LLLI News – 31 January 2024


LLLI News is the online newsletter from the La Leche League International Board of Directors.

Editors: Diane Thompson and RuthAnna Mather lllinews@llli.org


  • News from the LLLI Board
    • Board Actions
      • Bylaws
  • LLLI End-of-Year Campaign
    • 2024 LLLI Online Conference
    • Recent and Upcoming Board Meetings
  • Supporting Leader Accreditation
  • Legacy Society
  • Friends of La Leche League



The LLLI Board approved the changes to ARTICLE IV and ARTICLE VI in the LLLI Bylaws.

Approved replacement of all mention of the Board Nominating Committee or NomCom throughout the PSR with the LLLI Board Operations Committee, along with the deletion of the Board Nominating Committee commission.


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We want to say a special thank you to everyone who gave during the La Leche League International (LLLI) End-of-Year campaign. With your help we were able to raise US$144,289.32 to help families access crucial breastfeeding resources globally.

10% of all proceeds up to US$10,000 from our campaign is going toward funding the new Marian Tompson Breastfeeding Support in Emergencies Fund. The fund seeks to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding during crises and to ensure breastfeeding support for mothers.

It is your generosity and belief in the LLL mission that enables us to continue to provide breastfeeding support and resources to families who need them most. We are deeply grateful for your partnership.

Thank you!


Please note that the dates for the LLLI global online conference have been changed to 14-15 October 2024. Sessions will be available live and on demand, with translations made available. You can join the LLLI 2024 Conference Chat Facebook group to engage with other Leaders about the conference or contact the LLLI Conference Task Force at conferenceteam@llli.org if you have any questions. Anyone interested in helping organize the conference is also welcome to contact the LLLI Conference Task Force.

Recent and Upcoming LLLI Board meetings
  • 10 January 2024
  • 24 January 2024
  • 14 February 2024
  • 28 February 2024


Reading the Leader’s Handbook no longer a requirement.

Now that reading the Leaders’ Handbook is not obligatory, how can we work with it?

Following the results and concerns expressed in the 2022 Leader Accreditation Survey, it was decided that the Handbook would not be an obligatory piece of reading anymore. https://llli.org/news/llli-news-30-september-2023/ How can we make sure Applicants are familiar with its contents when reading isn’t required? The Leader Accreditation Department (LAD) Representative will still ask Applicants to report on the contents of the Handbook. Applicants will also still need to be familiar with the topics contained in the “Checklist of Topics to Discuss in Preparation for LLL Leadership.” These too are all covered in the Handbook chapters. How can supporting Leaders work with it in ways other than reading?

Many Applicants will still choose to read it firsthand. Some Areas have paper versions for those who are more comfortable with a paper copy so that they can highlight and write notes in the text. Other Applicants may prefer a virtual copy (available at the LLLI website: https://llli.org/leader-pages/17924-2/). Some Areas may have audio versions available: this can be precious for Applicants who often have small children. Sitting down to read can be challenging while listening with headphones can be manageable as it allows the Applicant to move around according to her children’s needs. Applicants may decide to read some chapters, such as Chapter 1 “Helping One-to-One”, thoroughly, and scan other chapters.

Also, topics covered by the Handbook can be discussed with the supporting Leader, when discussing an LLL meeting in a follow-up conversation or in dedicated video/in-person sessions. Supporting Leaders can help one another and Applicants usually like working in groups. The local LAD representatives can be asked to hold a session about the Chapter on “Helping Others Become Leaders.” Other administrators could help with the Chapter on “Managing an LLL Group.” A member of the Professional Liaison (PL) Department or the Area Council could explain the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. And, of course, Applicants can also get together, with or without their supporting Leaders, divide the Handbook into parts and report on the assigned chapter.

Remember: if you, as a supporting Leader, are in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact your local LAD representative.


As a current or past La Leche League International (LLLI) Leader, LLLI hopes you will consider becoming a member of our Legacy Society. This will ensure that the issues you care about and the values you cherish will be long remembered. After years of service to LLL, this may be a way to ensure the financial future of an organization you love. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to start a meaningful philanthropic legacy. Find out about our Legacy Society today.


Friends of LLL

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Save the Date! 24-27 October 2024

Watch for information about the Friends of LLL (FoLLL) trip to Chicago, including dinner hosted by the LLLI Executive Director, Zion Tankard, and the Friends of LLL, with the writers of the new edition of The Art of Breastfeeding. Keep up with the details on the FoLLL website.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased separately from the trip. More information to come later.