La Leche League of North Carolina

2016 Area Conference


La Leche League of North Carolina announces the 2016 Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference, Breastfeeding: Precious and Priceless. Taking place at the DoubleTree Suites in Durham, NC April 8-10th, the conference features Marian Tompson, Diane Wiessinger, and Dr. Miriam Labbok among many other knowledgeable speakers. Email with any questions or inquires.

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Host Site Information

Located near Research Triangle Park, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham (2515 Meridian Parkway, Durham, North Carolina, 27713-5221, USA) is an all-suite hotel offering a resort-like atmosphere and a great centralized location. Guest suites are $99/night and feature separate living rooms with sleeper sofas, bedrooms, dressing areas, and bathrooms, and each includes a kitchenette equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Enjoy recreational facilities including an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, a lake with paddleboats, tennis court, sand volleyball, basketball, walking trails, and bicycle paths. On-site dining is available at the hotel’s restaurant, Piney Point Grill. Visit area attractions including The Streets at Southpoint Mall, Durham Bulls Stadium, the North Carolina Life and Science Museum, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

For more information about DoubleTree Suites or to book your room, visit or call 1-800-HILTONS. Use the group code ‘LLL’ to receive the special conference rate of $99 (**cut-off to receive special rate is March 18**).

Guest Speaker Information

Marian Tompson is one of the seven founders of La Leche League International. She was President of La Leche League from 1956 to 1980 and recently rejoined the LLLI Board of Directors. Marian started the Breastfeeding Seminars for Physicians, hosted annually by LLLI from 1973 until 2009 and the LLL Newsletter now called Breastfeeding Today. She serves on the International Advisory Council for WABA (the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) and continues to speak at conferences around the world. In 2001 she founded AnotherLook, a not for profit raising critical questions and stimulating needed research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDS. Marian was the first Living Treasure named by Mothering (magazine) and in 1999 received the Ethical Humanist Award from the New York Society for Ethical Culture.  Her memoir, Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life, was published by Hale Publishing in 2011.   

Diane Wiessinger, LLL Leader, MS, IBCLC, is a frequent speaker, in the US and abroad, on the mechanics and mammalian behaviors involved in breastfeeding, and the language and support systems that help make it successful. She is a co-author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition, and Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. She is author or contributing author of numerous breastfeeding resources, including textbooks, journal articles and essays, and more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers and their helpers.

Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, is Emeritus Professor and Director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Miriam has served as the Senior Advisor at UNICEF on Infant and Young Children Feeding and Care, and with USAID as Director of Maternal Health and Nutrition. She has held faculty positions at Georgetown University and at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and has traveled extensively for project development and evaluation as well as lecturing and advisory group work. She has written numerous articles and peer reviewed papers. Honors include a LLLI 1976 Paul Gyorgy Award and the La Leche League International Award of Distinction in 2000.

Interested in exhibiting or advertising?

Please contact Charlotte Shoneman at for more information about advertising in our program booklet (which goes out to about 100-150 attendees) and/or exhibiting your goods or services at our event.

Weekend Schedule


5:00-7:30 p.m.

Registration Opens


7:00-9:00 p.m.

Dessert Reception with Dr. Miriam Labbok





7:30 a.m.

Registration, Exhibits, & Marketplace open


8:00 a.m.

Silent Auction opens


8:15-9:30 a.m.

Session 1


9:45-11:00 a.m.

General Session


11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch with Diane Wiessinger


1:00-2:15 p.m.

Session 2


2:30-3:45 p.m.

Session 3


4:00-5:15 p.m.

Session 4


5:30 p.m.

Book Signing with Diane Wiessinger & Marian Tompson. Silent Auction closes.


6:00 p.m.

Vendors close for the night.


8:00 p.m.

Evening Entertainment: The Mamalogues and The Founding of La Leche League





7:30 a.m.

Exhibits & Marketplace open


8:30-9:45 a.m.

Brunch with Marian Tompson


10:00-11:15 a.m.

Session 5


11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Closing Session


12:00 p.m.

Vendors close

Session Descriptions

Dessert Reception with Miriam Labbok (Ticket Required): It Takes a Village

One baby, one mother, one family, one community. WHO/UNICEF published Revised and Expanded Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) materials in 2010. The new concept expands BFHI across the reproductive health continuum and from the family on up to national government actions. Our local LLL has joined with Rotary, faith-based organizations, health care providers, town governments, the Chamber of Commerce, and others to explore how such a collaborative effort might be implemented to serve our community and to inform national and global thinking towards normalizing optimal breastfeeding. Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC

Luncheon with Diane Wiessinger (Ticket Required): Sleeping Together: Biology, Controversy, Research

News headlines, medical association recommendations, and critical comments from well-meaning grandparents, friends, and even care providers may lead exhausted parents to wonder: Is sleeping with a baby risky? Join Diane Wiessinger, co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family to discuss normal sleep, mother-baby nighttime interactions, the controversy surrounding shared sleep, the research behind the controversy, and the crucial differences between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. CERP(R)/CEU(BE). Diane Wiessinger, LLL Leader, MS, IBCLC

Brunch with Marian Tompson (Ticket Required): Surprises Along the Way

La Leche League was founded in 1956 by seven mothers who saw a need for breastfeeding support in their community. Today LLL reaches mothers in 70 countries with over 6,000 accredited volunteer Leaders and offers online and print publications in a number of languages, while it still retains its original focus on mother-to-mother support meetings. LLL co-Founder Marian Tompson discusses many of the twists and turns the founders encountered in their attempt to simply offer information and support to breastfeeding mothers.

Session 1

Hot Topics in Breastfeeding

Are you wondering about the safety and ethics of informal milk sharing? Do you have questions about how to safely store “precious gold” that is pumped (or perhaps received from another mother)? Join us for a discussion of the research findings on these “hot topics” of milk sharing and milk storage guidelines. CERP(L)/CEU(BE). April Fogleman, PhD, IBCLC and Aunchalee Palmquist PhD, IBCLC

Breastfeeding and Postpartum Challenges

The early days of mothering are exhausting and emotionally overwhelming for many, but some mothers might face challenges such that additional emotional and mental health support is needed. In this session, we will explore the challenges of postpartum depression, anxiety, and related disorders. Learn how to recognize the signs of potential postpartum challenges and gain insight into how to support the breastfeeding mother. CERP(R)/CEU(BE). Nancy Albrecht, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Supporting Breastfeeding in Childcare

Many mothers return to work in the first year of their infant’s life and are faced with the challenge of choosing a childcare provider. Explore the components of a breastfeeding-friendly childcare program: what parents can look for in a program, information that they can share with providers, and ways that families can encourage programs to be breastfeeding supportive. CEU(BE). Kathleen Anderson

Fostering Sibling Harmony

Each child is unique and families often face challenges dealing with different ages and stages at the same time. Explore practical ways to deal with sibling rivalry, embrace differences, and foster love and respect while minimizing jealousy and bickering. Donna Martin

Becoming an LLL Leader….Could I, Should I, What’s My Next Step?

All interested mothers 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. Carroll Beckham, Susan Kerr, Diane Beckman, Hannah McKenzie


Session 2

Unraveling the WHO Code Who really understands the WHO code? Learn the history and significance of the WHO code, what it means to be WHO Code compliant, and why it’s still important today. CERP(E)/CEU(E). Pam Freedman, LLL Leader and Kathleen Anderson, LLL Leader, MEd., CLC

Mothering the Mother (Alumnae) The usually joyful but occasionally challenging transition of moving from “just a mother” to the mother of a mother! We will discuss ways to cultivate a supportive relationship with adult children as they welcome babies home. Charlene Jenkins and Marie Melzer

A Time to Wean

Weaning is a natural part of the breastfeeding journey, as mother and child end one stage of their relationship. In this session, explore some of the complex emotions surrounding weaning, from bittersweet to relief. Martha Tempest

Food Sensitivities in the Breastfed Baby

With food intolerances and allergies on the rise, pregnant and nursing mothers may wonder if there is anything they can do to prevent future sensitivities. This session will explore the development of the infant immune system and the influence of maternal nutrition and health throughout pregnancy and lactation. Participants will learn about clinical symptoms signifying the need for a nutrition intervention via maternal diet. CERP(L)/CEU(BE). Lindsey Hurd, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Breastfeeding and Staying Fit

“You can’t work out if you’re pregnant!”;  “Exercise will make your milk taste funny!” How can breastfeeding mothers balance their health needs and those of their children? How can you squeeze in short bursts of physical activity throughout your day? How can you include your children in this physical activity? Why is exercise beneficial to both mother and baby? We will dispel common myths related to breastfeeding and exercise, and will discuss ways to balance mother’s health needs with the needs of her children!  All fitness levels are encouraged to attend this interactive, movement-filled session! Come with your questions and leave with ideas and inspiration! Shannon Shanely and Lindsay Mumma

Session 3

Softness with Whiskers

Being a dad gives you a special place in your child’s eyes. Find out how other fathers spend time with their families, love, and discipline their children. Fathers only. Andrew Hutzel and David Sianez

It’s Your Birth

Just as Leaders encourage mothers “You are the expert on your own baby”, expecting mothers are also the “experts” on the childbirth experience that they desire. In this session, we will discuss ways to make the most of childbirth. Taking prenatal classes, writing a birth plan, and effectively communicating with your birth attendants can all contribute to satisfaction with your birth experience, getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, and a positive postpartum recovery. Daphne Flowers

When Others Disagree

There are many reasons parents, friends, and family may disagree about parenting choices. Explore methods of listening and meaningful ways of expressing ourselves to address parenting disagreements. CEU(CS). Cicely Rodal

Numbers, Knowledge, and Nonsense

Analyze examples, from published articles and advertising, of the ways numbers have been used, deliberately and unintentionally, to reach conclusions that the data doesn’t support. We’ll look at sources ranging from the safe sleep literature to cancer research and household cleaner ad campaigns. CERP(R)/CEU(BE). Diane Wiessinger, LLL Leader, MS, IBCLC

Helping Mothers in Difficult Situations

“I have a lump the size of my fist in my breast. Do you know what might have caused that?” “I have to have a radioactive iodine test. How long do I need to wait to nurse?” Sometimes mothers seek help for situations which may feel more complex than typical helping situations, and it may be challenging to help if we aren’t confident that we have the ability to provide the answers or support that the mother needs. Learn how to respond to mothers in difficult situations, and understand when to refer, while sharing examples of common breastfeeding situations. CEU(CS). Amey Maffucci and Ann Calandro

Session 4

Lactation Tools-What’s Helpful, What’s Not

Nipple shields, Lactaids, breast pumps, oh my! With so many different products aimed at breastfeeding parents, it can be difficult to determine which are useful and when they are needed. Explore several different tools, discuss their purposes, and determine their usefulness in different situations. CERP(L)/CEU(BE). Ann Conlon-Smith, LLL Leader, IBCLC and Sarah Thompson, LLL Leader

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We live in diverse communities but often the parents seeking support from La Leche League are not as diverse as our communities. Explore opportunities to improve our quest to meet the La Leche League mission and vision of inclusiveness within our respective communities. CEU(CS). Norma Escobar and Hannah McKenzie

Raising a Spirited Child

Toddlerhood is often a challenging time for parents and having a spirited toddler makes it even more challenging. Before you know it, those toddlers grow into spirited children. Come to this interactive session where we support each other, discuss the unique challenges of having a spirited toddler or child, and explore creative ways to manage spirited behavior while keeping your cool! Shannon Shanely

Pass the Purees

A discussion of the introduction to solid foods! Explore developmental readiness, progression of food textures and volume, prevention of childhood obesity and picky eating, baby-led weaning, food allergies, and more! Lindsey Hurd, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Reducing Waste/Trash Talk

Let’s talk trash! Can you imagine your family producing less than one bag of trash over the course of a year? It’s actually possible! We will discuss effective and do-able strategies for reducing your overall trash output through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. Come with your questions and ideas about how to move towards a trash free lifestyle! Josie Sianez


Session 5

Breastfeeding & Jaundice

Explore the behavior of a jaundiced baby and clinical indicators of jaundice, as well as the distinction of the newborn diseases that cause this condition and how these differ from normal breastfeeding jaundice. Discuss the evidence-based approaches to treatment and prevention of jaundice among breastfed babies. CERP(L)/CEU(BE). Kate Godly, LLL Leader, IBCLC, PA-C

Staying Connected as Kids Grow Up

Most of us have heard of “Attachment Parenting,” but we apply it to babies and toddlers who are carried in arms, co-sleeping, and nursing. It’s just as important to stay attached through the teen years and beyond. We’ll discuss strategies and ideas for staying connected as our children’s (and our own) needs change. Donna Martin & Martha Tempest

What Would Mammals Do?

What happens to infant feeding when mammals are deprived of their chosen place, time, and sensations of birth? What if the birth is too hard… or too easy? The not-so-surprising implications our mammalian ancestry has for how we give birth and begin the process of mothering in modern America. CERP(R)/CEU(BE). Diane Wiessinger, LLL Leader, MS, IBCLC

Birth & Breastfeeding

Research shows that childbirth events and clinical interventions often affect a mother’s ability to breastfeed. Mothers who experience cesarean sections often experience greater hurdles for breastfeeding success. Join us to discuss the steps that maximize the opportunity for breastfeeding success. CERP(L)/CEU(BE). Kristin Tully, PhD

History & Future of LLL

An introduction of the history and future of La Leche League. A discussion of what has changed in the last 60 years for mothers and babies and what what the future holds for the organization. CEU(OM). Carroll Beckman and Pam Freedman

Book Preorder

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for Breastfeeding Families
co-Author Diane Wiessinger

SweetSleepNew from LLLI, Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It’s mother-wisdom, reassurance, and a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research.






The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by Diane Wiessinger, Diane West, and Teresa Pitman

WABIt’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and supporting mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Real–mom wisdom, expert information, and proven strategies for breastfeeding at every stage.



Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life:
by Marian Tompson and Melissa Clark Vickers

TompsonWhat does it take to change established childbirth practices, hospital procedures, infant nutrition standards, and cultural norms that work against the best interests of mothers and their babies? It takes a woman who is passionate about all of those things, and who unknowingly took the first steps of a journey that would ultimately lead to the founding of La Leche League International and a life devoted to speaking up and speaking out for mothers and babies around the world. That woman is Marian Tompson, whose passion for insisting on the childbirth and breastfeeding options that nurtured and nourished the breastfeeding couple became her life’s work. Part biography, part memoir, Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life, tells the story of a shy 1950s stay-at-home mother who became a childbirth and breastfeeding advocate whose influence reached around the globe. Marian Tompson, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother is best known as one of the founders of La Leche League International as well as an internationally renowned author, speaker, and tireless advocate for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. In 2001, she founded a second organization, AnotherLook, the only organization of its kind designed to foster research and discussion about HIV and AIDS as they relate to breastfeeding. She has been an inspiring and motivating speaker in more than 30 countries, touching the lives of mothers and babies throughout the world.

Refund Policy

Full refunds on registration, less a $10 handling fee, will be given for written requests received by March 22, 2016.  Half of the registration fee will be refunded if the request is received between March 23 and April 17, 2016.  Refunds are not available on meals, pre-ordered merchandise or other fees. Send refund requests to

  • Please email with any questions about registration
  • If paying by check, make check payable to LLL of NC and mail to: 104R NC Hwy 54 West Suite 356 Carrboro, NC 27510. Checks returned by your bank will be subject to a fee of $25.
  • On-line registration will close April 1, but walk-in registrations will be accepted at the conference.
  • Four scholarships of $60 each will be awarded to Leaders who are current with Area financial responsibilities, based on financial need. Priority will be given to LLL of NC Leaders, but any Leader may apply. If interested, write a letter indicating the nature of the financial need, other sources of funding you might be receiving, and the work you are currently doing as an LLL Leader. Submit requests to by March 14, 2016. Recipients will be notified on March 15, and need to accept/reject by March 17, as the Early Bird deadline is March 18.
  • Due to safety consideration, strollers are not permitted in the conference area. The only exceptions are parents of twins, other multiples, or parents or children who are physically challenged. Please protect your little ones in the safety of your arms or a baby carrier.
  • To assure the security of your children, please supervise them at all times. Caregivers must be of an appropriate age, bearing in mind the public atmosphere at our conference facility. We will be sharing the facility with other groups. A children’s play area will be provided.
  • Non-profit Statement: La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who choose to breastfeed.

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