By Roberta Voltazza, La Leche League Leader, Italy
Since every drop of human milk for a premature baby is of crucial importance, La Leche League Leaders throughout Italy strived to achieve big goals this past November, in honor of World Prematurity Day.
Fresh web content and special-edition magazine
In November, a new series of useful website content for parents was unveiled at www.lllitalia.org. In addition, a special prematurity-focused issue of the Italian LLL magazine dedicated to parents, Da Mamma a Mamma (meaning: From Mom to Mom) was released. You don’t want to miss it!
Italian translation of beloved breastfeeding video series
In addition Italian Leaders have also been hard at work translating two Global Health Media series videos entitled “Portare il tuo bambino pelle-a-pelle ” (meaning: Carrying your baby skin-to-skin), and “Nutrire il tuo bambino con un bicchierino” (meaning: Cup feeding your small baby). These two videos are being edited by the Canadian Association, and were released on November 17. You can check out the new videos here: https://www.lllitalia.org/risorse/video.html. In addition, an online Facebook event dedicated to mothers of premature and low weight children took place on December 3. You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lartedellallattamento/
Helpful tool for healthcare providers and Italian-speaking La Leche League Leaders
We will be rolling out an Italian translation of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) protocol number 10, “Breastfeeding the Late Pre-term Infant”.
It will be published in Italian on the ABM website found at https://www.bfmed.org/protocols and in our “scientific online magazine” La Gazzetta della Prolattina found at https://www.lagazzettadellaprolattina.it/. Special thanks to Dr. Gerardo Chirichiello of Associazione Italiana Consulenti Professionali In Allattamento Materno (AICPAM) for his collaboration on the translation.
Roberta Voltazza is the Area Publications Administrator for La Leche League Italia, as well as a member of the LLL Italian Area Council. She has been a La Leche League Leader for almost three years, and is very involved in supporting mothers and babies in her territory. Roberta lives with her husband and their two sons in the province of Padua in Veneto.