe to use with breastfeeding mothers. She will dispel the myths that hinder effective treatment and present up-to-date information including alternative treatments such as diet, exercise, and omega-3s. She will discuss the role of psychotherapy and community-based programs as well as the use of herbs and psychotropic medications to combat postpartum depression.

The Seven Standards: Ecological Breastfeeding for a New Generation

Taking into account the needs of a new generation of mothers, Sheila Kippley will discuss the seven aspects of ecological breastfeeding that is the primary factor in producing natural lactation amenorrhea (absences of menstrual periods due to breastfeeding) and infertility. Ecological breastfeeding is similar to breastfeeding in traditional societies. Ecological breastfeeding also supports the environment. The standards of ecological breastfeeding include exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life; pacifying the baby at the breast; not using bottles and pacifiers; sleeping with the baby for night feedings; sleeping with the baby for a daily-nap feeding; nursing frequently day and night; and avoiding any practice that restricts nursing.

Sheila Kippley is the author of Breastfeeding and Natural Family Planning and, along with her husband John, founder of the Couple to Couple League International. Sheila and John Kippley are the parents of five children. Sheila Kippley combines a knack for authentic research talent with excellent communication skills.

Environmental Chemicals in Human Milk

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New Speaker to replace Dr. Cheston Berlin.

Judy LaKind, PhD, has spoken and published extensively on environmental chemicals in human milk, and is currently conducting human milk/environmental chemical research with the Hershey Medical Center, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has organized Workshops on environmental chemicals in human milk with a focus on harmonization of study methodology and interpretation of study results. Dr. LaKind is a member of Maryland’s Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council and the World Health Organization Survey Coordinating Committee for the WHO Global Survey of Human Milk for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Dr. LaKind received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Department of Geology, and her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Avoiding Unnecessary Guilt When Breastfeeding Does Not Happen


Practical and Policy Related Tools for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, Senior Advisor, Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, Nutrition Section, UNICEF, has written numerous books on subjects such as supporting exclusive breastfeeding, the role of breastfeeding in saving lives, and breastfeeding as a natural resource. Dr. Labbok is a Founding Member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is a member of the Health Advisory Councils of La Leche League International, the International Lactation Consultant Association, and International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

A strong proponent of child survival, safe motherhood, and breastfeeding, she sees practices of preventive health, breastfeeding, and maternal health as keys for the future. She states: “Research shows that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months-with continued breastfeeding for the first year-could save 1.3 million lives every year.”

She will broach the subject of guilt and breastfeeding and who is responsible when breastfeeding doesn't happen. She is also an expert on breastfeeding promotion and support.

Management of Breastfeeding


La Leche League: the Catalsyt for a Revolution in Attitudes

Ruth Lawrence, MD, FAAP, a member of the LLLI Health Advisory Board, will share her experiences as a well-known professor, author, and breastfeeding expert with Conference attendees. Her book Breastfeeding: A Guide for Medical Professionals, is now in its fifth edition.

Dr. Lawrence first became interested in breastfeeding while she was doing her residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. She founded the Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Center at the University of Rochester. This center maintains a database of breastfeeding information for medical professions.

Dr. Lawrence also helped to start the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She believes that it is important to let pregnant mothers know that women need to have information in order to breastfeed. She often advises mothers to contact La Leche League for the information and support they need to breastfeed their babies.

The Power Of Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding And HIV: What Works, What Doesn't, What Has To Be Changed

Marian Leonard Tompson is one of the Founders of La Leche League International and was its President for 24 years. She is the mother of seven children and the grandmother of fifteen. She was instrumental in developing LLLI's breastfeeding seminars for physicians which has been held annually for over thirty years. She has been on numerous advisory councils including the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, the National Association of Post Partum Care Services, and the Coalition for Maternal Infant Nutrition.

Mrs. Tompson has written extensively on breastfeeding and is one of the authors of the WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING. She has devoted her life to supporting and educating parents and professionals about breastfeeding and related issues. She is Founder and President/CEO of AnotherLook, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to gathering information, raising critical questions and stimulating research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDs.

Breastfeeding and the Law: Nursing in Public, Employment, Jury Duty, Custody, and Visitation Issues

Jake Marcus, Esq., Melissa Vance, Esq., and Deidra Wachbrit, Esq. are La Leche League Leaders and attorneys. They help mothers, other lawyers, and media to understand laws about breastfeeding in the United States. They use their professional skills and experience to help encourage and promote breastfeeding in the vital area of public law.

The most likely legal situation a mother might encounter is the issue of public breastfeeding. While the more than half of the US states have some type of legislation in regard to public breastfeeding, there are still incidents, even in these localities, where mothers are asked to leave or breastfeed their children in a public toilet facility.

Many mothers who return to the workplace and wish to continue breastfeeding may face reluctance or hostility from their employers. Employed mothers who are breastfeeding may need regular breaks, a private place to pump, and a place to store milk. Only 10 states have statutes addressing these issues, and some encourage, but do not mandate employers to provide breaks and places to pump.

Other legal issues that concern nursing mothers include being summoned for jury duty, mothers who are imprisoned, and mothers dealing with child custody and visitation. The speakers will present a comprehensive look at the impact of breastfeeding legislation in the United States and practical help in approaching legal situations and breastfeeding.

Fixing the Almost Failures: A Step by Step How To

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Chele Marmet, BS, MA, IBCLC, founder and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultant Examiners, will help lactation advocates help the breastfeeding mother whose breastfeeding difficulties are bringing her to the brink of failure. She will share her professional expertise and give practical evidence-based techniques that will assist those who help breastfeeding mothers in difficult situations.

Ms. Marmet is an internationally recognized lactation expert who created the first training program and first degree programs specifically for lactation consultants. She served on the original International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She has been a LLL Leader for over twenty years and is an author who frequently lectures around the world.

Seeing the Big Picture: Breastfeeding as a Primary Health Care Strategy

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Patricia Martens, PhD, MSc, IBCLC is the rare researcher who can speak about scientific matters in plain English. Dr. Martens is a Senior Researcher with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include program evaluation of maternal/child community-based and hospital-based interventions, with interests in the area of breastfeeding programs and maternity hospital policies and practices.

Dr. Martens has been awarded the Regional Knowledge Translation Award. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Research: “Knowledge translation is the effective and timely incorporation of evidence-based information into the practices of health professionals in such a way as to effect optimal health care outcomes and maximize the potential of the health system.”

Breastfeeding And Safe Co-Sleeping


James J. McKenna, Ph.D, Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, will speak about Breastfeeding and Safe Co-sleeping. Dr. Mc Kenna pioneered the first behavioral and electro-physiological studies documenting differences between mothers and infants sleeping together and apart. He is known worldwide for his studies of breastfeeding and infant-mother co-sleeping.

He has published hundreds of referenced scientific papers, most on infant sleep and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS). He won the prestigious Shannon Award from the National Institutes of Child Health and Development for his SIDS research. He is the nation's foremost authority and spokesperson to the national press on issues pertaining to infant and mother safe co-sleeping.

Dr. McKenna is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.

He is a sought-after speaker who has presented in the Netherlands, Ireland, Tasmania, New Zealand, England, and the United States.

Breastfeeding Protocols For Premature Babies


Paula P. Meier, RN, DNSc, FAAN is the director for Clinical Research and Lactation at Rush University Medical Centers. She came to Rush in a created position to establish an evidence-based lactation program for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Mother's Milk Club originated in 1996. This is a lactation program that targets mothers of very low birth weight babies. (Under about 3.3 lbs). Very low birth weight infants are born disproportionately to women who are the least likely to breastfeed. Low income or African American women are much less likely to breastfeed than Caucasian mothers or those with higher incomes.

Paula Meier believes that if you educate mothers of very low weight babies about the importance of their milk in helping with optimal health and growth you can help them initiate and sustain lactation. She states: "Mother's milk is protective against many costly and handicapping conditions for these vulnerable babies, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital costs for just pennies a day."

The Rush Mother's Milk Club emphasizes expressing milk for infants feeding's, skin-to-skin care and suckling at the empty breast; feeding at the breast as soon as the infant can suck and swallow; and helping prepare for breastfeeding once the baby is discharged from the hospital. Mothers who participate in the program show higher initiation rates than the US national average which includes mothers of healthy babies who do not have risk factors for establishing and maintaining lactation.

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, is co-author of The Breastfeeding Answer Book and Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers. She ran a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area from 1993 to 2003. Currently she is a Lactation Consultant for Ameda Breastfeeding Products of Hollister Incorporated and is Chair of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition.

Mohrbacher will present some new, more effective ways of teaching breastfeeding. Aspects that will be covered include: babies? inborn feeding skills, the effect of breast storage capacity on feeding patterns, skin-to-skin and infant physiology, and more.

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