About Us

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.

Diversity Statement

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.

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Kristen Carlson Coordinator of Leader Accreditation

Kristen Carlson is the Coordinator of Leader Accreditation (CLA) for LLL of MA/RI/VT. Kristen became a Leader in Louisiana in 2006, moved to Massachusetts in 2007, and now lives in Maine. She has been an ACLA in the Leader Accreditation Department since 2013.

Kristen is interested in making progress in the integration of the foundational principles of LLL with the expansion of the community we welcome, serve, and learn from at our meetings and events. She hopes we can provide resources to anyone who seeks breastfeeding help, inclusive of all genders, religions, races, ethnicities, and family structures. With this hope in mind, she welcomes communication from any Leader who has ideas, concerns, or questions, and is particularly interested in increasing the diversity of Leaders, Leader Applicants, and meeting attendants.

Apart from LLL, she spends her time homeschooling her children, teaching English online in the mornings before they wake up, tending thier 26 chickens and 6 ducks, attempting to garden in their short growing season, and spending time in nature.


Leslie DiOrio Area Finance Coordinator

Leslie DiOrio serves as Area Finance Coordinator, and is a Leader with the Greater Brockton Group and a working mom. Her early experiences with breastfeeding her son led her to La Leche League. Discussions with others who were struggling to continue nursing while working in a professional environment lead her to become a Leader. She has held board roles for multiple non-profit organizations, including the role of Treasurer and Investment Income Manager for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)–Boston Chapter. During the work day, she leads the data mining audit unit for a large insurer, with an MBA in statistics and data methodology, and she has a master's degree in vocal performance from NYU.


Open Positions

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.

Area Publications Coordinator

We currently have an opening on the Area Team for a Leader to serve as Area Publications Coordinator (APC). The APC is the head of the Publications Department. They oversee the publication of the Area Leader Letter and support Leaders’ publications needs. Leaders who would like to find out more, should contact the ACL.