Dessert Reception with Kristin Tully (Ticket Required): The 4th Trimester Project
In the 12 weeks following delivery, a woman must recover from childbirth, adapt to changing hormones, and learn to feed and care for her newborn. During this “4th Trimester,” many women experience considerable challenges, and amid these concerns, postpartum care is often fragmented among maternal and pediatric providers. Rising maternal mortality and morbidity in the US have made this work an even greater priority. The goal of The 4th Trimester Project is to bring together mothers, health care providers, and other stakeholders to define what families need most during the 4th Trimester. Kristin Tully, PhD
The dessert reception will offer an assortment of desserts including gluten-free and vegan options. Regular & decaffeinated coffee and assorted teas will be provided.
Luncheon with Diana West (Ticket Required): Body Image and Breastfeeding
A discussion of the ways in which negative body image perceptions sabotage breastfeeding, exploring the latest research on the topic, with strategies to minimize their effect. CERP(R)/CEU(BE) Diana West, LLL Leader, IBCLC
The luncheon will provide a gourmet salad bar with an assortment of salad toppings, many of which are gluten-free and vegan, as well as the choice of two seasonal soups, a side of fresh fruit, and sweetened or unsweetened iced tea.
Breakfast with Kimberly Seals Allers (Ticket Required): Putting an End to THE BIG LETDOWN
Based on Seals Allers’ top-selling and groundbreaking book, the presentation identifies and explains the social, cultural, and economic forces at work manipulating decisions about breastfeeding. The talk examines the role of science and scientific protocols, medicine, commercial interests, feminist ideals and other “actors,” in shaping infant feeding decision-making and what can be done to level the playing field. Allers also pushes for more structural support for breastfeeding mothers, improved communication and messaging from the lactation community, and a call to action by physicians and other health professionals while creating a blueprint for changing social acceptance of breastfeeding as the biological norm. CERP(R)/CEU(BE)Kimberly Seals Allers
The breakfast buffet will offer bacon or sausage links, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes or grits, sliced fruit, muffins, orange juice, regular and decaf coffee, and assorted hot teas. Gluten-free and vegan options available upon request.
No Mother Left Behind: Reducing Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Rates
Despite some improvements, lingering racial disparities still exist, particularly at the six-month and 12-month exclusivity milestones. This presentation identifies five key cultural and structural barriers to breastfeeding for the African American community as well as eight strategies for overcoming barriers, engaging with community, and communicating effectively with African American women and men. Attendees will be able to better understand how current breastfeeding messaging and protocols may be disconnected from the lived experience of African American women and will understand strategies for developing more culturally appropriate messaging. CERP(R)/CEU(BE) Kimberly Seals Allers
The World Is Catching Up with LLL
Exploring the history of the ten guiding concepts of LLL. Why were they written? What are they? How did these common sense concepts seem so different from the general view about babies and parents at that time? Which ones have recently been “discovered” by the rest of the world? Patting ourselves on the back for realizing the needs of parents long before the rest of the world. Ann Calandro
There are so many ways that co-parents can find themselves disagreeing with each other, both in philosophy and in day-to-day actions. Join us for a conversation about communicating with your partner, understanding their needs and perspectives, and finding solutions that suit the whole family. Betsy Watson
Becoming an LLL Leader….Could I, Should I, What’s My Next Step?
All interested parents welcome! Explore how becoming a Leader Applicant enriches your involvement with a local Group, and what else is to be learned about breastfeeding and LLL. Hannah McKenzie, Charlene Jenkins, and Rebecca Reneger
What does parenting look like after breastfeeding is finished? Let’s discuss parenting our no-longer-breastfeeding children and talk about how the bonds and habits we create with our babies evolve as our children continue to grow. Joelle Permutt
Thyroid Effect on Milk Supply
The thyroid gland is small but mighty! An underactive or overactive thyroid gland may have significant impacts on health and well-being, and can even affect milk supply. In this session, we will discuss the function of the thyroid, and signs and symptoms of a hyperactive and underactive thyroid gland. Specific to the postpartum period, signs and symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis and the timing of the hyper and hypo symptoms will be discussed, as well as an overview of the endocrine system and its role in making milk. The latest research and resources on the thyroid effect on milk supply, common treatments and their safety in breastfeeding will be presented, so that you can feel more confident in offering support, information, and encouragement to breastfeeding parents with thyroid disease so that they will have the best chance at having a successful breastfeeding journey. CERP(L)/CEU(BE) Kate Godly, LLL Leader, PA-C
Holistic Care for the Mother
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, and is full of many emotional and physical changes. In this session, Dr. Scott will discuss how a holistic approach to care using functional medicine during pregnancy, including acupuncture, chiropractic care, and addressing chemical imbalances caused by food or other sources with nutrition and appropriate supplements, can help promote a healthy pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery. Lauren Scott, DC
Reasons Parents Wean Unnecessarily: Why It Matters and How We Can Help Them
In the era of the internet, misinformation is just a click away. Parents also interact with health care providers (doctors, dentists, and others) and well-meaning friends and family who may all have “reasons” that they advise parents to wean, such as sickness/medications needed, dental caries, perceived over-dependence of the nursling, or desire to conceive. In a society where the pressure typically is to wean a child, it is important for parents to have support for finding a way through the challenges they face if they wish to continue nursing. Explore ways La Leche League can help distribute credible research-based information to support parents in meeting their personal breastfeeding goals. Winema Wilson Lanoue
Leaders-to-be: How to Identify and Recruit Amazing New Leader Applicants
One way to ensure that La Leche League keeps growing and meeting the needs of the community that we serve is to help new Leaders become accredited. Come and discover more about how to spot a potential Leader Applicant, approach potential Leader Applicants about leadership, and how you can help them to successfully begin and navigate the journey to leadership! Hannah McKenzie and Pam Freedman
Moving Children to Action
“Please get in the car seat!” “It’s time to get ready for bed!” “Can you please get your shoes on?” “Can you help me pick up the toys?” Consider all the phrases that we say a million times each day! Explore ways to sound less like a broken record and empower or motivate our head-strong children. When children feel connected and valued, they are more likely to want to behave appropriately and cooperate with their parents and caregivers. In this session we will delve into how to improve communication skills with our children so as to encourage cooperation, build emotional intelligence, and lay a strong, trusting foundation for your relationship. Cara Forrest
Counseling Parents in an Era of Negative Messaging
Let’s discuss ways we can overcome the pervasive negative influences on breastfeeding parents without stooping to scare tactics. CERP(R)/CEU(CS) Tori Sproat, LLL Leader, IBCLC
School Choices: Finding the Right Fit for Your Family
Montessori, Waldorf, homeschooling, unschooling, co-ops, private school, charter schools, public schools, and more—the schooling options for our children are exciting and diverse! Often it is a matter of learning more about the philosophy and logistics of different options in order to determine what is the best fit for your family. Join us for an interactive panel discussion, as experienced parents share about their school choices—feel free to join in the discussion and share your thoughts and experiences as well! Tracy Burkett, Lauren Scott, Shannon Shanely, Jasmine McKewen, and Josie Sianez
Can I Do THAT While Breastfeeding?
Often well-meaning family, friends, and even strangers will will warn a new parent that “You can’t drink while you are breastfeeding!” or “That garlic is the reason your baby is so fussy!” While well-intended, they are often misinformed. The list of cultural “no-no’s” while breastfeeding seems to increase by the day! No coffee, no garlic, don’t eat spicy food, don’t dye your hair, you can’t get a new piercing, tattoos aren’t safe, and so on! How many of those prohibitions are based in fact? Almost none. Come find out if you really CAN do that while breastfeeding! Amey Maffucci
Cooking with Dietary Restrictions
It’s challenging enough to prepare meals for your family without dietary restrictions, but what if you are also accommodating dietary needs such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan? Is it possible to still get quick, healthy meals on the table without losing your mind? Absolutely! Join us as we share ideas for easy-to-prepare meals that don’t have wheat or dairy but are packed with flavor and nutrition. Tasty meals that fit your dietary requirements and gluten-free baking can satisfy even the pickiest toddler or preschooler, and are great for babies getting started with first foods as well! Shira Sanchez and Winema Wilson Lanoue
Necklace Making – for Both Children and Adults (with or without Kids)
Come join us for some fun with beads, all ages are welcome. Food-grade silicone beads will be available. Select option below to add $5 per necklace for supplies.
Infant Sleep Training: History, Research, and Outcomes
Parents hear confusing recommendations about sleep training and “crying-it-out.” This presentation provides a discussion of the history underlying infant sleep training methods, their effects on feeding, and research findings on psychological and physiological outcomes. Gentle alternative methods are offered. CERP(R)/CEU(BE) Diana West, LLL Leader, IBCLC
North Carolina’s Breastfeeding Report Card
What is the breastfeeding landscape in North Carolina? Let’s look at the CDC’s measures of breastfeeding support and the state’s initiatives to protect breastfeeding and see how we’re doing. We’ll also discuss how LLL Leaders and other breastfeeding support people can work together with WIC to fulfill our common goal of increasing support for NC’s breastfeeding families. CERP(R)/CEU(E) Norma Escobar, LLL Leader, IBCLC
Meeting the Mission: From Knowing the Numbers to Making a Plan
Transform your La Leche League Group. We’ll take a look at the demographics of the state and think about how they are reflected in your local Group. Our discussion will include ideas for improving the Group’s outreach to increase its diversity and inclusion. In this working session, you’ll walk away with a specific plan, a template, and samples to make the work easier. CEU(E) Raven Chitalo and Jameil Weldon
Minimalism and Parenting
We all know that “people are more important than things,” and in this session we will dive into the philosophy and purpose of minimalism, and how can it enhance your parenting experience. We will discuss definitions and purposes of minimalism as well as resources that offer inspiration and come together as a group to offer participants a chance to share practical tips and ask questions. Betsy Watson and Andre Woodard
What Can I Do to Help?
Being the partner to a breastfeeding parent is hard work! Especially when we don’t have a clue as to what we can do to help! Let’s share ways we’ve found to be helpful when needed and ways to stay out of the way when not needed. Partners only. David Sianez and Alejandro Sanchez
Helping Millennials Breastfeed
A discussion of effective methods to interact with the new generation of breastfeeding mothers, known as “Millennial Moms (Mums),” who have vastly different needs and communication styles from those who typically counsel them. CERP(R)/CEU(CS) Diana West, LLL Leader, IBCLC
The Politics of Breastfeeding
We will discuss the aspects of politics and breastfeeding, including the latest developments in health care laws that affect nursing parents and families, and current events that are affecting the development of the breastfeeding culture. Tina Sherman
The Mission and Future of LLL
The legacy of La Leche League has shaped the lactation profession and affected families worldwide. Explore what’s next for La Leche League as we continue to support breastfeeding in the 21st century. Ann Calandro, Pam Freedman, and Kathleen Anderson
Building a Spirited-Child Toolkit
Especially for those of us who have spirited, challenging, and straight-up difficult children. Come to this safe, judgement-free zone, where we will deal with the realities of having children who function differently than everyone else. Be prepared to participate, as this will be an interactive session where we hear real-life struggles and use role play to present tricks, try them out, and brainstorm ideas for tough everyday situations. Shannon Shanely
Do I Still Belong?
Let’s discuss reasons to stay involved in LLL after our children have weaned and grown older. We’ll also talk about the many ways there are to be involved in LLL other than “just” being a Leader. Charlene Jenkins