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Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.

2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.

3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.

4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.

5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.

6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.

7. Practise rooming-in – that is, allow mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hours a day.

8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.

9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.

10.Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

Source: Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services, a joint WHO/UNICEF statement published by the World Health Organization.

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Ever recieve a note or card thanking you for nursing your baby in public?
Here are a  few going around:

 Texas Department of State Health Services  “License to Breastfeed in Public

lets get some of these with the Wisconsin Legislation to pass around

and the Breastfeeding Note:

Thank you for nursing your baby in public.
You are not only nourishing your child,
but the hearts and minds of everyone here.
When nursing in U.S. is more
common and understood, the credit will go
to women like you. I thank you on behalf
of my grandmother who had never
heard of breastfeeding. I thank you on behalf of
my mother, who hadn’t a single soul to support her
nurturing instinct. I thank you on behalf of my
daughters and granddaughters, may
they never think twice when their children
thirst. May they never search for a “secluded
corner,” a dressing room, or a restroom. I thank you on
behalf of every woman who ever was
or ever will be. Have a beautiful day.

copyright 1999, Lisa Russell

Mothering Magazine held a contest to come up with an international symbol for breastfeeding. Their website states, “The purpose of an international symbol for breastfeeding is to increase public awareness of breastfeeding, to provide an alternative to the use of a baby bottle image to designate baby friendly areas in public, and to mark breastfeeding friendly facilities.”

This is the new symbol which Mothering Magazine is granting the right for everyone to use.

bf icon

It is similar to the La Leche League logo.

LLL Logo

Look for both of these at the next west pm meeting!

more info here:

http://www.mothering.com/sections/action_alerts/iconcontest/icon-winner.html

After a whirlwind of activity and educational opportunities, we’re back. We met and heard some outstanding speakers. We learned so much and feel like our lactation juices are overflowing (pun intended). :-)

Here are some of the presentations we saw:

  • Evaluating and Solving Difficult Breastfeeding Problems with Karin Calwell, RN, PhD
  • Breastfeeding and Safe Co-Sleeping with James McKenna, PhD
  • Standing Tall as a Breastfeeding Mother with Peggy O’Mara
  • Kangaroo Mother Care: Restoring the Original Paradigm for Infant Care and Breastfeeding with Nils Bergman, MD
  • Breastfeeding and the Law with Jake Marcus, Esq.
  • A New Paradigm for Depression in Postpartum Mothers: Complementary and Alternative Treatment Approaches with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC

There is a video montage available on YouTube.com of the conference. It’s just indescribable to explain the feeling of being among so many families who know the importance of a strong breastfeeding relationship with their children. There is another great piece done by Chicago Tonight that is an interview with the original founders of La Leche League and their story of how LLL began. It’s very well done.

50th logo

Here’s our first attempt at blogging, helping to spread the word that La Leche League is here in the Madison area with breastfeeding help and information. Please see the “What is La Leche League?” page to learn more about us.

LLL of Madison was established 42 years ago and has grown to include four East and West side groups meeting in the mornings and evenings, a group for multiples and a group in the fast-growing Verona.

We are currently a Chapter of thirteen Leaders with six groups meeting around Madison, Middleton and Verona. Please see this page for more information about when these groups meet.

You can see the LLLI conference logo above. There are 5 Leaders who will be attending. We had a successful garage sale fundraiser in May and two Leaders received scholarships from LLL of Wisconsin. These conferences are very expensive, but Leaders are at least being helped with part of the costs for this educational opportunity. LLLI conferences are unique opportunities to gain current breastfeeding information. There is so much to do and learn at the conference that it is hard to choose! This is the last international conference that LLLI will be offering (although there will be educational conferences continuing with LLL of Wisconsin.

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