Announcements

Army of Women

            Breast Cancer 101 webinar – Dr. Susan Love presents the latest info on breast cancer detection and treatment, and describes some innovative research in the field.  To view the webinar, click here.  

            To help raise money to support the Army of Women, visit the Army of Women store.  They have a fashionable pendant necklace that you can purchase for $5 and a pink t-shirt that is $20.  It is a great way to get involved and show your support for this worthy endeavor.  Click here to visit the store. 

            Study of the month:  The milk study – Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are studying whether breast cancer and breast cancer risk can be accurately assessed from a breast milk sample.  They need mothers who are currently breastfeeding, women who are going to have a breast biopsy in the near future, and women who have had a breast biopsy in the past to participate. Anyone in the US can participate if they meet the qualifications.  Click here for more information. 

Breastfeeding USA

            Breastfeeding USA is a new organization whose mission is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.  They accomplish this through a network of accredited breastfeeding counselors and comprehensive resources for the benefit of moms, babies, families, and communities.  Accredited breastfeeding counselors provide one-on-one and group support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  Community chapters offer classes and informal meetings facilitated by the breastfeeding counselors.  Their website offers up-to-date information on breastfeeding and related topics.  They also communicate with members and the public via Facebook and Twitter.  Online education modules prepare breastfeeding counselor candidates for the accreditation exam.  Individuals who join Breastfeeding USA receive a monthly newsletter and are able to participate in the online discussion group.  For more information on Breastfeeding USA, click here. 

International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)

            ILCA has a new blog called Lactation Matters.  Recent topics of discussion include “Working and Breastfeeding:  Can we do both?”  and “Informed Consent:  What is my responsibility as a lactation consultant?”  To find out more or to sign up for the blog, click here. 

To get a copy of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, click here. 

To purchase a copy of ILCA’s latest publication – “Risks of Not Breastfeeding,” click here.

Office on Women’s Health

            Quick Health Data Online features state and county level data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions.  It includes many types of data related to breastfeeding and maternal health.  Click here for more information. 

USLCA Lunch & Learn Webinars in September

Sept. 16, 2011 - Breastfeeding in Combat Boots:  Strategies to Support Active Duty Mothers 1:00-2:00 pm EST

            Sept. 26, 2011 - Lactation Education for the Out Patient Lactation Professional

                        Nighttime Parenting and Postpartum Depression – 10:30-11:30 am EST

                        Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction and Augmentation Surgeries – 11:30-12:30 EST

                        Nipple nuances: From pain to peppermint… 12:45-2:00 pm EST

                        Assessing for Deal or No Deal?  Game show approach to ethics 2:30-4:00pm EST

                        Assessing for Tongue-Tie – 4:15 to 5:30 pm EST

Click here for information on how to sign up for the webinars.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

            Everything you ever wanted to know about breastfeeding is probably somewhere on the WABA website (www.waba.org.my/). This organization protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding worldwide.  Started on February 14, 1991, it is a global network of organizations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers.  Among many other activities, WABA started World Breastfeeding Week and develops the theme each year.  Thank you WABA for creating such a fun event!