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A Comprehensive and Updated Look at the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Audrey Naylor, MD, DPH, FAAP is a Founder and CEO and Founder of Wellstart International whose purpose is to provide clinical services to breastfeeding mothers and education about breastfeeding and lactation management to health care providers. Wellstart has provided training in breastfeeding promotion, support, and management to health professionals in countries around the world.

Dr. Naylor was instrumental in developing the Ten Steps for the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative which outlines the strategies for helping mothers get off to a good breastfeeding start. The World Health Organizations Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding aims to revitalize efforts to protect, promote and support appropriate infant and young child feeding. It was built upon past initiatives including the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative. Dr. Naylor, a member of LLLI's Medical Advisory Board, donated a Large Research Collection to the LLLI Center for Breastfeeding Information in 2002.

Facing The Challenges For The Next 50 Years

Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC is a dynamic, humorous, and inspiring speaker who has presented sessions around the globe. Dr. Newman has devoted most of his professional life to helping mothers who breastfeed. He is an advocate who is familiar with the challenges breastfeeding mothers have always faced and of the new challenges facing breastfeeding mothers today.

Dr. Newman graduated from the University of Toronoto Medical school and did his training in paediatrics in Quebec City. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and in South Africa. He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada and has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first Baby Friendly Hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada. Dr. Newman devotes himself to helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding. He has several publications on breastfeeding including The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers (called Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding in Canada).

Standing Tall As A Breastfeeding Mother

Peggy O'Mara is a dynamic speaker who will share her wit and wisdom with Conference participants. Internationally known for her philosophical inspiration and practical advice, she is the mother of four grown children and editor and owner of Mothering Magazine.

She is the author of Having a Baby Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and also Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting.

Her most recent book, A Quiet Place: Essays on Life and Family, features 36 of her award-winning editorials. Some of the included topics are: your after-birth body; when your child leaves home; pregnancy and birth are normal; toilet training will happen; the wonder of children; and grow to love night waking. You can find out more about Peggy at her web site

The Importance of the Delivery System of Breastfeeding: Including how Bottle-Feeding and Pacifier Use May Lead to Poor Sleep, Childhood Enuresis, Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Adults.

Brian Palmer, D.D.S. is an enthusiastic speaker and vociferous researcher. He has discovered that bottle-feeding and pacifier use can create high palates, narrow dental arches and retruded chins that put individuals at lifelong risk for snoring and sleep apnea. These individuals are also at higher risk for bedwetting in childhood.

Dr. Palmer has done extensive research on the development of the oral cavity and airway as well as the importance of breastfeeding as it relates to total health. He has discovered that bottle-feeding and pacifier use can create high palates, narrow dental arches and retruded chins that put individuals at lifelong risk for snoring and sleep apnea. These individuals are also at higher risk for bedwetting in childhood.

Dr. Palmer was born and raised through high school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After graduating Kansas University, he played 3 years of professional football in the Canadian Football League under NFL Hall of Fame Coach Bud Grant. He left football to enter dental school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Simplicity Parenting: Why Less Is More For Children


The Soul Of Discipline: Creative Compliance, Emotional Skills, Managing Critical Choices

Kim John Payne, M.Ed, a sought-after speaker noted for his warmth and clarity, will explain why less is more at his session on Simplicity Parenting -- Five Steps You Can Take to Help Your Child to Feel Calmer, Happier and More Secure. At his other presentation, The Soul of Discipline, he will set out three goals: training creative compliance for the young child, building emotional skills for the elementary age, and helping the teenager manager critical choices. He is the producer of CDs and Videos on these and other parenting topics.

Dr. Payne has worked for 20 years as a counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher and educator. He is currently a Professor at Lesley Universities (USA) and a clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England Graduate Schools. For more information about him or his work, visit

Finding Your Tribe

Conference speaker, Teresa Pitman, will help you discover how to form a tribe. She believes that mothers in modern society often feel lonely when they are at home with their young children. Mothers may be reluctant to recognize their need to be around other people, but in being willing to acknowledge that their children want to be with others, will form play groups. But belonging to a tribe is different than meeting for a visit. She believes there are three important components in forming your own tribe (however small) in the current nontribal society.

In the first place in order to form a tribe, people need to spend a lot of time together. During short visits, one person seems to be the host and the other the guest. To be a member of a tribe you must spend enough time together to feel the rhythm of the day. Working together is one of the aspects that change a playgroup into “being tribal.”

In finding your tribe, you do not need someone who believes and behaves exactly as you do. People who actually lived in traditional tribal groups were born into them, and naturally they would naturally get along better with some members than with others.

Teresa Pitman is the Executive Director of La Leche League Canada. She is also a full-time writer and the author or co-author of ten books. Her most recent books are Pregnancy and Birth and, with Dr. Newman, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding

The World Health Organization Growth Charts

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Randa Saadeh, Msc., RD, World Health Organization (WHO) technical officer and scientist, will present and analyze the new Child Growth Standards based on a world-wide sample of over 8,000 children. The new charts are an invaluable tool for parents and healthcare providers as a way of detecting under-nutrition, overweight and obesity, and other growth and nutrition-related conditions at an early stage in a child’s life.

The premise of the study is that the gold standard in infant nutrition is exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding after the introduction of appropriate complementary foods. In research for the WHO Child Growth Standards, mothers from Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the United States were given the encouragement and education they needed to breastfeed. Participants at the LLLI Conference will be able to take home attractive posters that ask “Are We Growing Right?” along with press releases explaining the Child Growth Standards for the 21st Century. To view the posters and/or the WHO growth Charts visit

Successful Breastfeeding Community-Based Programs

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Felicity Savage-King, MD, winner of the LLLI 2001 Award of Recognition, has authored educational materials for health professionals that are distributed in many languages, directed breastfeeding courses, and contributed to the World Health Organization’s Breastfeeding Counseling Course. The LLLI Award of recognition is presented to those whose independent and positive promotion of breastfeeding has captured public attention.

Dr. Savage-King, with Ann Burgess, is author of Nutrition for Developing Countries. It is a textbook of nutrition and a practical guide for nutrition workers. It includes ideas on working with communities to solve nutrition problems. Breastfeeding is the cornerstone of nutrition and community-based support is one of the best ways to encourage optimal breastfeeding.

The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood - Ten Changes You Must Make to Insure Your Family's Long-term Health


Vaccines: Making an Educated Decision for Your Child

Robert Sears, M. D. will discuss ten ways to get your family on the right nutritional track, how to include good fats and good carbohydrates, and how to raise a lean child. “Dr. Bob”, as he likes to be called by his little patients, is in private practice with his father and brother. He is co-author of The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, the Updated Baby Book, The Premature Baby Book, and author of Father's First Steps: 15 Things Every Dad Should Know.

At his session on vaccines, he will answer parents¡¦ many questions about such subjects as which vaccines are potentially the most beneficial and which might lead to the most serious reactions. He will explain the nature and risks of such diseases as Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis and the expected reactions to vaccines to prevent such infections.

Dr. Robert Sears often contributes to magazines and appears frequently as a health consultant on television shows. He and his wife, who is a La Leche League Leader, have three children.

10 Ways Attachment Parenting Makes Discipline Easier

William Sears, M.D. is a well-respected pediatrician and along with his wife Martha Sears have raised eight children and were in the forefront of the attachment parenting movement. They believe that "Attachment parenting is like immunizing your child against emotional diseases later on." They believe that attachment parenting promotes mutual sensitivity, people who care, and that it promotes trust, independence, and intimacy.

Dr. William (Bill) Sears is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, School of Medicine. Dr. Bill is a medical and parenting consultant for many magazines and the author of many books. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, a childbirth educator, and a lactation consultant. She is the co-author of 24 parenting books and is a popular lecturer and media guest drawing on her eighteen years of breastfeeding experience.

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide For Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic


Sleepless In America: Is Your Child Misbehaving Or Missing Sleep?

Mary Sheedy Kurchinka will tell parents how to recognize whether their child is misbehaving or just missing sleep and help them identify the everyday decisions that may be inadvertently disrupting their child's sleep at her session. Participants at the session, Sleepless in America, will leave equipped with practical strategies to help them and their children get the sleep they need.

Ms. Kurchinka will be speaking at a second session, also named after one of her books, Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic. Conference attendees will leave the talk with a plan for success with a simple, four-step program and with a better understanding of their own and their child's temperamental traits. Parents will be more able to cope with tantrums when they occur and will have learned how to develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school and many other situations.

You’re Eating What? Stop Eating Genetically Engineered Foods

Jeffrey M. Smith, M.B.A. is the author of Seeds of Deception-Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating, which is the world's bestselling book on the subject. He believes that industry manipulation and political collusion rather than sound science have allowed dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet.

Mr. Smith has been active in the field of genetically modified (GM) foods for over a decade and he hopes to raise public awareness of the health and environmental potential of these foods. He is especially interested in regard to children who are most at risk from the potential health effects of GM foods. He is the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, a member of the Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Committee. He lives with his wife in Iowa surrounded by genetically modified corn and soybeans. The session promises to be thought-provoking.

Winning At Childbirth: Priorities For Childbirth And Breastfeeding


Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC develops and presents lectures, courses, and educational materials about breastfeeding management through Bright Future Lactation Resources Center. She is a Lactation Consultant in private practice in Ohio.

Linda was a League member and a "Founding Mother" of the International Board of Lactation Consultants Association and the International Lactation Consultants Association. In addition to her professional expertise and experience, she is known for the novel way in which she presents evidence-based material. Her most well-known persona is "Coach Smith: which she adapted from her experience as a physical education teacher. She gave birth to a new persona 'Granny Zealot'" when she became a grandmother in 1992.

Kindred Spirits: Lifetime Friendships

Paulina Allen de Smith and Mari Carmen Mariscal and other longtime Leaders from Mexico will share the wonders LLLI brings to your life! They will share how together, with and through LLLI, they have deepened the bonds of friendship, their children have developed valuable inter-communication skills, they have each been empowered to grow as women and they have succeeded, together, in overcoming life challenges-all this aside from promoting and protecting breastfeeding in their country.

Learning to Relate

Naomi Stadlen, psychotherapist, LLL Leader, and a breastfeeding counselor at the renowned Active Birth Center in London, wrote the book What Mothers Do - Especially When It Looks Like Nothing. In it she questioned what mothers do when they are mothering. She realised that many books advised mothers on what they "should" do, but there was very little to explain what they really did, and why they felt so tired from doing it. Because so little of what mothers do has been verbalized, many mothers feel discouraged and demoralized at how little they appear to be achieving.

Stadlen shows how much mothers really achieve. She writes, "Our whole society depends on the way each mother relates to her child. This is her motherly work." By relating well to her child, especially by 'mothering through breastfeeding', she enables her child to relate well to others. Without this motherly achievement, social co-operation would surely founder.

At this session, Stadlen will ask what we mean by "relating well", and discuss some of the universal components of a mother's relationship to her child. How far does this early relationship influence the way we relate as adults? Stadlen will introduce new material to address these questions. She will encourage participants to perceive some of the components of mothering, to contribute their own thoughts in discussion, and to leave with a new appreciation of how much mothers achieve, virtually unnoticed, in our midst.

Innovative Music Therapy For Childbirth

Kathryn Taylor, MAMT, MTBC will focus on using creative arts and music during preparation for birth including pre-natal bonding, home practice relaxation techniques and preparing siblings for the birth of the new baby. Kathryn Taylor also will discuss using music for relaxation and pain management during early, active and transition sages of labor and delivery by addressing how music effects biological, psychological, sociological and emotional processes during the birthing process. She will also talk about choosing effective music for relaxation during breastfeeding to help promote bonding and sleep and explore using infant directed singing techniques to calm, bond and communicate with babies and infants.

Kathryn Taylor has her Master of Arts Music Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. She received a certificate in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Techniques which qualifies her to teach Creative Arts Childbirth Education courses to birthing couples and provide Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth labor and delivery support. She also holds certificate training in Nuerologic Music Therapy Techniques and in Kindermusik education. Kathryn Taylor is pursing a NICUMT Certification which will certify her to work in Neo natal Intensive Care Units with premature infants using music therapy techniques.

Promoting and Supporting Legislation that Protects Breastfeeding

LLL Leader Monica Tesone is a therapist, author, and professor. She has recently been successful in helping to pass legislation in Argentina that helps to protect breastfeeding.

She is the author of the UNICEF booklet: “Support Groups,” a chapter on breastfeeding and post partum depression in “Breastfeeding: Pediatric Care,” and the “Psychological Benefits of Long-Term Breastfeeding” which appeared in Ligandonos magazine in LLLI Argentina. She has taught at the WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Course for the Argentinean Pediatric Society and is Director of the Breastfeeding Training Course at Hospital General de Agudos.

Ms. Tesone’s presentation will be presented in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. She is a member of the Breastfeeding Committee for the Argentinean Pediatric Society. As part of the Online Breastfeeding Help Form Leaders, she was a recipient of the LLLI 2003 Leaders Award. She received the 2001 Award for Volunteers for the Non-governmental Organizations Participation and Other Entities Related to Heal Promotion. She was nominated for the Argentinian Ministry of Health's 2005 Outstanding Women's Health National Award.

I Love You And The Answer Is No


Teaching Our Children To Be Respectful In A Very Rude World

Char Wenc, MS, author of two internationally recognized books: Parenting: Are We Having Fun Yet, and Cooperation: Learning Through Laughter, will share her wisdom, humor, and great information with Conference participants at her sessions I Love You and the Answer is No and Teaching Our Children to be Respectful in a Very Rude World.

In addition to 25 years as a professional speaker, she has a master’s degree in counseling and has been a clinical counselor, educational consultant and professional coach. Char Wenc's life-changing talks have enabled parents to learn to enjoy the lifetime profession called parenting. She offers answers for parents who feel exhausted from dealing with their children on a daily basis. She will encourage parents in her entertaining and thought-provoking presentation.

A Family Practice Physician Discusses Breastfeeding as an Integrated Health Issue

William White, M.D. is a member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council. Dr. White has been a natural child birth and breastfeeding advocate for decades. He is one of the sons of LLLI Founder Mary White and the late Dr. Gregory White who was instrumental in the founding of LLL 50 years ago.

Dr. White believes that breastfeeding is critical to maternal and child health. He is a popular speaker who believes that preventative health care begins with natural childbirth, followed by breastfeeding, and good nutritional practices for the whole family.

Viva La Difference: Gender Differences In Parenting


The Difference Dads Make

W. Bradford Wilcox, PhD, who specializes in the sociology of the family, will present Viva la Difference: Gender Differences in Parenting and The Difference Dad's Make.

He has published articles on parenting, fatherhood and religion in many professional journals. Dr. Wilcox is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University.

Professor Wilcox has received the following two awards from the American Sociological Association: the Best Graduate Paper Award and the Best Article Award. He is the author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands and has been featured on CBS News and numerous Public Broadcasting Stations.

Women’s Health: A Holistic Approach

Lorene Wu, M.D., a family practice physician and acupuncturist, has training in both western and eastern medicine. Dr. Wu believes that traditional Chinese medicine is a combination of poetry and science and that it is based on a dynamic understanding of energy and flow that has more to do with Western physics than Western medicine. She believes that individuals need to take responsibility for a healthy diet and lifestyle changes as the first line of defense against disease.

Dr. Wu is a popular speaker, a former elite model, and starred in a La Leche League segment of “The Balancing Act”, a cable television show. She is a breastfeeding proponent not only because of her professional background, but also from her breastfeeding experience. She attended LLL meetings during her first pregnancy and went on to breastfeed her three daughters including a set of twins.

A Humorous Look at 50 Great Years

Faye Young, humorous and inspiring speaker, will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the history of breastfeeding and LLLI. Faye, a long-time Leader, and former director of the La Leche League Public Relations Department is a top-notch speaker who will leave attendees laughing and inspired to continue helping breastfeeding mothers for another 50 years.

Faye is the author of Gerald the Third which is a delightful children’s book about family life and adjusting to a new baby as seen through the eyes of a six-year old. Faye’s talk will sparkle with humor and an enthusiasm for breastfeeding engendered through years of helping breastfeeding families and spreading the word about breastfeeding.

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