La Leche League of MA/RI/VT
La Leche League of Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Vermont is part of La Leche League International, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to parents who choose to breastfeed, chestfeed, or human milk feed their children.
La Leche League Leaders are volunteers who have breastfed their own children and have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International. They are familiar with research about all aspects of breastfeeding and educated to answer your questions and concerns. Leader volunteers are available via telephone and email for personalized help.
La Leche League supports breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding families in reaching their goals with support and information.
La Leche League Philosophy
The basic philosophy of La Leche League is summarized in the following statements:
Mothering through breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.
Mother and baby need to be together early and often to establish a satisfying relationship and an adequate milk supply.
In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother which is as basic as his need for food.
Human milk is the natural food for babies, uniquely meeting their changing needs.
For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.
Ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.
Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start.
Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby’s father. A father’s unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child’s development from early infancy.
Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings.
La Leche League USA and LLL of MA/RI/VT are committed to diversity and inclusion. LLL MA/RI/VT supports all breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding families, inclusive of their race, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, primary language, ability, or socio-economic status. LLL fosters diversity among its Leaders so as to incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and responsible decision-making.
LLL of MA/RI/VT Leadership
Paula Manley, Area Coordinator of Leaders
Paula Manley serves as the Area Coordinator of Leaders (ACL) for LLL of MA/RI/VT. In this role, she is responsible for supporting a regional network of LLL Leaders and Groups in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Paula has been involved in La Leche League for several years, first as a member and then as an accredited LLL Leader. As a new parent, the encouragement and support she received from the Leaders and others in her local Group inspired Paula to become a Leader. Prior to her role as ACL she spent three years as Area Coordinator of Events. In addition to her role in the Area she leads with a local Group LLL of Silver Lake/Kingston and serves as Associate Continuing Education Department Administrator for LLL Alliance.
She lives in Kingston, MA with her husband and daughter.
Kim Bradlee Area Database Administrator and Area Secretary
As the Area Data Administrator / Area Secretary for LLL of MA/RI/VT, Kim Bradlee keeps the database of Leaders up-to-date. This information is then used for the Area Directory, Sectional Directories, Yahoo groups, and conference mailings. She has been a Leader for more than 20 years, has three adult children, and lives in Bradford MA.
Yvonne Maalouf Area Professional Liaison
Yvonne Maalouf serves as the Area Professional Liaison (APL) for Leaders in the Area. In this capacity she assists Group Leaders with the additional resources and support for complex breastfeeding issues that often arise from challenging medical and legal concerns. Yvonne was introduced to La Leche League through reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding more than 15 years ago. The support and encouragement she received while attending local meetings is what inspired her to become an accredited Leader and actively lead meetings. Yvonne lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Marshfield, MA.
Kathy Drury Interim Communication Skills Instructor Coordinator
Kathy Drury serves as the Communications Skills Instructor (CSI) for LLL of MA/RI/VT. She presents workshops where participants practice skills for effective inter-personal communication. She has led LLL meetings in the Greater Nashua, NH region since 1993, and loves watching mothers and babies grow together. Kathy has two children, and lives with her husband in Nashua, NH.
Dara Connolly Coordinator of Leader Accreditation
The Coordinator of Leader Accreditation (CLA) for LLL of MA/RI/VT is Dara Connolly. Dara is new to this position, and is looking forward to supporting Leaders and Leader Applicants and gaining experience doing so. Leader Accreditation Department (LAD) work is what keeps La Leche League alive and growing, and preparing parents to become LLL Leaders is a privilege and an honor. Dara has been a Leader for five years and this is her first time filling a role within LAD.
Dara and her husband live in Whitman, MA and homeschool their 3 children.
Amy Shaw Area Finance Coordinator
Amy Shaw serves as Area Finance Coordinator. She was accredited as a Leader in 1982. Before becoming AFC Amy worked in Leader Accreditation for 21 years, served as Director for LLL Alliance for 10 years, served on LLL USA Council and Interim Council, serving on the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline-US Advisory Council, and was a member of the LLLI Global Leaders’ Committee. Amy is the mother of three grown sons, all married, and currently has four grandchildren.
Alyson Dewar, Area Publications Coordinator
Alyson leads meetings with La Leche League of Salem with her awesome co-Leader. She loves to proofread and often contemplates offering her services to the local newspaper but has not yet done so. In addition to being a grammar nerd, she is always in need of article ideas, so send them along! In addition to her roles locally, she also serves on the Global Leader Committee of La Leche League.
When not doing things that are LLL related, Alyson likes to knit and has more yarn and in-progress projects than are healthy. She loves music and has worked at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since Hurricane Katrina, where she dances backstage and keeps the riff raff off of the stage. Alison lives in Winthrop with her two children, husband, and dog.
Area Coordinator of Events
We currently have an opening on the Area Team for a motivated Leader to serve as Area Coordinator of Events (ACE). The ACE is the head of the Continuing Education Department and oversees the planning of the Area Conference and other events for Leaders and community members. Leaders who would like to find out more about what is involved should contact the ACL.