Media Release: LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TO HOLD THREE-DAY INTENSIVE SEMINAR FOR PHYSICIANS TO FOCUS ON CURRENT BREASTFEEDING ISSUES
Contact: Kim Cavaliero, ext. 233, Mary Lofton, ext. 271, or Mary Hurt, ext. 271 Phone: (847) 519-7730
Physicians from around the world will gather at La Leche League International's (LLLI's) 29th Annual Seminar for Physicians, co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) at the Hilton Chicago, July 5-7, 2001.
The distinguished experts will:
- critique the scientific merit of new research on SIDS and infant co-sleeping
- describe clinical issues related to contaminants in human milk
- compare maternal and infant weight patterns between breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding populations
- explore "kangaroo care"- skin-to-skin contact as a way to care for medically fragile babies
- address issues of clinical importance in regard to expressing, storing, and banking human milk
- discuss how maternal health problems can affect the success of breastfeeding
- provide information on evaluating breast masses in the lactating woman
- focus on issues unique to helping African-American women breastfeed their babies
Among the faculty of specialists will be Nils J. Bergman, MD, MPH, Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital and Midwife Obstetric Units, Pinelands, South Africa; Michael Young, MD Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Washington, D.C.; Madeline Gartner, MD, Board Certified Surgeon, Minnesota; Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCL, University of California Department of Nutrition; Lois D.W. Arnold, MPH, IBCLC, President and CEO National Commission on Donor Milk Banking; Cynthia R. Howard, MD, MPH Pediatrics University of Rochester, New York; Victoria Nichols-Johnson, MD Associate Professor and Chief, Division of General OB/GYN, Illinois; Walter J. Rogan, MD, MPH Epidemiology, National Institute of Environment Health Science, North Carolina; Nancy E. Wight, MD, FAAP, IBCLC neonatology, Children's Hospital, California and James J. McKenna, PhD, Department of Anthropology University of Notre Dame.
Many health care providers regard LLLI's Physicians' Seminar as the premiere learning opportunity for breastfeeding information. The seminar provides continuing education credits for obstetricians, pediatricians, family physicians, osteopaths and lactation consultants. LLLI's Health Advisory Council, comprised of 44 physicians in the areas of pediatrics, obstetrics, allergy, nutrition, psychology, family practice and related fields, develop and contribute to the information presented. The annual event was originally launched by the Health Advisory Council to fill the need for educating their colleagues about breastfeeding.
La Leche League International is the world's foremost authority on breastfeeding, offering mother-to-mother support, education and information in 62 countries, and 27 languages, around the world. In addition, LLLI offers a variety of educational programs for medical professionals, as well as publishing and selling books and magazines about breastfeeding and parenting. LLLI also maintains an award-winning Web site at www.lalecheleague.org/.