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The Benefits of an LLLI Conference

Mary Hurt
LLLI Public Relations Associate
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 39 No. 2, April-May 2003, p. 32.

Have you registered for the 2003 International Conference in San Francisco, California, USA? If you’re still deciding whether or not to attend, make your decision quickly—the Conference is almost upon us! While weighing the pros and cons, keep the following in mind about LLLI Conferences.

Be Prepared for a Warm Welcome and an Inspiring Experience

The Alumnae Association holds special "get-acquainted" sessions to help navigate Conference sessions. It also hosts an information table near registration where attendees can go to get all of their questions answered.

Whether networking with someone from a different country or listening to any of the world-renowned speakers, you will discover new horizons. Inspiration comes in many forms at the LLLI Conference, whether it is seen in the kind actions of families or in a motivating presentation.

Many Leaders find that seeing the LLLI Founders up close and personal is the highlight of their Conference experience. When you register, be sure to sign up for the Afternoon Tea—in addition to a light supper, you will find out who has most influenced the Founders. If you are newly accredited since the 2001 Conference, you will have the chance sign up to sit at a table with one of the Founders at a luncheon. (This is on a "first-come, first-served" basis.)

Expand Your Knowledge with Sessions

As a Leader who is dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed, it is vital to keep up-to-date with the new research. At the Conference, cutting-edge information will be presented by experts in their fields. For example, Anna Coutsoudis, Phd, will present a session titled "Breastfeeding in the Context of HIV and AIDS: Facts vs. Assumptions." Thomas Hale, RPh, PhD, author of Medications and Mother’s Milk and esteemed clinical pharmacologist, will address the latest information on breastfeeding and medications. Kerstin uvnas Moberg, PhD, a physiologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and "the world’s foremost expert on oxytocin," will present "Oxytocin’s Role in Human Physiology." For a complete listing of speakers, visit LLLI’s Web site at

Your work as a Leader can be enhanced and enriched at the Conference. Whether or not you officially need Continuing Education credits, you will have the opportunity to hear the latest on the breastfeeding dyad and learn the most effective techniques to help mothers breastfeed their babies. You’ll also enjoy the experience of being immersed in a community committed to breastfeeding and the diverse ways that advocates reach out to help breastfeeding mothers and babies. Other topics to be addressed include "Helping Mothers Breastfeeding in a Baby-Friendly Hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay," "Promoting Breastfeeding to Diverse Populations: a hospital based program for low income and minority women," "The Importance of Fathers," and "Problems of an African Breastfeeding Mother."

No where else in the world but at an LLLI Conference can you explore such an extensive vision of one breastfeeding world.

Rejuvenate Your Spirit

The opportunity to tone your body and soothe your soul will be available at the Conference through special rejuvenation sessions, sponsored by the Alumnae Association, that focus on such topics as massage, yoga, and personal transformation. (For more information, see page 33.)

You will also be able to discover the satisfaction in taking immediate action on global breastfeeding issues. Consider choosing one of the global breastfeeding sessions, where action will take place before you even leave the session room.

At the Conference, you can also get a glimpse of other cultures at the World’s Faire—a bizarre with participants from around the globe, family entertainment, and a "passport" for you and your children to get stamped.

Attend the Conference for the Benefit of Your Family and for Your Group

Get ready to feel support in your parenting choices. Whether you attend a session that helps you with the moral development of your child or with the subject of bullying, you will be encouraged to continue to parent with loving guidance.

If you can’t or don’t want to leave your family to attend the Conference, why not make it an enjoyable vacation for all? You will be able to experience the adventure of San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. To preview what San Francisco has to offer and for city guides and discount offers, visit San Francisco’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at or call at 415-391-2000.

Save money now and register for the LLLI Conference before May 30, 2003. After May 30, a late fee will be charged. US Leaders and others should check with their tax professional to see if their unreimbursed Conference expenses are tax-deductible as volunteer charitable donations.
Attend the Conference to help yourself, your family, your Group and La Leche League. Attend the Conference to create one breastfeeding world. Come to learn, to laugh, and to network with others from around the globe. You will develop new relationships and renew old ones. Remember, there are no strangers at LLLI Conferences, only breastfeeding advocates you haven’t met yet.

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