2017 Area Conference

La Leche League of North Carolina announces the 2017 Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference, Giving Our Children Roots and Wings. Taking place at the Winston-Salem Marriott, 425 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101, October 6-8th, the La Leche League of North Carolina conference features Diana West and Kimberly Seals Allers. Discounted rates for registration and guest suites are available through September 15. Email acc@lllofnc.org with any questions.

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The Twin City Quarter encompasses the Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem, Embassy Suites Winston-Salem, and the M.C. Benton Convention Center. Each connects with the other via underground or enclosed outdoor walkways or adjoining parking decks. The entire complex is overseen by a single point of contact. A convenient downtown location near I-40 Business, it provides guests the opportunity to be close to virtually everything—local businesses, the Downtown Arts District, Fourth Street’s Restaurant Row, attractions, museums, shopping, colleges, universities, golf courses, and wineries. Close by find Old Salem, Downtown Arts District (DADA), and BB&T Ballpark.

Guest suites will be located in the Marriott and feature complimentary high-speed internet access, plush bedding, 37" flat screen televisions, mini-refrigerators and coffee makers, hair dryers, and iron/iron boards. Conference attendees will have access to both hotels’ amenities. Amenities include 24-hour business and fitness centers, heated indoor pool and whirlpool, and two restaurants, Graze (http://grazews.com/) and The Grille Restaurant.

Click HERE for more information about the Marriott or to book your room. You can also call (877) 888-9762 using the group code ‘La Leche League of North Carolina’ to receive the special conference rate of $119 (cut-off to receive special rate is September 15).

Diana West, LLL Leader, IBCLC, Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International is the co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, the 8th edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures, and ILCA’s Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool. She authored the groundbreaking book, Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery. She has also recently published a research article with a team led by Trevor MacDonald and Joy Noel-Weiss about trans men’s experiences with lactation and gender identity.

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author, and a nationally-recognized media commentator, consultant, and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and racial complexities of maternal and child health issues received over 10 million page views. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding, published by St. Martin’s Press, is available everywhere.

Tina Sherman is the campaign director for the Breastfeeding and Paid Leave Campaigns at MomsRising. Tina has dedicated her professional life to supporting and empowering moms and families. She served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate, has worked with several child and women’s advocacy organizations, is an active advocate on the North Carolina MomsRising Steering Committee and is a certified birth doula. Tina and her husband JP are raising four boys ranging from 2 to 11 years, including seven-year-old twins. She is active in her small town and serves on the board of the local farmers market.

Kristin Tully, PhD, brings an interdisciplinary perspective to maternal and child health through training in economics and anthropology for her BA at the University of Notre Dame, her PhD in biological anthropology from Durham University, England, postdoctoral fellowships at the Duke University School of Nursing through the inter-institutional Carolina Consortium on Human Development and at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a research associate at UNC Chapel Hill with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute in the Gillings School of global Public Health and with the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health in the School of Medicine. Kristin’s program of research investigates maternity care, patient-provider communication, breastfeeding experiences, and parent-infant nighttime interactions. Broadly, she is interested in understanding and supporting the interrelated health needs and parenting practices of new families. Kristin currently leads a multi-institutional collaboration to develop innovative postnatal unit bassinets and is an investigator on the 4th Trimester Project. Kristin is also the mother of two breastfed children. She is grateful for direct support received from La Leche League and the wider ‘village’ that LLL fosters.

Lauren Scott, DC, is a holistic chiropractic physician specializing in pediatric and pregnancy with a sub-specialty in infant feeding issues. She has trained in many techniques including Sacro-Occipital Technique (cranio-sacral), Bio-Geometric Integration, Diversified, and Webster, to name a few. With her biochemistry and genetics degrees, Dr. Scott has also studied nutrition from the perspective of alleviating symptoms and achieving balance to help her patients fully heal from health challenges as well as reach their full health/life potential. Dr. Scott owns Verve Holistic Health in Raleigh, NC, an integrative practice offering chiropractic, acupuncture, lactation services, massage and holistic aesthetics to families in the triangle.

Ann Calandro is the wife of one, the mother of four, and the grandmother of six, the owner of four dogs, two horses, lots of fish, and a parakeet (never a dull moment!). She is a registered nurse, UNC Chapel Hill graduate, LLL Leader of 40 years, has been an IBCLC since 1989, and currently is in private practice with Sweet Union Lactation Support in Waxhaw, NC. She is currently chair of the 2017 La Leche League International Board of Directors (since April 2017), has served many roles in LLL, and specifically has a long history with LLL of NC, including serving in the Professional Liaison Department and as a District Advisor “CheerLLLeader.” Ann enjoys reading and making soup and soap, and is a certified beekeeper. Ann also enjoys spending a lot of time at Ocracoke Island, where she and her husband have a camper permanently parked.

Please contact Kimberly Mebane at acc@lllofnc.org 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.

2:00-5:00 p.m.: Area Council Meeting
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Area Council Dinner
5:00-7:30 p.m.: Registration opens
7:00-9:00 p.m.:  Dessert Reception with Kristin Tully

7:30 a.m.:  Registration, Exhibits, & Marketplace opens
8:00 a.m.: Silent Auction opens
8:15-9:30 a.m.:  Session 1
9:45-10:30 a.m.: General Session
10:45 a.m. –12:00 p.m.: Session 2
12:30-2:00 p.m. Luncheon with Diana West
2:30-3:45 p.m.: Session 3
4:00-5:15: Session 4
6:00 p.m.:  Silent Auction and Vendors close for the evening
8:00-8:30 p.m.: Book Signing
8:00 p.m.: Ice Cream Social

7:30 a.m.: Exhibits & Marketplace open
8:15-9:45 a.m.: Breakfast with Kimberly Seals Allers
10:00-11:15 a.m.:  Session 5
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:  Closing Session
12:00 p.m.: Vendors close

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.

Session 1
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

Co-parenting Challenges
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

Beyond Breastfeeding
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

Session 2
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

Session 3
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.

Session 4
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

Session 5
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

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for Breastfeeding Families
by  Diana West, Diane Weissinger, and Theresa Pittman $20
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 Diana West, Diane Wiessinger, and Teresa Pitman $17
It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, La Leche League has set the standard for educating and supporting mothers in this natural art for generations. Now our 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.

The Big Letdown
by Kimberly Seals Allers $24
Pediatricians say you should but it’s okay if you don’t. The hospital says, “Breast is best,” but sends you home with formula “just in case.” Your sister-in-law says, “Of course you should!” Your mother says, “I didn't, and you turned out just fine.” Celebrities are photographed nursing in public, yet breastfeeding mothers are asked to cover up in malls and on airplanes. Breastfeeding is a private act, yet everyone has an opinion about it. How did feeding our babies get so complicated?

Journalist and infant health advocate Kimberly Seals Allers breaks breastfeeding out of the realm of “personal choice” and shows our broader connection to an industrialized food system that begins at birth, the fallout of feminist ideals, and the federal policies that are far from family friendly. The Big Letdown uncovers the multibillion-dollar forces battling to replace mothers’ milk and the failure of the medical establishment to protect infant health. Weaving together research and personal stories with original reporting on medicine, big pharma, and hospitals, Kimberly Seals Allers shows how mothers and babies have been abandoned by all the forces that should be supporting families from the start—and what we can do to help.

A Loving Weaning: How to Move Forward Together
by Winema Wilson Lanoue $15
Weaning from breastfeeding does not have to be confusing or difficult. When viewed as a journey of partnership and love, it can strengthen the parent-child bond and build trust and confidence. In this book, Winema Wilson Lanoue discusses the issues surrounding weaning, addresses the most frequently asked questions, and shows how parents can create a weaning plan that works for their unique family.

Winema Wilson Lanoue has been providing extensive, trained breastfeeding support for families since 2002. She promotes loving parenting through this work and through her writing. She and her family live in Virginia, USA, and you can follow her and her work through Twitter.

There will be a very limited number of tees and totes available for purchase at the conference, and we expect them to go quickly! Secure yours by preordering when you register by September 22nd!

Full refunds on registration, less a $10 handling fee, will be given for written requests received by September 19, 2017. Half of the registration fee will be refunded if the request is received between September 20 and October 16, 2017. Refunds are not available on meals, pre-ordered merchandise, or other fees. Send refund requests to carrie@magnusonmail.com.

  • Please email Carrie Magnuson at carrie@magnusonmail.com 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.
  • Three 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. If you are a Leader, submit request to LPARRYLLL@aol.com by September 11, 2017. Awardees will be notified on September 12, and need to accept/reject by September 14, as the Early Bird deadline is September 15.
  • Four scholarships of $50 each will be awarded to Leader Applicants based on financial need. If you are a Leader Applicant, submit your request to her.mckenzie@gmail.com by September 11, 2017. Awardees will be notified on September 12, and need to accept/reject by September 14, as the Early Bird deadline is September 15.
  •  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 ensure 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.
  • 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.
  • CERPs have been applied for from IBLCE through a providership with LLL Alliance.
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