Comprehensive List of 2005 LLLI Conference Speakers and Topics
on HIV Positive Mothers’ Infant Feeding Choices (Continuing
George Kent, PhD, Miriam Labbok, MD, PhD, and LLLI Founder Marian Tompson
LLLI Founder Marian Tompson will moderate the session Pressures on HIV Positive Mothers’ Infant Feeding Choices. Miriam Labbok, MD, PhD Senior Advisor, Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, Nutrition Section, UNICEF and George Kent, PhD, human rights expert at the University of Hawaii, Dept of Political Science, will examine the contradictions and complexities in the guidelines used to counsel HIV-positive mothers about feeding their infants. HIV positive women in developing countries are told that they have a right to choose how they will feed their babies and that they will be supported in their choice. At the same time, women in industrialized countries sometimes face the threat of having their children made wards of the court if they choose to breastfeed. The speakers will examine the research that exists. They will also discuss, among other facets, are differing standards warranted?
Dr. Kent has been invited to speak around the United States and in India, South Africa, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Tanzania, and many other places around the globe. In this session he will talk about HIV/AIDS, infant feeding, and human rights. He is author of the forthcoming book The Human Right to Adequate Food. Dr. Kent has authored other books such as The Politics of Children’s Survival and The Political Economy of Hunger: The Silent Holocaust as well as numerous monographs. He is currently Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii.
Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC is internationally recognized for her technical expertise in policy and program development and analysis in primary health, child survival, safe motherhood, breastfeeding, and the Lactational Amenorrhea method of family planning. Her special interests include the mother/child dyad and life-cycle approach to the study and practice of preventive health, including family planning, breastfeeding and maternal health as keys to the future. She has contributed to numerous books on subjects such as supporting exclusive breastfeeding, the role of breastfeeding in saving lives, and breastfeeding as a natural resource.
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 have 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.
“Sandwich Generation:” Meeting the Needs of Your Parents
and Your Children—Setting Priorities, Reaping the Benefits
Mary Kolar, Cecily Harkins, Helene Scheff, R.D.E.
Today’s parents sometimes find themselves in the conflicting roles of parenting children and helping aging parents. This “caught in the middle” situation has given rise to the term “sandwich generation”. The members of this panel are experienced speakers, LLL Leaders, parents, and daughters. They will share their experiences about how they worked through the challenges and reaped the rewards of meeting the needs of children and of aging parents. They will help you set priorities that are workable for all involved.
The panel will help you consider such things as you and your mate’s capabilities and strong points in relationships, and the personalities of the people close to you so that you can make decisions beneficial for all. They will also assist you in discovering others to whom you can look for support. If you feel like you are “caught in the middle” between the needs of your parents and your children, you are not alone. Be sure to attend the Conference session that addresses the issue of the “sandwich generation.”
Mary Kolar currently
works on the LLLI 800-line and is updating the Leader Specialty File.
Cecily Harkins is Financial Administrator of the La Leche League International
Division. Helen Scheff is responsible for the PIZZAZZ of the LLLI
Conference including the World’s Faire, the Opening Night Parade,
and children’s activities. She is Executive Director/ Founder
of Chance to Dance of Rhode Island and has been an LLLI Leader for
more than 30 years. She has written Building Dances, Building More
Dances, and Experiencing Dance from Student to Dance Artist.
and Environmental Issues (Continuing Education Session)
Miriam Harriet Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC
Dr. Labbok is Senior Advisor, Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, Nutrition Section, UNICEF. She has also served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Labbok is a physician with pediatrics training and public health practice. Her work experience in fifty countries has included policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, chapters, books, and monographs. She has made hundreds of presentations to health professionals and to scientific and lay audiences, and she is recognized as an outstanding speaker.
Dr. Labbok will highlight the current state of breastfeeding worldwide in light of the latest global and environmental issues and their impact on the worldwide state of breastfeeding
Protocols for Premature Babies (Continuing Education Session)
Paula Meier, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Anyone interested in supporting families in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding for the preterm infant will appreciate the session Breastfeeding Protocols for Premature Babies. Paula Meier came to Rush Children’s Hospital to establish an evidence-based lactation program for Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Since 1996 Paula Meier has directed the Rush Mothers’ Milk Club at Rush Children’s Hospital, which is located in an inner-city area of Chicago. The Rush Mothers’ Milk Club provides support and education to encourage mothers of premature infants to participate in the nutrition and feeding of their babies.
Dr. Meier is director of the Rush Neonatal Intensive Care Lactation Program which has become a national model. She will describe the innovative approach she takes in encouraging mothers to breastfeed their preterm babies. Mothers who deliver preterm at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center are encouraged to become part of the child’s health care team by expressing their milk—and 95 to 97 percent of them do, compared to 35 to 40 percent nationwide.
Ms. Meier will share from
her wealth of experience and offer current information, clinical strategies,
and research-based findings to support neonatal intensive care unit
(NICU) breastfeeding. She will talk about hospital initiatives that
promote breastfeeding of babies. She will speak about the health benefits
for preterm infants and about milk expression, collection, and storage.
She will also describe strategies designed for mothers in the NICU
to increase their milk volume.
Breastfeeding Problems: Are There Natural Laws We Can Use? (Continuing
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC and Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC
Another not-to-miss session will be led by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, and Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, author, and speaker, who will present Solving Breastfeeding Problems: Are There Natural Laws We Can Use? Babies, mothers, families, and even cultures are all influenced by “natural laws”—the hormones, physiology, and evolutionary forces that shape their behaviors. LLLI Leaders and health care professionals can help a mother best when they work with and not against these “laws.” This session will examine milk supply, breast and nipple pain, and how going back to basics solves many breastfeeding problems.
Nancy Mohrbacher, noted co-author of the quintessential book on breastfeeding, THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, will share the latest and most practical solutions to help you assist mothers in solving their breastfeeding problems. Nancy was co-editor of the 1989 NEW LEADER'S HANDBOOK and co-editor of LEARNING A LOVING WAY OF LIFE. She has been a popular columnist in various parenting and breastfeeding magazines as well as Managing Editor of both LEAVEN and NEW BEGINNINGS.
Founder of The Art of Breastfeeding, Inc., Nancy is currently a Lactation Education Specialist with Hollister, Inc. Nancy is a popular lactation lecturer at state, national and international workshops. She is an accredited LLLI Leader and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She breastfed her own three boys and has worked with breastfeeding families since 1982.
Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, author and popular speaker, will also share her expertise in finding answers to breastfeeding challenges. An expert on latch and the language of breastfeeding, Ms. Wiessinger has spoken in many parts of the United States as well as in Australia. She has published numerous “Common Sense Breastfeeding Handouts” including subjects such as thoughts on positioning; low-tech breastfeeding, and working and breastfeeding. She is a contributing author to The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice, and has written a wide variety of articles for professional publications. At present, Ms. Wiessinger is also a Lactation Consultant in private practice and owner of “Common Sense Breastfeeding.”
Miracle: A Physician Takes a Global Look at the Health Benefits of
Human Milk (Continuing Education Session)
Audrey Naylor, MD, DrPH, FAAP, FABM
Audrey Naylor, MD, DrPH, respected San Diego physician, and co-founder, President, and Chief Executive of Wellstart International, will present the luncheon session Modern Miracle: A Physician Takes a Global Look at the Health Benefits of Human Milk. Wellstart International is a California based nonprofit that offers clinical services and educational and technical assistance in lactation management for perinatal health care professionals in the USA and around the world. When Wellstart downsized its facilities in San Diego, it offered LLLI its full collection of breastfeeding materials. This Collection included 3,000 books and monographs and 19,000 research articles.
For more than two decades, Dr. Naylor has taught lactation management and breastfeeding promotion to hundreds of health care professionals around the world. In writing the forward to the third revision of LLLI’s The Breastfeeding Answer Book, she states “The ever-expanding literature regarding breastfeeding, lactation, and human milk make it crystal clear that breastfeeding is a fundamental component of the essential building blocks needed to achieve maximal good health using the broadest definition of good health which includes physical, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects. There is truly no substitute for human milk or for the process of breastfeeding. All mothers and their families deserve to be given the most current information as they consider how they will feed and nurture their children.”
On To Your Kids: Why Parents Matter
Making Sense of Adolescence
Gordon Neufeld, PhD
Dr. Neufeld, author of Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Matter, writes:
"We need to hold on to our children and help them hold on to us. We need to hold on to them until our work is done. We need to hold on not to hold them back but so they can venture forth. We need to hold on not for selfish purposes but so that they can fulfill their developmental destinies. We need to hold on to them until they can hold on to themselves."
Dr. Neufeld believes that good science re-awakens and affirms natural instinct. His belief is that attachment is the foundation of parenting, that peer pressure is one of the biggest problems facing parents today, and that ongoing attachment is the key to good parenting and teaching. He states: "Outside of attachment, we as parents and teachers are just ordinary human beings to children, of no special significance, not deserving of deference and without any natural authority."
With clarity and depth, Dr. Neufeld will present the big picture of parenting. He will help us to help our children resist the peer culture. He will teach us how to preserve trust and empower us to use discipline that does not divide. He will help attendees make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of their children.
Dr. Neufeld, who will help attendees make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of their children, has over thirty years experience in developmental and clinical psychology. From Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Neufeld is a developmental psychologist with over thirty years of experience in developmental and clinical psychology; he consults with parents and professionals regarding children. Dr. Neufeld is the father of five and the grandfather of three. He is a frequent guest on television and radio. The US version of his book will be released June 5, 2005.
a Toddler? Why on Earth? Is there any Reason to do it? (Continuing
Jack Newman, M.D.
Popular speaker and author, Dr. Jack Newman, will answer the question Breastfeed a Toddler—Why on Earth? At this Conference session Dr. Newman will talk about the advantages of nursing beyond six months. He states, “It is interesting that formula company marketing pushes the use of formula (a rather Imperfect copy of the real thing ) for a year, yet implies that breastmilk (from which the imperfect copy is Copied) is only worthwhile for six months.”
In answer to the question of whether breastfeeding beyond early infancy causes dependence, Dr. Newman states “Often we push children to become ‘independent’ too quickly. To sleep alone too soon, to wean from the breast too soon, to do without their parents too soon, to do everything too soon. Don’t push and the child will become independent soon enough. What’s the rush? Soon they will be leaving home. You want them to leave home at 14?”
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC, is a pediatrician who has practiced as a physician in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. With Teresa Pitman, he has authored Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding. Dr. Newman’s work also appears in professional journals. Dr. Newman started the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada and has been a consultant with UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Africa.
No-Cry Sleep Solution-gentle ways to help your baby sleep through
If you or mothers in your LLL Group are suffering through sleepless nights but don't want to listen to the heartless advice to let your baby "cry it out," attend the session The No-Cry Sleep Solution--gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night. Elizabeth Pantley, author of the book with the same name, will show you how it is entirely within your grasp to help your baby fall asleep peacefully and stay asleep all night long.
Pantley will share a ten-step program that will lead you through the process one day at a time. She will shed new light on your baby's sleep patterns and help you set realistic goals. Elizabeth Pantley will show you how to analyze, assess, and improve your baby's sleep patterns using sleep logs. She offers a variety of sleep ideas that fit every parenting style. You will leave the session understanding how to create a tear-free sleep plan that will help you effectively and gently reach your goal--a good night's sleep for everyone.
Elizabeth Pantley is an author and parent educator. She lives with her husband and four children in Washington state--and all sleep through the night.
the Terrain of Childhood
Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball
Jack Petrash, popular speaker in the United States and Canada, will offer a developmental roadmap for discipline as he discusses ideas from his new book, Navigating the Terrain of Childhood, which is to be published this year.
Petrash, who is devoted to meeting the deeper needs of children, will also present a special session for fathers on the art of fathering, adapted from his book, Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball. Petrash will identify three important stages of childhood. Each stage lasts seven years; he refers to them as the early innings, the middle innings, and the late innings. Petrash will also discuss how to work with your spouse; he refers to this as working both sides of the plate. Petrash will then talk about playing the late innings when children visit after leaving home. Petrash believes fathers can "start a league of their own" by joining a father's support group.
Resilient Children: a look at parenting skills that help children
thrive despite stress and change
Teresa Pitman, BSc
Teresa Pitman is an internationally-known speaker and author. She will shed light on why some children and some adults who have been through abuse, trauma, and other highly stressful situations seem to survive—and even thrive. Others, exposed to similar situations, suffer ongoing problems.
Researchers have found that there are a number of consistent factors that contribute to making a person resilient. Many of these factors relate to parenting. Unconditional love and responding to a child’s needs are critically important for creating resilience.
Teresa Pitman has been a La Leche League Leader for the past 25 years and is the Executive Director of La Leche League Canada. She is the author or coauthor of nine books on parenting including Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and The Overweight Child.
Breastfeeding: New Tools, New Opportunities to Help Breastfeeding Dyads
(Continuing Education Session)
Jan Riordan, EdD, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
Dr. Jan Riordan is a noted researcher, author, lecturer, and consultant on breastfeeding and lactation management. Dr. Riordan is currently researching breastfeeding assessment tools and will be presenting cutting-edge, evidence-based information at her informative session.
She is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, and has served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the Health Advisory Counsel of La Leche League International. Dr. Riordan is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and chaired the Research Committee for the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Dr. Riordan has authored six books, including Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, which is the comprehensive reference on breastfeeding used by nurses, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, and midwives. It is a recommended text for preparing for the lactation consultant certification exam.
Dr. Riordan has given more than 100 presentations and workshops and has authored more than thirty articles as well as several book chapters on lactation. Dr. Riordan, who started her career as a staff nurse, states, "While raising our brood I became a La Leche League Leader where I got my basic education on lactation. I had a private lactation practice in the early 1980's while I went back to school to get my master's and doctorate degrees. I've also worked in community nursing and continuing education."
Breastfeeding for Six Months and Introduction of Other Foods: Rationale
for LLLI Recommendations (Continuing Education)
Judith B. Roepke, R.D., Ph.D.
One of the biggest lactation problems worldwide is that most mothers do not exclusively breastfeed for six months. Premier nutrition and lactation professional Dr. Judith Roepke, who has her doctorate in nutrition, will share her considerable expertise on the importance of six months of exclusive breastfeeding.
Dr. Roepke, an excellent speaker, has made presentations throughout the US and has been published in many professional journals. Dr. Roepke, a Registered Dietician, the Immediate Past Board Chair of the International Board of Lactation Examiners, former professor and dean at Ball State University, and retired LLLI Leader, is a highly respected member in both lactation and nutrition. She is a member of LLLI’s Professional Advisory Board and is on LLLI’s Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee.
LLLI encourages exclusive breastfeeding for six months, i.e., breastfeeding without supplements such as formula, cow’s milk, or solid foods. Breastfeeding offers the greatest protection from illness when babies are receiving human milk alone. This protection declines in proportion to the amount of supplements babies receive. Babies also receive more benefits the longer they are breastfed. Find out the cutting-edge research that supports exclusive breastfeeding. Attend Dr. Roepke’s session to learn the latest evidence-based information on why exclusive breastfeeding is such an important concept.
Code to Consultation: Applying IBCLC Ethics to Practice (Continuing
JoAnne W. Scott, MA, IBCLC
JoAnne Scott has been
Executive Director of the International Board of Lactation Consultant
Examiners from October 1985 to the present. She is a former member
of the examination committee for IBLCE, was a founding member of the
International Lactation Consultant Association, and was a faculty
member of the Georgetown University Lactation Consultant Training
Program from 1989 -1995. JoAnne Scott was a LLLI Leader, Assistant
Director of Leaders, Area Coordinator of Leaders for Virginia, and
Manager of the Lactation Specialist Education Department from September
JoAnne Scott is a much sought after international speaker. Her talks have been well-received around the globe. A partial list of the countries she has spoken in includes Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Korea, and the United States.
of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding: Protecting the Mother and
Baby Continuum. (Continuing Education Session)
Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC
Linda Smith will be joining the distinguished faculty presenting continuing education sessions at the La Leche League International Conference. Linda will bring together her expertise as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice to discuss the relationship of childbirth to the breastfeeding experience. Linda, who is often referred to as Coach Smith, has a dynamic way of talking about the breastfeeding dyad. She states: “Even though labor and birth may only take a few hours, how you birth has a direct, immediate, and sometimes profound effect on how you and your baby breastfeed.”
Linda J. Smith
has written The Coach’s Notebook: Games and Strategies for
Lactation Education, The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice:
The ABC’s of Getting Started, and Absurd Advice: Ridiculous
Reasons to Wean. Linda Smith advises parents who are preparing
for childbirth to pick their “teammates and trainers.”
She suggests that they surround themselves with those who are proactive
advocates of normal birth. She also cautions them to be prepared by
“having a game plan for all situations.” She suggests
that the mother-to-be picture herself as winning.
by Your Wisdom and Wit: Inspiration to Handle Stressful Life Situations
Ana Tampanna, MFA, promises a humorous and inspirational presentation with audience participation. In her talk, “Surviving by Your Wisdom and Wit: Inspiration to Handle Stressful Life Situations,” Tampanna will introduce coaching techniques and personal strategies for coping with life's difficult times. Ana's approach to handling challenges, crisis, and tragedy involves personal creativity, humor, and "out of the box resources." This session will help you to stay centered in your own strong truth while accessing your personal wisdom.
In another session, “Meaningful Connections: the Importance of Women's Friendships," Ana will facilitate a presentation in which participants explore life-defining moments with each other, mirroring and processing the values and insights that result. From uncovering early experiences of leadership as children to recounting experiences of danger, loss, and triumph, participants will strengthen their self-confidence. They will discover personal validation through deep connection in friendship. Ana states, "You will leave this workshop with new friendships to treasure."
Ms Tampanna is the author of The Womanly Art of Alligator Wrestling: Inspirational Stories for Outrageous Women Who Survive by Their Wit and Wisdom and Managing Life's Difficult Times, 75 Tips for Handling Crisis and Tragedy in a Healthy Way. She has spoken extensively to women's audiences about taking control, handling life challenges, and living life passionately. The "alligators" Tampanna talks about wrestling are those real issues women face such as relationships, having children, and body image. She offers solutions to life's stresses. You will leave the session inspired and informed.
She offers solutions and solutions to life's stresses. You will leave the session inspired and informed.
Love My Life: A Mom's Guide to Working from Home
If you are serious about starting a home business or would like to improve the outcome of the business you are in, be sure to attend this session by Kristie Tamsevicius, author, speaker, radio host, and the woman who helps people create the lives they love through entrepreneurship. Ms. Tamsevicius left a corporate career in marketing and media to start a home-based business so that she could spend more time with her children.
Tamsevicius will educate and inspire as she discusses working-at-home opportunities, discovering your passion, creating a business plan, and managing the biggest problems of home-based businesses. If you want a proven marketing strategy or wish to know more about organizing and setting up your home business, attend this session--which is not for mothers only. Learn how to balance your life, reduce your stress, nurture yourself, create your own success, and empower yourself and others.
Kristie Tamsevicius is the host of a radio show, "Working from Home." She is a vibrant speaker who has appeared on television, other radio shows, and in the media. She is the author of I Love My Life: A Mom's Guide to Working from Home and the eBiz Essential Toolkit.
a Connected Family Life—fostering strong relationships, encouraging
home learning experiences, setting limits on the use of television
Susan Tracy, M.Ed
Susan Tracy, author and popular speaker, will bring her background as a homeschooler, parent child educator, and Montessori teacher to this session. She will discuss both attachment and independence—how bonding with mother leads to independence in the bigger world. Ms. Tracy will talk about providing opportunities for a child to learn and what activities to limit. She will discuss preparing the environment to create connection and learning pathways.
Ms Tracy believes that television and technology can be used as learning experiences, but that parents need to supervise the content and set limits. She will offer practical strategies such as in her own home where the television is relegated to a “spidery” corner of the basement with a knob too high for her five-year old to reach. Television viewing is then naturally limited because it is not readily available and the child needs assistance to turn it on.
Ms Tracy is author
of the book, I Did It, due to be released soon. In this book
she discusses the whole issue of children first attaching to a parent
and then achieving independence. She believes that breastfeeding virtually
guarantees bonding because you hold the infant every two or three
hours. And she states, “Parents sometimes get in the way of
children’s learning. They need to allow children to make imperfect
With each little success, they build more and more confidence.”
Ms Tracy is the founder of Learning Together Parent Education Center. She has a Masters Degree in Education and certifications from both the American Montessori Society and Association Montessori Internationale, but she insists that her greatest education has come from observing children. She and her husband have four children.
Risk of Not Breastfeeding (Continuing Education Session)
Michal A. Young, MD, FAAP
Dr. Michal Ann Young is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine and is an actively practicing neonatologist. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is the Breastfeeding Coordinator of the D.C. Chapter of the A.A.P.
Dr. Young will define exclusive breastfeeding and describe evidence-based risks to the baby of not being breastfed exclusively for six months and the risks of not breastfeeding for one year or longer with complementary feeding. She will identify strategies to enable exclusive breastfeeding by teens and women who are African-American, Caucasian, Latino, or Native American. She will explain the goals of the proposed Ad Council Campaign and describe strategies to enable breastfeeding for one year or longer. She will discuss why she focuses on the risks of not breastfeeding rather than the benefits of breastfeeding.
Dr. Young is a member of several advisory panels: the advisory panel for the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, the USDA Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition, and the International Lactation Consultant Association. Dr. Young, a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, says that following her fellowship in Neonatology at Georgetown University Hospital, her interest in breastfeeding education was sparked by the birth of her first child. She realized that although she was a trained neonatologist, she knew nothing about the "how to" of breastfeeding. Her personal interest quickly evolved to a quest to educate physicians and other health care providers about breastfeeding.