2014 Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference:
“Finding Joy in the Journey”
Join us at UMASS Lowell April 12 & 13, 2014 for the La Leche League of MA/RI/VT Area Conference “Finding Joy In The Journey.” We welcome guest speakers Marian Tompson and Diana West, and many other knowledgeable speakers. Our annual conference gathers families with nationally-recognized parenting and breastfeeding experts, healthcare providers, and La Leche League representatives for a weekend of education and fun for the whole family. Saturday’s Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference offers a wide variety of topics from pregnancy and birth to the teen years and beyond. There is something for every phase of parenting life! Session topics include breastfeeding, parenting, nutrition, communication and childbirth. Continuing education credits for lactation professionals are offered. Sunday’s Leader Education Workshop is a day just for Leaders with opportunities for additional breastfeeding and communications topics and networking opportunities.
In addition to all the opportunities to learn, the conference offers the unique opportunity to get together with like-minded families. Other features of the conference include the Silent Auction, Exhibit Hall and Children’s Activities. This year we will be shopping local at the Silent Auction with our focus on the different regions within the Area.
The 2014 Area Conference is not to be missed.
Marian Tompson, co-Founder LLLI
Marian Tompson is one of the seven Founders of La Leche League International. She has worked to promote breastfeeding for more than 50 years and served as president of La Leche League for the first 24 years. Marian continues to speak at LLL Conferences around the world. She currently serves on the International Advisory Council for WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action). Marian spends every spare minute gathering information, raising critical questions, and stimulating needed research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDS and is the Founder, President, and CEO of AnotherLook, a not-for-profit corporation. In 1999, she received the Ethical Humanist Award from the New York Society for Ethical Culture and the Today’s Chicago Woman – 100 Women Making a Difference Award.
Diana West, IBCLC
Diana West, BA, LLLL, IBCLC, is a popular international speaker at professional and parenting conferences. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, and co-author with Teresa Pitman and Diane Wiessinger of the 8th edition of La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. She is also co-author with Lisa Marasco of The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk and with Dr. Elliot Hirsch of Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures. She is the author of the Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool and Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is a La Leche League Leader, a web site developer, and administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.com websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey.