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2005 LLLI ConverenceComprehensive List of 2005 LLLI Conference Speakers and Topics

How and why does the choice to breastfeed have life-long implications for each and every body system?What should every woman know about hormones, her brain, and emotional health? Is there a way to stop procrastinating and master the art of doing it now? Do you know how to wrestle the "alligators" of financial stress, body image, and more?

You will discover new and proven answers to these and a multitude of other questions when you attend La Leche League International's Breastfeeding Conference, July 2-5, 2005, Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington, DC, USA.SA

The vision of "Breastfeeding: An Ancient Art---A Modern Miracle" is growing brighter as we begin to confirm the following speakers. This list of speakers and topics is subject to change. Look for frequent updates.

James Akrestar!Breastfeeding and the Three “M’s”: Media, Marketing, and Money. Reflecting on the past and peering into the future.
James Akre, BA, MPIA

“Many myths have developed over the years around the acceptability and perceived difficulties of breastfeeding. The more support and information people have about breastfeeding, the better. Countries should work to reinforce a supportive breastfeeding culture by eliminating obstacles to breastfeeding in the healthcare system, workplaces and the wider community,” said Mr. Akre.

Mr. Akre will present a global perspective on how the media, marketing, and the use of money have influenced the state of breastfeeding. He is a founding member of the International Breastfeeding Support Collective.

Mr. Akre has had 30 years of experience serving in agencies of the United Nations. He spent 24 years at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Recently retired from WHO’s Department of Nutrition, he was a technical writer and served in advisory positions that covered the full spectrum of human nutrition. He participated in drafting and promoting the implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes; the joint WHO/UNICEF Statement on Breastfeeding, and the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

Debbie Albertstar!Employment and Breastfeeding. (continuing education)
Debbie Albert, RN, PhD, IBCLC, LMHC

Dr. Albert will offer practical tips, techniques and strategies for supporting the mother who is away from her breastfeeding baby. The reality of current society is that some mothers will be away from their infants because of employment, school, or other circumstances. How do breastfeeding educators support these mothers? What are the issues that most employed/breastfeeding mothers deal with? What are the important questions that need to be asked when assisting these mother that may not pertain to mothers who typically stay home? Dr. Albert will provide answers to these and many other questions.

Dr. Albert states that while breastfeeding is a natural act, employed mothers sometime need the help of mechanical devices. The right breast pump or breastfeeding aids can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Albert will provide the know-how you need to help the mother who is separated from her breastfeeding baby. Knowing what works can keep working mothers breastfeeding well beyond their return to employment outside the home.

Dr. Debbie Albert is a corporate lactation service provider for MCH Services, Inc. in Beverly Hills, CA. Through MCH, she provides prenatal and post-partum lactation services to employees of many companies. She is also a contributing writer for their website. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has 15 years experience working with breastfeeding mothers and 21 years experience in the mental health field. Through her private practice, TLC-Tampa Lactation Counseling, she provides lactation consulting, breast pump rentals and sales, and corporate lactation services. She is the Lactation Specialist for The Woman’s Group, a thriving obstetric practice in Tampa, FL. She has been an active LLLI Leader since 1990, and she has been married for 22 years to her husband Dan. She is the proud mother of two sons, Josh (age 16) and David (age 13).

Debbie Amisstar!Birthing a Breastfeeding Baby (Continuing Education)
Debby Amis, RN, BSN, CD (DONA), LCCE and
Jeanette Theresa Mayer Crenshaw, MSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE

Jeanette CrenshawDebby Amis and Jeanette Crenshaw, will speak about childbirth and breastfeeding at this Conference session. Debby Amis, Education Council Chair Lamaze International, is author of Prepared Childbirth-the Family Way and Prepared Childbirth—the Educator’s Guide. Ms Crenshaw is Manager of the Family Education Program at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Vice President of the Lamaze International Board of Directors.

This session will include an update on evidence-based care of women in childbirth. The speakers believe in the right of all women to breastfeed their infants and will talk about assisting mothers in protecting this right. They will draw attention to key findings of recent research and present the clinical implications of these findings. They will include studies with a variety of methodologies. They believe that some childbirth practices create obstacles that stand in the way of women who wish to breastfeed. Included in their presentation will be a discussion about the consequences of obstetric medication and anesthesia on breastfeeding. They hold the belief that normal birth promotes breastfeeding and will share ways to optimize childbirth to increase the likelihood of breastfeeding success.

Jan Bargerstar!The Necessity of Breastfeeding on Cue: Ramifications of "Rigid Scheduling" and "Sleep Training Methods" on Lactation Success (Continuing Education Session)
Jan Barger, MA, RN, IBCLC

Jan Barger will present evidence-based research on the results of not breastfeeding on cue by restriction of frequency and/or duration of breastfeeding. The implications of various "rigid scheduling" and "sleep training" methods on milk supply are significant. Empirical and theoretical evidence continues to support that babies, especially breastfed babies, need to be fed on cue. Attend this session to discover how the practice of "rigid scheduling" may sometimes cause lowered infant fat intake, symptoms of breast milk insufficiency, failure to thrive, milk supply failure, involuntary early weaning, and possibly even some cases of colic.

Ms Barger, past president of the International Lactation Consultant Association and editor of the ILCA Globe, is a clinical instructor and Program Director for Breastfeeding Support Consultants Center for Lactation Education. She is a lactation consultant in private practice and is associated with a pediatric group in the Chicago area. She is co-author of Clinical Experience in Lactation: A Blueprint for Internship.

star!Today’s Youth: Facing New Challenges in the Modern World—Staying Connected through difficult times with teens and young adults.
Joyce Bermes, RN, IBCLC; Irma Chaviarria de Maza, Marsha Pettinger, Harriet Smiley BS, IBCLC

Parenting lasts a lifetime. This panel of experienced speakers and parents will talk about dealing with teenage and young adult children in the complicated twenty-first century. Today’s youth usually have weaker support systems and, at the same time, are faced with more choices than any previous generation. It is perhaps predictable that many will act against parental hopes and make unexpected choices.

This panel will offer suggestions on how to be supportive and maintain communication even when your children make decisions with which you don’t agree.

Joyce Bermes has been an LLL Leader since 1966. She and her husband have raised eight children. She has worked as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and psychiatric nurse.

Mimi de MazaIrma de Maza (right) and her husband have four children and four grandchildren. She is an LLLI Leader who was Executive Director of La Leche League Guatemala and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of LLLI and a Member of the IBLCE Board of Directors.

Harriet Flott Smiley is an LLL Leader and Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience. She has strong communication skills and has given presentations at parenting and professional development conferences.

Marsha Pettinger is an LLL Leader and Communications Skills Administrator for the Eastern United States Division.

Linda Buddstar!Living with the Active Alert Child: Groundbreaking Strategies for Parents
Linda Budd, PhD

Does your child have more energy, more creativity, and more intensity than anyone you've ever known? Is she sensitive to every injustice? Is he suffering from low self-esteem? Do you feel as if you've been struggling to keep up since Day One? If so, then you will appreciate Dr. Budd's session.

Dr. Budd's book, Living with the Active Alert Child, is now in its third edition, which includes information about teenagers. Dr. Budd helps parents understand what motivates these bright, capable, and exhausting children. Her case histories and anecdotes will also give you strategies to survive your children's youth and will offer reassurance. Her case histories and anecdotes will also give you strategies to survive your children's youth and provide reassurance.

Whether you are scrapping with a second grader who insists that homework is busy work or you are overwhelmed by a teenager who is determined to right every social wrong single-handedly right every social wrong, you'll appreciate the perspective that Dr. Budd provides after almost three decades of working with these special children.

As challenging as these children may be, Dr. Budd states, "These are the kids who grow up to start companies, who do wonderful things for society."

Linda Budd is a Minnesota psychologist whose focus is high-intensity children. She is the mother of two, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, and maintains a private counseling practice.

E Stephen Buescher MDstar!Breast Milk: It's More Than Just Food. A Researcher Explores the Anti-inflammatory Characteristics of Human Milk and Its Effect on Disease Prevention (Continuing Education Session)
E. Stephen Buescher, MD

Dr. E. Stephen Buescher will present his talk at a Continuing Education luncheon. An internationally known speaker and an award-winning Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Buescher is the Head of the Inflammation Section in the Center for Pediatric Research at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. At Eastern, he is also the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program.

Dr. Buescher’s medical practice concerns Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters where he is also the Medical Director of Infection Control and head of the Clinical Microbiology laboratory. Since 1992, Dr. Buescher has focused on the study of inflammation, its cellular and humoral components, and the anti-inflammatory characteristics of human milk.

Dr. Buescher is the author of Pediatric and Neonatal Tests and Procedures, Pediatric Procedures, and numerous book chapters and articles in professional publications.

Lawrence J. Cohenstar!Empowering Girls and Connecting with Boys
Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD

Dr. Cohen will offer hints on how to help boys improve their emotional literacy as he talks about playing games that encourage communication but don't seem unmanly. For example, he suggests playing the game "fortunately/unfortunately." In this game, one person starts a sentence by saying ,"Fortunately"; the other person starts the next line by saying, "Unfortunately." The two people build a tale of disaster and rescue that fosters communication and connection.

He also suggests that a father play a game with his daughter to help her reject sexual stereotypes. He says that Dad might take the role of a character who is a parody of girlishness, a fashion fanatic so-to-speak. Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, a father could take the part of a funny, sexist pig of a prince who cares only about the looks of the daughter's doll. Dr. Cohen believes that provoking laughter with this type of game will help daughters build confidence.

Playing is serious business to Dr. Cohen, author of Playful Parenting: A Bold New Way to Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Children's Confidence. He believes that playing with children is a central behavior in helping children with feelings of isolation and powerlessness.

Dr. Cohen is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy. His "go for the giggles" approach to parenting has made him a much sought-after speaker. He also has written Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Friendship, Popularity and Social Cruelty in the Lives of Boys and Girls and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Children Solve Social Problems.

You will leave this dynamic and information-packed session ready to use the techniques and implement some ideas to help you empower your daughters and connect with your sons.

barbara colorosostar!Children and Ethics
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School--How Parents and Teachers can Help Break the Cycle of Violence
Barbara Coloroso

Barbara Coloroso, internationally recognized speaker and author in the area of parenting, will present two sessions at the LLLI Conference: The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, subject of one of her national bestselling books, and Children and Ethics, the subject of a soon-to-be published book. She will offer unique, practical, and compassionate suggestions. Ms. Coloroso is an educational consultant for school districts, the medical and business community, the criminal justice system, and educational associations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Iceland.

Barbara has served as a classroom teacher, a laboratory school instructor, and a university instructor. Chicago Parent magazine says of her: "Hearing Barbara Coloroso talk about raising kids is like being exposed to good art-both experiences resonate with clarity, insight, and honesty, and all the components are in ideal proportion."

She is the author of two international best sellers: Kids are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline and Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change.

Coloroso believes that all parents must teach their children that they believe in them, trust in them, have faith that they can handle situations, are listened to, are cared for and are very important to them. She is a sought-after speaker who gives practical information in a clear, interesting and inspiring format. Barbara will draw on her decades of working with youth and her worldwide experience with conflict resolution. You will leave the sessions better prepared to be the parent you want to be.

Marcia L. Connerstar!Parents Have Learning Styles, too!
Marcia L. Conner

Are you fascinated by how your children learn and wish you knew more about how you learn? Do you wonder if you’ll ever overcome information overload but don’t have time to find simple approaches to help you learn more? Would you like to discover how to help yourself and your children get more from the world by finding your natural style? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you will enjoy this session.

In this fun and interactive session, discover how your learning style, learning-together style, and motivation style influence how you and your children approach information and learn new things. You’ll also master how your whole body learns, how you learn with other people, and how you can learn more no matter how busy you are. You will also find out how learning styles develop and change over the years and how to build on your strengths so you can learn more from life.

Marcia L. Conner is the author of Learn More Now: 10 Simple Steps to Learning Better, Smarter and Faster and Creating a Learning Culture: Strategy, Practice, and Technology. She is managing director of Ageless Learner and an advisor to schools, corporations, associations, and other busy people around the world. She is a Batten Fellow at The Darden School, developed groundbreaking education practices when she was a senior manager at Microsoft, and she was Information Futurist and Vice President of Education at PeopleSoft.

Naomi Drewstar!Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids--practical ways to create a calm and happy home
Naomi Drew, MA

Adapting the skills and techniques of negotiation to the needs of children, internationally recognized author and speaker Naomi Drew, MA, will give us easy-to-use ideas at her session. Author of six books on peacemaking/conflict resolution for parents, teachers, and children, Ms Drew is hailed as a visionary. Her work will enable parents who attend her session to live these skills on a daily basis. She will show you how to resolve conflicts, manage anger, and live more cooperatively.

Parents have attested to lasting changes in their relationships with children after applying her suggestions.

Her work has been featured in magazines, radio, and on TV. She has served as a parenting expert for a public television show. She is an advisor to the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and headed the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's conflict resolution advisory panel for eight years. She is a former teacher and member of La Leche League. Drew will offer general principles for peaceful living as well as a day-by-day plan of action for achieving a more peaceful family.

Jeanne Watson Driscollstar!Women's Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health
Jeanne Watson Driscoll (Continuing Education Session)

You will discover everything you need to know about women's moods at the session titled after a book written by Jeanne Watson Driscoll, MS, RN, CS. Driscoll is a Certified Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in private practice, a member of the American Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and enrolled as a part-time student in the Doctoral Program in Nursing at the University of Connecticut. She uses the acronym NURSE to describe the therapeutic program she and her co-author, Dr. Deborah Sichel, have developed. Using nourishment and needs, understanding, rest and relaxation, spirituality and exercise, Driscoll and Sichel developed a program to address women's unique biological needs.

Supporting her arguments with solid, pertinent research, Driscoll will address a new way to understand emotional well-being. Included in her presentation will be discussion about the need to include female reproductive hormones as a critical aspect of a woman's life. In her book, she demystifies the menstrual cycle, connects reproductive hormones and mood, talks about depression in pregnancy and postpartum depression. Whether you are menstrual, pregnant, postnatal, perimenopausal, or menopausal, you are sure to receive a wealth of detailed information on how to maintain a proper hormonal balance and thus a happier and more productive life. Driscoll is co-founder of the Hestia Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts, which is dedicated to the treatment of women with mood and anxiety problems across the reproductive cycle.

Rita Emmettstar!Mastering the Art of Doing It Now
Rita Emmett

At the second luncheon, Rita Emmett, self-described recovering procrastinator, will inform and delight us as she tells us how to overcome procrastination. Emmett, who took thirty-eight years to write her first book, The Procrastinator's Handbook, has specifically customized her presentation for the LLLI Conference. She promises to get you started in overcoming the problems associated with procrastination. Watch your self-esteem and productivity grow as you listen to her outrageous humor and invaluable take-home advice. She offers surefire ways to help overcome the damaging habit that keeps you from beginning a task. Emmett says you can change your old procrastinating ways, but you need to remember Emmett's Law: "The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself. So go ahead and start creating the life you want. You deserve a great one!"

Emmett, who has a master's degree in adult learning, uses the principles of accelerated learning. Her stories and humor help people absorb more ideas and retain them longer. She has appeared on television shows throughout the United States and in Canada and Great Britain. She is also the author of the recently released The Procrastinating Child: A Handbook for Adults to Help Children Stop Putting Things Off.

Glori Enzorstar!Breastfeeding and Oral Health Issues (Continuing Education Session)
Glori Enzor, DDS

If you have ever wondered if breastfeeding caused dental caries in infants and toddlers or wanted to know about natural health measures that lead to good dental health, this session will be of interest to you. At this session Dr. Enzor, a dentist and author of an upcoming book about oral health care for children, will discuss how breastfeeding does and does not impact oral health.

Her discussion will include the effect of pregnancy on newborn dentition, fluoride issues, and the fallacies of weaning as treatment for dental issues. She will discuss the effects of frenulum issues, including tied tongue and its diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment modalities. She will speak about the biomechanics of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding and the differences on the infant’s oral health and craniofacial development. Dr. Enzor will present options about the treatment and prevention of dental caries including natural health approaches.

star!Ros EscottHead to Toe: Breastfeeding Does Make a Difference (Continuing Education Session)
Sexuality and Breastfeeding: Mother and Lover.
Ros Escott, BappSc, IBCLC

In her exhilarating presentation, Ros Escott will present compelling evidence that infant-feeding choices have lifelong ramifications on each and every body system. This presentation will expose the short and long-term evidence-based health consequences of infant feeding choices from the perspective of each system of the body. Reflecting on the fact that many babies are artificially fed with infant formula for at least some of the first twelve months of life, Escott states, "The old saying, 'you are what you eat' is true for every cell of the artificially fed baby's body." How a baby is fed has the potential to impact on every system of the body including the digestive, immune and lymphatic, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive, excretory, and endocrine systems. Infant feeding choices also have impact on the eyes, ears, skin, nose, and tongue.

She goes on to say, "The main focus of the presentation will be the effects of being artificially fed from birth or soon after, as these babies are at greater risk. However, many of the health consequences also apply to babies who are weaned on to artificial feeding after several weeks or months of full or partial breastfeeding, although most risks are progressively diminished as the duration of the breastfeeding period increases."

Escott will discuss evidence to suggest that, "Generally, the artificially fed infant can expect to have more episodes of diarrhea, cough and prolonged colds, wheeze, vomiting and additional sick baby medical visits. During childhood, he can expect to have increased incidence, increased severity, increased duration and increased risk of hospitalization for most diseases of infants and children. As an adult, his health and immune system will continue to be compromised and he will have an increased susceptibility to the diseases of affluence. In old age, he may be at more risk of osteoporosis."

Ms Ecott is Regional Administrator of the Australian Office for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. The office serves the South Pacific, the Asia Pacific Region, southern Africa, Ireland, and Great Britain. In another time slot, Ms Escott will discuss the roles of mother and lover as they relate to breastfeeding.

You will be reaffirmed and delighted to know the latest research about the benefits of breastfeeding and its lifelong impact on you and your child. Ros Escott is a sought-after speaker who is sure to motivate and to inform.

star!Breastfeeding: Ancient Art—a global breastfeeding advocate takes a look at the art of breastfeeding through the ages
Anwar Fazal

Anwar Fazal will help celebrate the power and joy of breastfeeding at the LLLI Conference, July 2-5, 2005, as he discusses Breastfeeding Ancient Art—a global breastfeeding advocate takes a look at the art of breastfeeding practices through the ages. His enthusiasm about the importance of breastfeeding comes from his work and also from the personal belief that he “would not be alive today if not for breastfeeding.” Caught in the battles of a war in the foothills of Malaysia, his mother nursed him “with the goodness of her milk and the love and the care that came with it.”

As Director of the Secretariat for the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, Mr. Fazal is in the ideal position to know how the ancient art of breastfeeding has come to be seen as a worldwide modern miracle. As an eloquent speaker who has made presentations around the world, he will inform, inspire, and motivate breastfeeding mothers and those who support them.

paul fliessstar!Sweet Dreams—a pediatrician’s secrets for your child’s good night sleep and tips for safe co-sleeping
Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P

Dr. Paul Fleiss will provide valuable information and practical tips to help you or the mothers you serve when he discusses Sweet Dreams—a pediatrician’s secrets for your child’s good night’s sleep and tips on safe co-sleeping. Dr. Fleiss is a well-respected physician with over thirty-five years experience. He is an author, a speaker, and a member of the La Leche League International Professional Advisory Board.

Dr. Fleiss will talk about everything you need to know about your child’s natural sleep patterns, positive bedtime rituals for optimal sleep, nutritional lifestyle aids for better sleep, and will discuss how co-sleeping affects normal growth and development.

Hilary Flowerstar!Adventures in Gentle Discipline
Hilary Flower

Hilary Flower, author of Adventures in Tandem Nursing, will discuss the topic of loving guidance in her sure-to-be popular session. Flower will take a comprehensive look at LLLI's discipline concept, what it means, what works, and what doesn't. In her inimitable style she will give practical and gentle hints on how to implement loving guidance in your family. "Adventures in Gentle Discipline" will be the topic of a soon-to-be published book on parenting that will be sure to become a definitive statement on loving guidance.

star!Current Legal Issues in Breastfeeding: Family Law, Legislation, Employment, Nursing in Public”
Ken Friedman, JD

How do you preserve the breastfeeding relationship in difficult child custody situations? Can breastfeeding be supported by talking to an employer about break time and the need for a breastfeeding mother to pump? How do you handle a situation when a mother is asked to go to a bathroom to breastfeed her child? Whether it is a divorce/custody battle, a difficult employment situation, or public breastfeeding Ken Friedman, attorney, mediator, and author, will share practical ideas on how to best help mothers with legal questions surrounding breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding legislation has been enacted in over one-half of the United States. Initial and continuing legislation has clarified the right of a mother to breastfeed in public. Other issues involving legality and breastfeeding include exempting breastfeeding mothers from jury duty and protecting breastfeeding when a mother returns to work. Ken Friedman will bring you up to date on the law and breastfeeding in the United States. He will help you to understand ways to protect the best interest of the breastfed infant when dealing with these various situations.

Mr. Friedman will discuss the current status of breastfeeding legislation and how it affects breastfeeding mothers. He will look at the importance of breastfeeding and the way it is involved in each of the areas of the law. He will suggest ways that mothers can use this information if they encounter problems. He will give pointers on enacting breastfeeding legislation and how to deal with existing legislation.

lawrence Gartner, MCstar!How Hospital Policies Adversely Affect the Management of Jaundice and Hypoglycemia (Continuing Education Session)
Lawrence M. Gartner, MD

Dr. Lawrence M. Gartner, permanent moderator of LLLI Physicians' Seminars and Chair of the Executive Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Breastfeeding, will share his substantial expertise on jaundice and bilirubin metabolism in the breastfed infant and on hypoglycemia as it relates to hospital procedures. Dr. Gartner is Professor Emiritus, Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology for the University of Chicago, and is a noted physician, pediatrician, neonatologists, laboratory and clinical investigator, breastfeeding scholar, and historian.

catherine watson gennakayhooverstar!Breastfeeding in Challenging Situations (Continuing Education Session)
Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC, Sarah Gill, IBCLC, and Kay Hoover, MEd, IBCLC, RLC

Catherine Watson Genna, Sarah Gill, and Kay Hoover will be part of the distinguished faculty presenting continuing education sessions at this Conference. They will address Breastfeeding in Challenging Situations. This trio of breastfeeding advocates will present cutting-edge skills and techniques that you will be able to use in helping mothers with special situations such as tongue-tie, latch-on difficulties, and thrush.

Catherine Watson Genna has written on several subjects relating to breastfeeding including congenital tongue-tie, tactile defensiveness and other sensory modulation difficulties, and strategies for breastfeeding success. Sarah Gill has been an LLLI Leader for 25 years and has held many roles in LLLI including a position on the Board of Directors. She started the Peer Counsellor Programme in Great Britain in 1990 and is currently Chair of LLL of Great Britain. Kay Hoover is an LLL Leader and co-author of the Breastfeeding Atlas; Candiadiasis and Breastfeeding; The Diaper Diary; and The Pumping Page.

Carlos Gonzalez, MDstar!Children’s Eating Problems: Why Children Refuse Food
Carlos González, MD

At this Conference session, Dr. Carlos González, MD, author, LLLI Health Advisory Member, and winner of LLLI’s Award of Appreciation for 2003, will explain how to prevent and resolve eating problems in children. He will help you understand why some toddlers seem to eat very little, perhaps even seeming to exist on air. He is author of Mi ninño no me come (My Child Will Not Eat) which is being translated into English and will be available from LLLI in the near future. Dr. González will provide helpful information and detailed suggestions to parents with children who resist eating solid foods.

Dr González, who has referred to himself as the father of three and a pediatrician in his spare time, believes that “Every healthy child who is allowed to eat as much as he wants will eat exactly the amount of food he needs.” He will explain the scientific reasons why some children, toddlers especially, seem to need very little food. He will tell you why he even believes that it may be harmful to your child if you follow the advice of family and friends who would like to see your child eat bigger meals. He states: “Most of the ‘encouraging’ things that are suggested by friends and family members are fortunately useless, so the child eats exactly as much as before, but not as happily as before. Should any method succeed, it would be dangerous because the child would eat more than he needs. Even a 10 percent increase in daily intake would result in obesity in the long run.”

Dr. Gonzalez, whose specialty is pediatrics, is President of ACPAM, Catalan Breastfeeding Association in Barcelona, Spain. He is the author of several books including Bésame mucho, cómo crier a tus hijos con amor and Manual práctico de lactancia maternal.

Marilyn Gramanstar!How to Be Cherished: A Guide to Having the Love You Desire
Marilyn Graman

You used to be crazy about each other. Now you just drive each other crazy. Join psychotherapist Marilyn Graman as she teaches women how to rekindle the romance. For all women, especially those who have husbands with "the communication skills of a pet rock," Graman will show how to transform a marital relationship by using a woman’s intrinsic power in relationships.

Graman says, "Life has never been fair to women--but it's not fair to men, either. When things aren't going right between you and your man, instead of heading for the front door, try opening the door to your heart." Graman will offer techniques to help you know your power and access your true confidence. She will help you own your part and put yourself in your man's shoes. She states, "Learn from your man. He is simpler than you are, more lighthearted and less contemplative, more straightforward and less curvaceous, more impulsive and less thoughtful. These are things he can teach you about living in the present instead of dwelling on the past."

Graman promises to teach you skills that you need for any long-term relationship. She will teach you to be more confident and controlled and happier with yourself.

A psychotherapist since 1978, Marilyn Graman has a thriving practice in Greenwich Village, New York. She says she learned most of what she knows about human nature in her twelve years spent as a kindergarten teacher in New York City. Well known for her popular workshops, Marilyn has developed curricula for numerous courses for both women and men to support the process of living a life of meaning and fulfillment. She created most of the curriculum at Life Works, which she co-founded. A frequent guest on television and radio, she travels extensively, studying what it means to be human around the world.

star!Breastfeeding as a Public Health Issue—Including Public Awareness Campaigns
Ted Greiner, Ph.D and Suzanne Haynes, Ph.D

Dr. Greiner is a nutritionist and research advisor for the International Maternal and Child Health Unit, Uppsala University Medical School, Uppsala, Sweden and coordinator of the Research Task Force for the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. With a background in nutrition and with global interests, Dr. Greiner sees breastfeeding as a worldwide health issue. He has written articles covering the areas of employment and breastfeeding, HIV and breastfeeding, and breastfeeding promotion. Dr. Greiner encourages breastfeeding advocates “to make the world a place where breastfeeding works better for mothers and babies.”

Dr. Haynes is Senior Science Advisor, Office on Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. She led the effort to develop the HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ first policy on breastfeeding. She is currently overseeing the plans for the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, a US sponsored Advertising Council public service campaign. She has written extensively on women’s health issues.

Lu Hanessianstar!Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood
Lu Hanessian

Traveling to the four corners of the globe as a successful television host and journalist, Lu Hanessian worked on the air and in the field, on the stage and in printed media for more than a decade. But nothing could have prepared her for her biggest role: motherhood.

According to her book, Let the Baby Drive--Navigating the Road of New Motherhood, "She didn't have a baby who allowed her to maintain her life as she knew it. Instead, he threatened her defenses, called up her vulnerabilities, and whipped up her fears like a cyclone. Like most new mothers, Lu wanted answers. It seemed everyone else's baby could be cared for by the book. But from the get-go, her son didn't go by the book. And popular opinion was not at all popular with her baby. The chorus was screaming, 'Show him who's boss!’ So she did the only thing she could under the circumstances: She let the baby Drive."

LLL Founder Marian Tompson says of Hanessian's book: "Do we dare 'Let the Baby Drive'? Lu Hanessian humorously and sensitively makes it clear why the answer can only be yes if we are to become the kind of mother our precious child needs. It's about focusing on the baby for guidance, and then having the courage to trust and act upon what we have learned. An important book."

Through her journey of new motherhood, Lu "discovered the power of a baby's voice." Her voice will inspire all who hear her presentation at the Closing Event and Dinner on July 5.

Currently Lu Hanessian is host of a new Discovery Health Channel TV show called "Make Room for Baby." She was also co-anchor of "Real Life" on NBC, host of an internationally syndicated series, "The Science Show," and a correspondent on "Unsolved Mysteries." She has written articles for NEW BEGINNINGS, Parenting, Mothering, Redbook, Fit Pregnancy, and The New York Times. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two boys.

Roberta Hewattstar!Breastfeeding as a Health Promotion Strategy for Childbearing Families Identified as "At-Risk" for Preventing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (Continuing Education Session)
Roberta Hewat, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Dr. Hewat, an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, has worked with "at-risk" women in a specific Canadian project. The women were living in poverty and/or in social isolation, with poor access to services, or they were faced with social or economic conditions that are often beyond individual control and lead to poorer health. The women in the program also included those most likely to have unhealthy babies due to poor health and nutrition that may be associated with alcohol or drug abuse, or they were women who develop gestational diabetes. Others included women living with violence. There were also immigrant women and Aboriginals. The state of their health or their living conditions could increase the predisposition of these women and their children to type 2 diabetes and decrease the likelihood that they would initiate or sustain breastfeeding.

The constructed women's lifestyle program was enhanced with increased breastfeeding support from health professionals working with childbearing women in the community through in-service education workshops. This project included a women's program based on breastfeeding support (peer support), healthy eating, and active living.

Dr. Hewat will share a great many lessons on breastfeeding as a prevention strategy for "at-risk" families and on developing community programs to support breastfeeding goals.

Sheila Humphreystar!A Comprehensive Approach to Increasing Milk Supply Including the Use of Herbs (Continuing Education Session)
Sheila Humphrey, BSc, RN, IBCLC and Diana West, BA, IBCLC

Sheila Humphrey will address nearly all the aspects of breastfeeding, weaving in ways that herbs and other natural remedies can be of benefit or harm to the nursing mother. She will discuss the latest research on herbs and how the judicious use of herbs can increasing milk supply. Leaders and health care professionals alike will benefit from this unique lactation research.

Humphrey is the author of numerous publications on herbal medicine and lactation. She is an RN, an ob-gyn nurse, and a La Leche League Leader. She is the author of The Nursing Mother's Herbal. It is a comprehensive and thorough manual with general breastfeeding information and particular herbal remedies. It is the first book entirely dedicated to the use of herbs and herbal products by breastfeeding mothers.

Diana West, author of Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery and the LC Unit: Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery, is in the process of extending her research to a soon-to-be published comprehensive book on increasing milk supply. You are sure to leave this session with practical tips and the latest in research on both herbs and increasing milk supply.

Jolene Iveystar!What Small Families Can Learn from Large Families
Jolene Ivey, MA

Jolene Ivey is the mother of five beautiful boys; she is married to Glen Ivey, State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland; and she is the co-founder of Mocha Moms, Inc. Mocha Moms is a national support group for at-home mothers of color. In May 1997, Jolene Ivey and Karla Chutz started publishing a newsletter in expectation of connecting with other mothers of color across the country who were taking time off from their careers to raise their children.

The newsletter encouraged mothers to feel good about their choice and provided information to help enrich their parenting experience. Mocha Moms, Inc. was founded as a national support organization in June of 1997. In addition to fostering the self-esteem of mothers who stay at home to raise their families, the organization encourages members to be committed to the education of their children and to community involvement.

Jolene Ivey is currently writing a book about what small families can learn from large families. She believes that the experience of raising a large family can translate into help for those who have smaller families.

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