28 September 2020

LLLI News is the online newsletter from the La Leche League International Board of Directors to Leaders worldwide to communicate what is happening in various parts of LLL. It is coordinated by LLLI Board members Ellen Mateer and Marianne Vakiener.

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NEWS FROM THE LLLI BOARD-LLLI Opportunities and Vacancies

Strategic Plan Committee

LLLI is now forming a committee to revise the LLLI Strategic Plan, and seeking volunteers to add DCE representation.  If you are interested in this committee, please contact Carolyn Driver-Burgess carolllyndb@hotmail.com.

Resource Bank Workgroup

The LLLI board is very grateful to the Leaders who have already offered their time and experience to being part of the Resource Bank Group.  If you are a Leader with knowledge, experiences, and resources about understanding and resolving conflicts, and you would like to see these resources become available to all Leaders, please consider adding your voice to the Resource Bank Workgroup.  For further information and to join, please contact Johanna Rhys-Davies at johanna.rhys-davies@hotmail.co.uk

Ombudsperson’s Committee

In accordance with PSR Appendix 40, LLLI is seeking nominations for members of the Ombudsperson’s Committee (“OC”). Interested individuals should complete an Application here: https://llli.org/ombudspersons-committee-application/

LLLI Fundraising Auction

From October 15-31 join the Board for LLLI’s virtual fundraising auction.  We have had over $30,000 in donated items that are available for bidding.  These include worldwide travel packages, virtual classes including Italian cooking for two and gourmet cooking for ten, Disneyland tickets, a virtual 1-1 Broadway star experience and gift certificates.   We have something for small and large budgets-check everything out at www.32auctions.com/llli2020 and watch our social media for updates. You can preview the offerings today; bidding opens on October 15 at 5 AM UTC.



Many countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in October. The Board is looking forward to seeing your celebrations – please tag us in your social media posts, and let us know if you have a post you would like us to share.

Did you know Canada Celebrates National Breastfeeding week In October? LLL Canada is celebrating with a 7-day virtual recorded conference, recognizing breastfeeding all across Canada. Catch the presentations live or with registration access to the recordings. Join us October 1-7, 2020, @ 2pm EST everyday. #lllc #lalecheleaguecanada #nationalbreastfeedingweek #nationalbreastfeedingweekcanada #wbw


Sweet Sleep is now available as an audio book in some countries, in US-English. https://llli.org/resources/sweet-sleep/


The Milk Donation and Sharing article has been revised to reflect current practices with cultural sensitivity in mind. Read it here – https://llli.org/breastfeeding-info/milk-donation/

@ardenetoile to see more artwork from this talented artist.

Huge thank you to the Leaders who worked intensively and carefully on this article – Carolyn Driver-Burgess (LLL New Zealand), Helen Lloyd (LLLGB), Adele McHenry-Koenen (LLL USA), Ellen Rubin (LLL Alliance).

If you would like to help with revising/writing resources for the LLLI website please get in touch – emateer@llli.org.


The Breastfeeding Today team is currently preparing for upcoming issues.

For the latest issue of the international digital magazine, click here. And be sure to share details about our magazine with your Area and in your Group or Area newsletter!

The BT team is looking for contributing writers, photographers and illustrators from countries all over the globe who might be willing to volunteer their talents on breastfeeding-related topics for our February issue. If you are interested in contributing something, please email Valentina Attanasio at editorbt@llli.org with your idea.

True or false quiz about nutrition and breastfeeding, in light of the holidays, Is there anything you really cannot eat?

The power of kangaroo therapy for babies: The origin of kangaroo therapy and how it continues to help so many families today. For resources about this topic to help get started, please contact us at editorbt@llli.org.

Global Family Day, a photo collage along with brief descriptions and quotations from diverse families and different cultures.

Deadline for submissions: November 10

Valentina Attanasio editorbt@llli.org.


If you want to translate or adapt any LLLI resources:
* follow your entity guidelines for translation and review
* include the following credit on your post <this post was originally published on the LLLI website,> and include a link
* send a copy of the translation, with a link to it on your website, to info@llli.org
Thank you to all who have translated resources and made them available to more families who need them!


Updates from Zion Tankard, LLLI Executive Director

Greetings ALLL,

I have enjoyed my first year working with LLLI and hope to invite all Leaders to raise a glass with me of your preferred beverage in celebration. I hope you will join me and also spread the word. Thank you.

Zion Tankard, Executive Director LLLI

When: Sep 30, 2020 14:00 and 20:00 UTC 

Register in advance for this meeting (SAME LINK FOR BOTH MEETINGS):


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the celebration.

LLLI Leader Database Form

LLLI collects basic information about you for administrative purposes, insurance, and to confirm your status as a Leader or Applicant. For these administrative purposes, the following information is required: your name, DCE/Area connections,  and email address. If you would like your information updated, please complete the Leader Database Form . Leaders are also welcome to request specific changes at customercare@llli.org . Please allow time for proper translations of the link to the Leader Database Form.

LLLI Data Breach

La Leche League International (LLLI) takes the protection and proper use of your information very seriously. Recently, we were made aware of a data breach through our third-party software company, Blackbaud. We are therefore informing you to explain the incident and provide you with steps you can take to protect yourself.


At this time, we understand, Blackbaud discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. After discovering the attack, the service provider’s Cyber Security team—together with independent forensics experts and law enforcement— successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking their system access and fully encrypting files; and ultimately expelled them from their system. For more details regarding the breach please visit our website LLLI Data Breach.


Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter and/or the protections available to you, please do not hesitate to review the LLLI Privacy Policy or contact the La Leche League International office at +1 919-459-6106 or email us at customercare@ll​li.org.

We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause you