La Leche League of New York

e-Blender #50: March 2018



La Leche League of New York                                  March 2018
e-Blender #50

The Area Leaders Letter

LLL NY Area Conference
October 27 & 28, 2018
Syracuse, NY
https://www.facebook.com/LLLNYConference/

Leader Department News
Haley Scribner, ACL 
How often do you have a Leader Meeting?

If you are fortunate enough to be in a Group with multiple Leaders, it is essential to have regular Leader Meetings so you are all on the same page about plans, finances, and upcoming events.
 
A Leader Meeting does not need to be formal or have a strict agenda (or maybe you don’t need one at all). Our Group has a Leader Meeting (in person) at least twice a year. We typically meet at our local Starbucks for about two hours and discuss happenings within the Group. We often look forward to these meetings.
The Group has seven Leaders, and we all have varying levels of Group involvement. Some of us run morning meetings, some of us run evening meetings, some of us handle budgets, some of us handle fundraising, some of us do home visits or take helping calls, and some of us (this is me right now) just make the agenda for the next meeting.
 
If you’re interested in having a Leader Meeting, but you have too many conflicting schedules to meet in person, consider using an online video chatting forum. The NY Area has a Blue Jeans subscription that is always available for Leader use!
 
Not sure what you might talk about at a Leader Meeting? Here are a few of the things we typically cover during our meetings:

  • Group Jobs: what we’re doing for the Group and if we think we need a change
  • Budgets and how we plan to use the funds we’ve raised
  • Fundraising plans for the upcoming year
  • Checking in on how each meeting is running since we don’t all attend all of the meetings
  • Ways to make our meetings better attended
  • What is needed from each of us from our Monthly Group Newsletter

If you are having regular Leader Meetings, what are some things that you talk about? How often do you have them? Send me an email and share – I’m always curious to see how other Groups operate!
 

The Area Team is happy to report very positive movement on inclusive language and LLLNY’s diversity statement. Please stay tuned for updates to our website and for opportunities for continuing education. Should you have any specific thoughts on this, the Area Team wants your input as we move forward. Contact the Area Team at LaLecheLeagueofNewYork@gmail.com to share your comments and to volunteer to help.

Leaders in the News
 

DeAnn Shaffner
Oswego, NY
315.243.7757
deeshaffner1206@gmail.com
Accredited Feb. 20, 2018
 

 

Welcome to  LLLNY

Kathryn Thomas
 352.215.5978                 
katiehill@gmail.com
Group affiliation: Liverpool
Accredited Feb. 14, 2018

Coming soon LLL NY new and improved website!

 
Revisiting Mixing Causes
Leader Accreditation and Publications Departments

Mixing Causes
Deb Pladsen, CLA
Adapted by Scarlett Miles, APC from Northern Lights,
LLL of Minnesota/Dakotas, Summer 2014
 
     When Leaders mix causes at LLL meetings, attendees may not get what they came for, which is breastfeeding information and support. Although we are aware of this, we sometimes forget exactly what it means to mix causes. The LLLI policy statement on mixing causes says, in part, “Helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed, so that they can learn mothering through breastfeeding, is the main focus of La Leche League work.” In addition, “The LLL Group is not to be used as a forum for a Leader’s non-LLL interests or to do the work of organizations other than LLL” (LLLI Policies and Standing Rules, Appendix 10).
 
     Sometimes it’s quite easy to avoid the promotion of non-LLL interests, but could you be promoting something without realizing it?  Leaders frequently use media are emails and Facebook. Do you have an automatic signature that gets attached to outgoing emails? It can be a useful tool when responding to helping situations. You may include your full name, contact phone number, email address, meeting information, etc. However, it may also be sending information that could be viewed as mixing causes. Please check your email signature to make sure you aren’t sending mothers links to religious organizations, home businesses, or other sites which are outside the scope of LLL. Some Leaders choose to close with an automatic signature containing an inspirational quote or personal message that is meaningful to them. Check these as well to make sure they aren’t political or religious in nature, nor should they promote something which conflicts with LLL policies. (If you have questions about whether or not something could be viewed as “mixing causes,” please contact your District Advisor (DA) for clarification.) The LLLUSA Social Media Guidelines include this timely guidance: Group participants may see your personal online activity. Consider this before “friending” Group participants. Your current profile picture can be seen on any post or comment you have ever made in some formats. If you utilize forums such as Facebook groups, keep any advocacy or advertisement off your profile picture and your cover photo to avoid mixing causes.
 
     Another place we can easily include things which would be considered mixing causes is when we create conversation prompts or meeting audiovisuals. When we include pictures from other organizations, which may reinforce the subject of the meeting, it may look as if we are endorsing that other organization.  Asking a co-Leader to preview your meeting materials is an easy way to catch anything which might be construed as mixing causes. If you have questions about whether or not something could be viewed as “mixing causes,” please contact your District Advisor (DA) for clarification.

 

LLL Mixing Causes

Finance Department News
by Aimée Readhead, AFC

Your 2018 Leader and Group Dues Invoice will be arriving soon. Watch your inbox!

Group Financial Report (GFR)

Every Group is required to submit a report so I can include the information in the Area Finance Report. Please check with the Group Treasurer or co-Leaders to make sure a report will be submitted for the fiscal year April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. Click on the green link below to reach the GFR. If you require assistance, please get in touch with me, Aimée, FinanceNYLLL@gmail.com or 347.735.3009. Thank you all so much for your prompt support with this! 

CLICK HERE for GFR

PL Department News
Update to Breastfeeding with Influenza by Katie Lewis, APL

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently revised its recommendations regarding breastfeeding and the flu.  This was done in recognition of the importance of immunological factors in a parent’s own milk in protecting babies from getting influenza and to keep their information current.  Here is a link to the CDC website: 

https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/disease/influenza.htm

The major change is that the CDC is no longer encouraging the breastfeeding parent to quarantine herself from the baby in the home if the parent gets the influenza virus. Instead, the CDC recommends that breastfeeding continue as normal. The CDC does point out that, in some cases, a parent’s milk supply may drop due to dropped feedings and dehydration. This article from www.kellymom.com has some good information to help avoid such a decrease in supply.  It can be shared with parents: https://goo.gl/tegjcg

Some parents may feel so ill that breastfeeding seems too taxing.  The above www.kellymom.com link suggests keeping the baby in bed with the parent, which a lot of parents find helpful.  In cases where a parent prefers to pump and have a healthy caregiver give the expressed breastmilk to the baby, the parent should be supported with information about feeding a breastfed baby in a way that protects breastfeeding.  Leaders may find these are helpful links to share: https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/bottles/ https://goo.gl/a5wS5B

Many parents may find the CDC recommendations for cleaning a pump helpful as well: https://goo.gl/Xw53Vf

The CDC does suggest that newly born infants who are still in the hospital should possibly be separated from the breastfeeding parent.  It is not a blanket recommendation, however, and health care providers are encouraged to consider parental wishes.  This may be a source of confusion for parents and Leaders when sharing information. This link from the CDC explains precautions perinatal and postnatal parents and health care providers can take to help prevent the transmission of the influenza virus to a newborn: https://goo.gl/QZm9Cv

Leaders can help parents who are separated from their newborns in the hospital by sharing information about getting their milk production off to a good start with hand expression and pumping.  These articles might be helpful: https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/hand-expressing/ and  https://goo.gl/Nu9EEp

As Leaders, our goal should be to share as much information as possible to help the parent make the best choice for the baby and the situation. 

Works cited:

“Breastfeeding.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Feb. 2018, www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/disease/influenza.htm.

Lyford, Eva. “How to Bottle Feed the Breastfed Baby • KellyMom.com.” KellyMom.com, 8 Feb. 2018, kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/.

Leaders are talking.
 
“Now that the new LLLI website is up,
how do I get into the Leaders only section?”

 
Usernames will continue to be the LLL ID used on the old site.
If Leaders have issues logging in, they can access support
by contacting Hannah Abernethy at hannah@llli.org.
 
“Many of my LLLI links no longer work.
How do I find them on the new website or what do I do?”

While migrating all 5,000+ pages of content from the old site was not practical, we will be happy to retrieve something you reference frequently. Contact Lee Claassen at lee@llli.org to ask for the archived articles you need or
to report broken links.
 
Looking for an article? The old Leader Today site is still up and running.
Eventually, these will move across to the new site under the Leader side with password protection. http://leadertoday.breastfeedingtoday-llli.org
 

Did you catch LLL NY Leader Leigh Anne O’Connor’s piece,  Oversupply: Gift or Curse? Nov. 17, 2017, Breastfeeding Today   http://ow.ly/jstY30iukgc

USA  Helpline Update  
The LLL USA Helpline is set to reopen soon! We are seeking volunteers who will be able to return voicemails on the USA warmline. The warmline has been remodeled to be a quicker and easier form of collecting and returning phone calls to families in need of help. If you are interested, please fill out the Helpline form and you will hear from us shortly!

The LLLNY Area Team

ACL
Area Coordinator of Leaders 
Haley Scribner 
518.755.8713
hmscribner@gmail.com

CLA
Coordinator of Leader Accreditation 
Cynthia Massey 
607.562.7364
CynthiaMassey1118@gmail.com

APC
Area Publications Coordinator 
Scarlett Miles 
315.597.5426
LLLNYPublications@gmail.com

 

AFC
Area Finance Coordinator 
Aimee Readhead
347.735.3009
FinanceNYLLL@gmail.com

APL
Area Professional Liaison 
Katie Lewis 
917.575.3078
LLLNYPLDept@gmail.com

ACE
Area Coordinator of Events
Heather Gansky
518.209.6465
LLLNYACE@gmail.com

CSIC
Communication Skills Instructor Coordinator 
Mary Fay 
518.392.7919
MaryFayconnect@gmail.com​

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La Leche League of New York                            February 2018
e-Blender #49

The Area Leaders Letter

Leader Department News
Haley Scribner, ACL 
 

Let’s do the Numbers! 
I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the Leaders who reported the Groups numbers for July through December. I know that this is not the most fun part of being a Leader, but it is one of the basic Leader responsibilities. I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the amazing District Advisors that meticulously compiled all of the information you sent in and got it to me. I am forever grateful for the work and time that you put into collecting reporting information.  Please take a look at the statistics image to see how AMAZING the Leaders are here in New York! I am so fortunate to be able to work alongside you all! 

Welcome the New District Advisor (DA) for Lower Hudson
Cara Banks has been a Leader with Greenbush La Leche League since August 2016 and is looking forward to serving LLL in a broader capacity as a DA. She has two sweet and energetic daughters, ages 10 months and six years. In her free time, Cara enjoys coaching Track and Field, running, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

DA positions are available!
Have you been thinking you would like to test the water with doing a little more as an LLL Leader? The Area needs a couple more District Advisors (DA). The job is family friendly and takes only a few hours each month. There are great perks too – you get to know more Leaders in the Area; you can talk, text, email or message them.  You get to learn first-hand how other Groups plan meetings, advertise, fundraise, work with Leader Applicants and more all from the comfort of your home.  There’s a vast support network for the DAs too; help is never further than a call or text away. You will be a member of the LLL NY Area Council and meet even more Leaders through online chats and Area Council meetings.  It sounds like fun doesn’t it?   Contact Haley Scribner, ACL today for more info or to volunteer! hmscribner@gmail.com

All new DAs will be getting a $25.00 discount off of their
2018 Conference Registration! Grab this opportunity while it lasts! 

Welcome a new Leader
Cassondra Moriarity
Manhattan West
803.606-2121                  
cassondrajw@gmail.com
Date of accreditation:  01/10/2018
I did it! By Kasandra Hopkins, Leader LLL of Greenbush

 
I did it!  I led my first meeting as a new Leader solo.  I was nervous, especially when the two parents who attended were both expecting their first children.  Luckily, the Series topic for the night was one I was very comfortable with and a perfect one for the conversation with expectant parents considering breastfeeding: Health Advantages of Breastfeeding for Mother and Baby.  I had prepped a poster with visual cues that spurred many questions and discussion that kept the meeting flowing so well that they were closing up our meeting location and I felt like we could have stayed talking. The meeting was a great confidence booster as a new Leader that I really can do what I set out to and help others have a successful nursing journey!

Love from the LAD (Leader Accreditation Department)

Meet Cori Werner, the new ACLA
(Associate Coordinator of Leader Applicants)

I currently live in Queens, NY with my loving husband, Aaron, and two children, Ilana six who started kindergarten this year and Jonah three who is my happy and energetic breastfeeding son. My family just made a big transition when we moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley at the end of January. We are excited and nervous but overall looking forward to this change. I have been a La Leche League Leader since March 2017 and have spent the past year co-Leading in Sunnyside, Queens.  Recently  I had the honor of joining the Leader Accreditation Department (LAD). I was so inspired by working with Cynthia Massey (who worked with me as my ACLA) and Annie Frisbie (my supporting Leader) during the accreditation process that I knew the LAD would eventually be the additional role in LLL I would want to take on. But it was attending the Area Council (AC) meeting in Fishkill, NY this past fall that pushed me into action. Attending the Area Council meeting and seeing firsthand all the incredible work that is being done by Leaders, some for DECADES, really pushed me to want to contribute more to the Area and La Leche League as a whole. I’ve started the New Year by working with my first Leader Applicant and am learning and having fun with this new role. I’m excited to broaden my reach by working with the LAD, and it feels good to be connecting to La Leche League outside of the  Group meeting I was co-Leading. I look forward to working with many of you in my new role. Thank you.

 

Is the LAD for you? by Cynthia Massey, Interim CLA

Has Cori’s enthusiasm inspired you to learn about joining the LAD? I’m always looking for more Leaders to work with Leader Applicants as ACLAs, and am also looking for a Coordinator of Leader Accreditation (CLA). Acceptance of that position comes with free conference registration and help with paying for your hotel room!  Please contact me if you would like to learn more about how you can help LLL of NY, and all of LLL, by joining the LAD.        cynthiamassey1118@gmail.com 

 

Dear LLL USA Leaders,
The LLL USA Helpline is set to open soon! We are seeking volunteers who will be able to return voicemails on the USA warmline. The warmline has been remodeled to be a quicker and easier form of collecting and returning phone calls to families in need of help. If you are interested please fill out the form and you will hear from us shortly! Sincerely, Jacquana Smith Helpline Director 
Click Here to Apply to the Helpline

Publication Posts by Scarlet S. Miles, APC
Did you miss the January 25, 2018, LLLI News? 
In case you did please note:

NEW  LLLI.ORG WEBSITE RELAUNCH
We have been hard at work making changes and adding content to the new LLLI website that will relaunch in February(NEXT WEEK!) Much of the content on the current site is dated and will not be migrating to the new site, so please be sure to download any content you want to be able to access. Please also note that any links to information on the current site will no longer work when the new site is launched.

Planning the Series Meeting
Are you looking for inspiration for the next Series Meeting? Here are a few links to meeting ideas. Take a look at them now and download any from the LLLI website because they will disappear soon!
http://leadertoday.breastfeedingtoday-llli.org/category/series-meetings/ 

http://www.lllalliance.org/leader-information/meeting-ideas/ 
password:4Leaders1956 


http://www.llli.org/leaderpages/ideas/ideas.html?m=0,3,5    
password  use your  LLLID
 
http://www.llli.org/leaderpages/leadershandbook 
password  use your  LLLID 

 

Communications Department, Mary Fay CSIC

Collaborating with your LLL Community
by Helen McCullagh, Communication Skills Instructor (CSI)

Planning LLL meetings with co-Leaders are opportunities for connecting, enrichment, problem-solving and of course planning a meeting or series. The unofficial reason you want to get together for a meeting with your co-Leaders is that they are your first line of support. You are involved with many facets of family life and taking time for tea or lunch with one another, often with your family in tow, can be a wonderful chance to recharge your batteries, share new information, promote continuing education events, and nourish your enthusiasm for helping parents and babies. And remember you are on a journey just like the families you help and can use some encouragement too. Lone Leaders can use the opportunity for planning meetings with the core attendees who may be interested in more than one meeting a month.

It can be a challenge to think of new and catchy meeting topics that could entice attendees or to create meeting props to help engage them at the meeting. This is where resources such as the Leader Handbook and the online LLL Meeting Ideas collection can be useful. Some Groups plan quarterly while others do a whole year at one meeting. No time like the present to start coordinating a gathering for catching up and doing some Group business. When are you getting together with your co-Leaders? 

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Share your breastfeeding photos- individual or group photos are welcome! Have an idea for an article? Or is there something you would like to see in the newsletter? We are in need of articles for future issues. Please send your ideas or article to Scarlett Miles, APC to LLLNYPublications@gmail.com .  Articles selected for publication may be edited for length, clarity, and adherence to LLL publishing guidelines. 

New Year happenings in the Finance Department
by Aimée Readhead, AFC

Raiser’s Edge
The new LLLI database, Raiser’s Edge, is now being used and regularly updated to make sure the Area’s information is current. This is extremely important because LLL Alliance takes a headcount of how many Leader’s there are and uses the count to calculate the Leader dues amount for the coming year. If you or a co-Leader are retired or planning to retire, please remember to let Haley or someone on the Area Team know so that we can update the database.

$$NOTICE$$
The  LLLNY Area website does not contain current financial information. While we work on updating the website, please keep an eye on your email for the most up-to-date finance forms and feel free to contact Aimee with any questions about which forms to use. 
 

Group Financial Reports

The Area Finance Report is due April 1st, 2018. Please, can you help me submit this by completing a Group Finance Report (GFR) as soon as possible? Every Group is required to submit a report so I can include the information in the Area Finance Report. Please chat with the Group Treasurer or co-Leaders to make sure a report will be submitted for the fiscal year April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. Click on the green link below to reach the GFR.If you require assistance, please get in touch with me, Aimée, FinanceNYLLL@gmail.com or 347.735.3009. Thank you all so much for your prompt support with this! 
Keep an eye out in your email for your 2018 Leader and Group Dues Invoice. I’m looking forward to hearing from everyone about how things are going this year. Please chat with your co-Leaders or Group treasurer if you have any questions or require assistance with any of these pieces of work. Thank you!

Click here for GFR

PL Department News
Breastfeeding with Influenza by Katie Lewis APL
 

The CDC currently recommends that parents who test positive for the influenza virus should be separated from their infants. They are encouraging parents to pump and have a healthy person bottle feed the baby until the breastfeeding parent has been fever free for 24 hours and has been on anti-viral medication for 48 hours. There may be some parents who wish to follow these recommendations, and as Leaders, we can support them with information about pumping and feeding expressed breast milk in a way that is compatible with breastfeeding. This article is one that Leaders can share with parents about paced bottle feeding: 
http://breastfeedingtoday-llli.org/bottle-feeding-a-breastfed-baby/ 
However, many well-respected breastfeeding organizations disagree that babies should be separated from a breastfeeding parent with influenza.  The following is copied from the InfantRisk app. As Leaders, we have permission from the author to copy it and share it with parents. Leaders may want to make a few copies of it to have at meetings. If parents become ill they may share the information with their pediatricians.
“Influenza is characterized by moderate to high degree fever, chills, rigors, malaise, myalgia and is associated with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as a cough, nasal congestion, and rhinitis. The protective benefits of breast milk in fighting respiratory illnesses in the infant has been well established. Therefore, infants with influenza illness are encouraged to breastfeed. Given its potential benefits and since no established data on the transfer of the influenza virus into breast milk exists, mothers with influenza are encouraged to continue breastfeeding. It should be noted that exposure of the infant to maternal illness is inevitable since the mother is contagious 24 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. Lactating women with influenza can be safely treated with either oseltamivir or zanamivir since both are compatible with breastfeeding. The infant should be closely monitored for any signs of respiratory illness and be treated accordingly. Influenza is spread by coughing and sneezing; therefore, covering the mouth and nose and good handwashing can prevent the spread of the virus.  For more information, contact the InfantRisk Center at (806)352-2519.”
 
There is also a media release from LLLI dated January 20, 2018, LLLI Encourages Continuing to Nurse Your Baby Through the Flu. You should have received it in an email- a copy is available here 
https://goo.gl/NRCvfc.  Finally, this article by Jack Newman is worth a read:  https://ibconline.ca/maternal-illness1/

LLL NY Area Conference
October 27 & 28, 2018
Syracuse, NY

Heather Gansky, Area Coordinator of Education (ACE)
There are a few positions still open on the Area Conference Committee. Anyone helping with a conference job and who speaks gets $10.00 off registration. If one of these positions fits you contact Heather Gansky, Area Coordinator of Education (ACE) to volunteer or get more information.
Positions open
1. Various smaller jobs for registration.
Media creator: name tag and creation of each person’s itinerary for the day (which sessions they signed up for, meal designation, etc.); signs for various areas (children’s room, raffle area name to be determined, vendor/exhibitor area, conference rooms and their topic designation.
2. Outreach/ advertising- Reaching out to the community to spread the word about the event. Lactation professionals, midwife offices, doula services, pediatric offices, daycares are just a few places to think about.
3. Program creation- includes all ads purchased by various companies for advertising; registration folder insert materials. This will be passed along to the person in charge of registration.

Looking for Leaders to present on the following topics:
1. Nutrition: Nutritional meal planning and prep for families on the go; preparing meals on the weekends for the rest of the week; Nutrition for the working family; anything else nutrition-related that can be geared toward today’s on the go families or who don’t have a lot of time to plan and prepare.
2. Partner involvement: Parenting without feeding; Bonding without feeding; Etc. Basically partner involvement besides needing to feed the baby. This could include care of a nursing parent, etc.

Advertising and Exhibiting at the Conference
We are currently looking to fill our program booklet and registration folders with ads. If you are interested in advertising, please contact Cara Banks Coachmamabanks@gmail.com. Leaders interested in being a vendor or exhibitor, please contact Cara Banks at the below email. Cara can answer questions and send you an application. If you know anyone who may be interested in either placing an ad or becoming a vendor or exhibitor, please have them contact Cara Banks with any questions and also for an application. 

The LLLNY Area Team

ACL
Area Coordinator of Leaders 
Haley Scribner 
518.755.8713
hmscribner@gmail.com

CLA
Coordinator of Leader Accreditation 
Cynthia Massey 
607.562.7364
CynthiaMassey1118@gmail.com

APC
Area Publications Coordinator 
Scarlett Miles 
315.597.5426

LLLNYPublications@gmail.com
 

AFC
Area Finance Coordinator 
Aimee Readhead
347.735.3009
FinanceNYLLL@gmail.com

APL
Area Professional Liaison 
Katie Lewis 
917.575.3078
LLLNYPLDept@gmail.com

ACE
Area Coordinator of Events
Heather Gansky
518.209.6465
LLLNYACE@gmail.com

CSIC
Communication Skills Instructor Coordinator 
Mary Fay 
518.392.7919
MaryFayconnect@gmail.com

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e-Blender #47: November 2017



La Leche League of New York                                  November 2017
e-Blender #47

HeLLLo NY Leaders! 
Haley Scribner, Area Coordinator of Leaders (ACL)
   

   At the Area Council meeting, I experienced a wonderful sense of connection as I always do from LLL events. I leave feeling rejuvenated and excited to accomplish more. 

   Thank you so much to those of you that were able to make it to the Area Council Meeting. If you weren’t able to make it, no worries! The LLL NY Area Team is actively working on options for an Area Conference for 2018 – and stay tuned because we have almost narrowed down a location! 
   
   A few things discussed at the meeting were:

  • LLLI cost sharing,
  • Ways to encourage Leaders to take on AC roles (we are in need of three Leaders to step up and become DAs!), 
  • Ways to include diversity and the EA more,
  • How to get the website to be a hub for Leaders,
  • Many conference session options and
  • Each department had a chance to meet and discuss things happening within their departments. 

   If you have any questions or want to further discuss any of the above topics, please reach out! 

   Again, we are in need of THREE District Advisors. The roles are small and VERY mother sized! 
 
Thank you all so much for all that you do! 

And you don’t have to be
wonder woman!
LLL of NY has three District Advisor positions to fill. 

What does the DA do? DA’s are Leaders just like you. They are another ear to hear your joys and concerns about any topic- breastfeeding, leading meetings, parenting, outreach, memberships, communications skills, and finance, growing the Group and lots more.  LLL is a peer-to-peer support group. DA’s are your peers you can turn to by phone, text, email or in person.  The District Advisor job is a great place to begin exploring other ways you can help mothers and babies.  And of course, there’s a support group for DAs. Every level of LLL is supported by experienced Leaders who know where to get answers, just like you do!  Consider becoming a DA today! Contact Haley Scribner ACL for more info 518.755.8713.
 

Mothering Multiples
At the Area Council meeting we discussed informally mothering multiples.
Do you have questions about multiples?
Kate Sharp is the go-to Leader for questions about breastfeeding multiples in LLLNY. You can reach her at 212-595-1627
katesharpibclc@gmail.com
And Sarah Shapiro, a Leader with the Chatham Spencertown Group,
shared her recently published book, Tandem Nursing, a Pocket Guide
with us at the Area Council meeting.

 

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Please  welcome  the newest Leader in LLL of NY

Sarit Kaplan
saritkaplan1@gmail.com
347.243.0402
LLL of Madison/Marine County

 

Investing in Leader Applicants – Spread the LLLove around the worLLLd
Aimée Readhead, Area Finance Coordinator (AFC)
 
   Investing in future Leader Applicants and those who are working through their Leader Applicant work can be so rewarding and fruitful for all involved. There’s a sweet moment when you see the potential in another person who could become a La Leche League Leader. You may reach out and plant a seed by highlighting the person’s skills and share more about what LLL leadership entails.
 
   Once you have both discussed the pre-application information and everyone feels 
ready to progress, there’s something so exciting about sending off the Application form, Leader Recommendation form, and Leader Applicant fee.
 
   Then the fun begins as the Applicant starts chipping away at the various pieces of the application for leadership. Time goes by, and somehow you are both amazed that you feel ready to go through that last Preview situation! How did you manage to get through it all?
 
   When sometimes it seems impossible to have a whole conversation or think a complete thought with all that is going on in a full, busy life, completing all of the application work is a huge accomplishment! It’s so exciting to hear from the Leader Accreditation Department that everything is completed and then, hurray, there is a new Leader in town! What a joy and how wonderful for the Group! There’s an exciting period as the realization crystallizes that you really do have a co-Leader who can now help manage and grow the Group.
 
   Perfect…. And then maybe the new Leader has to move away for a new family adventure. SIGH! While this may feel heavy, take heart. The world is as big or as small as we choose to make it. Thankfully, La Leche League is a truly international organization. Think of this newly accredited Leader as a gift for the new community. If the new location is in a larger city or town, there’s bound to be an active Group, or the potential to start one. Process your own disappointment by allowing your DA and Area co-Leaders to commiserate with you. You probably became quite close to your new co-Leader through the application time. Stay positive; the two of you will perhaps stay in touch, your children might become pen pals, you now may have an open invitation to visit a new place, you may be able to support each other from afar, and, perhaps, one day you will get the opportunity to co-lead together in another Area or country! And be hopeful; perhaps another LLL Group from around the world will send you the gift of a Leader one day!
 

 

Leading, Loving, Learning
Heather Gansky, Area Coordinator of Events (ACE)
WHO Code Webinars

The Helen Keller International’s Assessment & Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) webinar series on the WHO Code is available.
The series of three, one-hour webinars is informative, concise, and presented by international experts on the Code and can be viewed free-of-charge at your leisure here: http://archnutrition.org/who-code-webinars/
Helen Keller International is part of the Network for Global Monitoring and Support for Implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions (NetCode).

Area Council Notes
Scarlett S. Miles, Area Publications Coordinator (APC)

   During the Area Council meeting, we spent a significant amount of time discussing diversity and equity. We considered speakers and topics for upcoming educational events and began the conversation about how the Area can meet the challenge of integrating new equitable language and practices within the existing LLL of NY framework. One of the first steps will be to educate ourselves on diversity and equity. And a good starting point will be to look at our language and vocabulary to see where we can be more inclusive. In some cases changing what we say will be easy, e.g., going from saying spouse to saying, partner. In other cases, it will be more difficult. One thing we can do is explore the new more inclusive vocabulary.  Watch for more information on vocabulary coming in the e-Blender and on the LLL NY website. 

 

The LLLI Board of Directors commissioned the Inclusive Language Work Group (ILWG) “To remove linguistic barriers to inclusivity while upholding the ideals and principles which are the foundation of LLLI beliefs.” The ILWG and the LLLI Board of Directors unanimously approved the following statement that will be displayed on the LLLI homepage:

-We at La Leche League International have all nursed our babies. If you want to do the same, whoever you are, whatever your story is, we’re here to help.
-LLLI is committed to serving everyone inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, political views, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, or other protected status.
-LLLI seeks the equitable accreditation of a diverse body of Leaders.

 

La Leche League USA (LLL USA) is committed to diversity and inclusion. LLL USA supports all breastfeeding, chest feeding, 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 USA fosters diversity among its Leaders so as to incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and responsible decision-making.

Tandem Nursing  Sarah Shapiro
As the mother of three nurslings, a Leader, and an IBCLC, my aim is to convey practical experience, evidence-based information, and a sense of wonder: Tandem nursing can be a remarkable journey. For many of us who have had the awe-inspiring privilege of nurturing two siblings at our breasts, it has been an extraordinary experience. There is nothing quite like the peace of two small beings nestled together, drinking or dozing in quiet companionship. Sometimes there may be small elbows digging into even smaller cheeks, and toes poking noses, but the memory of a dozen of these raucous moments is quickly erased by the timeless sight of two small hands quietly clasped amidst the rhythmic sounds of gulping, followed by the satiated slumber of completely relaxed children.
 
As a Leader, you may hear from families wondering about tandem nursing… the new book Tandem Nursing, a Pocket Guide can help answer many common questions, such as:

  • Can I nurse during pregnancy?
  • Is tandem nursing safe?
  • How can I deal with nursing aversions?
  • How do I manage the competing needs of a newborn and sibling?
  • How do I fit two babies on the breast?
  • What about bedtime?

Tandem Nursing: A Pocket Guide is a concise introduction written for families. If you need a tandem resource for the Group library, or if you just want to learn more as a Leader to help you support tandeming families, this book can help. The book is available through the TandemNursing.weebly.com website in electronic or hard copy versions, and the print book is also available on Amazon.

LLL OF NY wants to make sure we are reaching you where your’re at! To do this, we need you to tell us how to reach you best! Just click here and complete the form.

Share your breastfeeding photos- individual or group photos are wecome! Have an idea for an article? Or is there something you would like to see in the newsletter? We are in need of articles for future issues. Please send your ideas or article to Scarlett Miles, APC
 
1872 State Rt 21, Palmyra, NY 14522  or email to LLLNYPublications@gmail.com   
Articles selected for publication may be edited for length, clarity, and adherence to LLL publishing guidelines.

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. BLENDER and e-BLENDER are publications of La Leche League of New York, 125 Curtis Hill Rd E., Nassau, NY 12062 and are devoted to the enrichment and inspiration of Leaders and Leader Applicants.

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e-Blender #46: October 2017



e-Blender                          October 2017
La Leche League of New York

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October is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month  

Katie Lewis,
Area Professional Liaison (APL)

As Leaders, we get many questions from parents about changes they experience in their breasts. Of course, we always encourage parents to discuss any concerns they have with their healthcare providers. We can remind parents of how biologically appropriate and good for their bodies breastfeeding is.  
 
The health benefits we give our children are reason enough to breastfeed, but the health benefits for us are significant as well. Research has shown us that breastfeeding reduces risk factors for three of the most serious diseases for women – female cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis-without any significant health risks. Breastfeeding has been shown to be protective against breast and ovarian cancer for baby girls that are breastfed. 
 
Despite the benefits of breastfeeding in reducing cancer risks, we should be aware of signs that something isn’t quite right when a parent describes certain breast changes and how to help parents talk to their doctor’s to get appropriate diagnostic tests. Jayne Charlamb’s information on mammography and her Breast Cancer checklist provide accurate, up-to-date information we can share with others.

Breast Cancer Checklist

Jayne R. Charlamb,

MD, FACP, IBCLC
Associate Area Professional Liaison, (AAPL) LLL NY
Associate Professor of OBGYN, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Breast Health and Breastfeeding Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University

As LLL Leaders we sometimes get questions from mothers about changes in their breasts that concern them.  Most of the time these changes will turn out to be benign, easily treatable conditions.  However, sometimes they can be signs of breast cancer.  Whatever we think the cause might be, we should encourage mothers to see their health care providers to rule out serious conditions.  It is, however, helpful to know what some red flags of breast cancer are:
1. LUMP OR THICKENING – A persistent lump or thickening that can be located in the breast, underarm, or near the clavicle.
2. NIPPLE CHANGES – This can be a new nipple inversion or change. It can also be an unexplained persistent rash or crusting, especially if it is unilateral.
3. SKIN CHANGES – This can show up as new skin dimpling or puckering.  It can also be unexplained bruising, darkening, swelling, or redness.  Sometimes it looks like “peau d’orange” or dimpled skin that looks like the skin of an orange.
4. UNUSUAL MASTITIS – A mother who describes recurrent bouts of what she thinks is mastitis in the same place on her breast or symptoms of mastitis that don’t resolve as expected after treatment. Sometimes painless mastitis can be a red flag as well. 
5. UNEXPLAINED SHRINKING OR SWELLING ON ONE SIDE 
6. UNEXPLAINED BLOOD IN MILK 
7. BABY SUDDENLY REFUSING ONE BREAST
8. UNEXPLAINED BURNING OR ACHING SENSA
TION 
9. MOTHER IS CONCERNED  

Mammography and Sonography in Breastfeeding Women
 
Jayne R. Charlamb, MD, FACP, IBCLC
Associate Area Professional Liaison, (AAPL) LLL NY
Associate Professor of OBGYN, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Breast Health and Breastfeeding Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University
 
Both mammography and sonography (ultrasound) of the breast can be performed safely while a woman is lactating. There is absolutely no reason for a breastfeeding mother to wean in order to undergo these studies whether they are performed for screening purposes or as part of a diagnostic evaluation of a suspected problem.
 
Neither a mammogram (which uses xray technology) nor an ultrasound (which uses sound wave technology) will affect the quality or the quantity (volume) of a mother’s milk. It is perfectly safe for a lactating woman to undergo mammography and/or sonography and then nurse her baby immediately afterward.
 
However, lactation can make it more difficult to interpret the images obtained with both mammography and sonography of the breast. Therefore, before deciding how to proceed, a breastfeeding mother and her physician should discuss the following:
 
1) Can and should the imaging be delayed until the mother is no longer breastfeeding?
 
Imaging performed as part of a diagnostic workup (for a palpable mass, for example) should never be delayed because a woman is breastfeeding! Likewise, a mother should never be advised to wean in order to undergo diagnostic imaging of a breast problem. Quite notably, it can often take weeks to months for lactating tissue to revert back to the “normal” appearance of non-lactating breast tissue on imaging. It would be potentially dangerous and inappropriate to delay a diagnostic evaluation for that time period.
 
Often, though, mammograms and sonograms are used in healthy women to screen for breast cancer when there are presently no breast symptoms or problems. These are called “screening studies” (in contrast to “diagnostic studies” which are performed to evaluate a specific symptom or problem).
 
In cases in which a screening study is recommended, a woman should talk to her doctor about the pros and cons of undergoing breast screening imaging while she is lactating. Depending on her own personal underlying risk of breast cancer, and depending on her own thoughts about the benefits of screening compared to the risks of screening (such as false alarms and “overdiagnosis” of disease), a breastfeeding mother may choose to delay breast cancer screening imaging for some period of time. It should be noted that the breast tissue of a woman early on in lactation may be denser than later in lactation when a child typically nurses less frequently. Therefore, image quality may be better later on in lactation than during the early months of breastfeeding. This should also be considered when planning the timing of screening imaging. The decision of when to start breast screening imaging should be made after careful consideration and discussion with a physician who is well-versed in breast cancer risk assessment and screening.
 
2)  Who will be interpreting the breast images?
 
It may be helpful for a breastfeeding woman to have a mammogram or breast sonogram performed at a breast imaging center that uses dedicated breast radiologists (rather than radiologists who do not focus on breast imaging and who therefore have less experience interpreting breast images). A dedicated breast radiologist will be more likely to have a comfort level and expertise in interpreting images of a lactating breast.
 
3) How can the quality of the mammogram and breast sonogram be maximized?
 
A lactating mother should attempt to have her breasts as “empty” as possible during breast imaging. She might bring her breast pump or her nursing child (and another responsible adult who can care for the child during the imaging study) with her to her imaging appointment. She can then remove as much milk as possible (through nursing, pumping, or hand expression) immediately before the breast imaging studies are performed. It is usually helpful for a breastfeeding mother to contact the imaging center in advance of the scheduled study in order to arrange a time and place for pumping or nursing before the imaging is performed. If such arrangements are not possible, she may be able to come up with a “creative” solution such as pumping or nursing in her car before going into the imaging center.
 
Additionally, a lactating mother who will be having a mammogram should discuss the possibility of using breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) rather than traditional mammogram technology for her imaging.  Tomosynthesis is better able to “see through” the dense breast tissue that is often present in lactating women. It can improve the ability to detect disease in the breast and may also decrease the likelihood of the “false alarms” which can lead to unnecessary procedures and unnecessary concern.
 

Cynthia Massey, Interim Coordinator Of Leader Accreditation
The Leader Accreditation Department (LAD) has recently published a new document for Leaders to facilitate dialogue with potential Leader Applicants who experienced separation from their babies or children in the first three years. This new document, “Pre-Application Dialogue about Separation Experiences,” will help Leaders gather information and fill out the Leader Recommendation form in a way that will aid the LAD when considering a new application for activation. This document replaces “Discussions About Mother-Baby Togetherness.”
 
The document is available at http://www.lllny.org/leader-accreditation.htm. Access to the password-protected Leader pages is breastfeeding.

Pre-Application Dialogue about Separation Experiences password:breastfeeding

What’s happening in the Finance Department

Aimée Readhead, Area Finance Coordinator
 

Aimee and Theresa are looking forward to attending the Area Council meeting in October. This will be a wonderful way for all Leaders to connect and share ideas about the coming year. It would be great to see you there!
 
Payments from all Leaders and Groups for this year’s dues are almost completed. A huge thank you to everyone who has already paid Leader and Group dues. There are a small handful of Leaders still to pay or make contact with the Area Team. Please check in with your co-Leaders to see if they have paid or need help.
 
Please note that Aimee’s address is: Aimee Readhead, AFC, 6923 W Laredo Street, Chandler, Arizona 85226 USA.
 
Do you know anyone you would like to recommend for the Finance Department? Yourself, perhaps? LLL Alliance has several openings. These sorts of jobs are small and a great way to support and learn more about LLL.
 
Retiring??
Are you or one of your co-Leaders planning to retire from leadership?
Please let Haley Scribner, hmscribner@gmail.com or 518-755-8713, know as soon as possible so that we can update our databases.  
 
Fundraising Fantasies: A few more ideas.
 
Thanks to some questions and feedback about the article, “Fundraising Fantasies,” in the e-Blender, August 2017, here are some additional ideas to share with you.
 
Home visits are always free and can be done by any Leader who feels comfortable providing this service. If a family asks you how it can show its gratitude, this could be the time a Leader might mention that it costs money to run a La Leche League Group, and that monetary donations are always very welcome following a visit.
 
Remember that memberships, monetary donations to the Group, and sales are great ways to make and retain money. In La Leche League of New York, Area Groups are asked to share ten percent of profits from any direct fundraising with the Area.   

If you have any ideas, comments, or questions about fundraising activities, please feel free to contact Aimee, AFC, at aimee.lll.ny@gmail.com or 347 735 3009 (text, call, and voicemail).

Leader Department NEWS
Haley Scribner,
Area Coordinator of Leaders (ACL)

Questions We’re Asking 
Q: I need proof of the Group Liability Insurance.How do I go about getting it? 
A: To process insurance requests, please send the ACL, Haley Scribner, the following information: 

  • Name of Group
  • Type of event (Series Meeting, conference, WBWC, etc.)
  • Date – either standard meeting date (e.g., the third Thursday of the month) or specific event date
  • Name and complete address of event location
  • Leader contact and email address

All Insurance requests get sent to LLL USA.  Please be advised that it can take up to two weeks for requests to get back to you.


Say a warm farewell to retiring Leaders
Laura Nacheman
Morgana Elasky 
 

Hello Leaders! 
Due to security reasons, the Area Team would prefer not to have Leader Lists with all of your personal information on the LLL NY website, even under password protection. While we are always available to give information when needed, we recognize that you may wish to have a hard copy of a Leader Directory.  If you are interested in receiving a hard copy Leader Directory, please email Haley, ACL, at hmscribner@gmail or Scarlett Miles, APC, at LLLNYpublications@gmail.com with your request and mailing address. 

Connections
The Area Team has purchased a Blue Jeans license instead of renewing with WebEx for online video meetings. We believe that this change is valuable for many reasons. The main reason is that we can have many more users online together and we can now offer this tool to Leaders. If you would like to use it, please email Haley Scribner, ACL, at hmscribner@gmail.com.

A few ideas for using Blue Jeans:
·Leader meetings
·Group Meeting preparation
·MEF (Monthly Evaluation Form)
·Getting in touch with your DA
·Working with Leader Applicants
·Online meetings

Leading, Loving, Learning
Heather Gansky, Area Coordinator of Events (ACE)
Recently updated articles coming from The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: 
http://online.liebertpub.com/…/p…/10.1089/bfm.2017.29047.aje
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/bfm.2017.0025
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/bfm.2016.0154
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/bfm.2017.0063
 
http://maternalmentalhealthnow.org/index.php/diversity-webinar-series

Share your breastfeeding photos- individual or group photos are wecome! Have an idea for an article? Or is there something you would like to see in the newsletter? We are in need of articles for future issues. Please send your ideas or article to Scarlett Miles, APC
 
1872 State Rt 21, Palmyra, NY 14522  or email to LLLNYPublications@gmail.com   Articles selected for publication may be edited for length, clarity, and adherence to LLL publishing guidelines.

Copyright © 2017 LLL NY, All rights reserved.

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. BLENDER and e-BLENDER are publications of La Leche League of New York, 125 Curtis Hill Rd E, Nassau, NY 12062 and are devoted to the enrichment and inspiration of Leaders and Leader Applicants.

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e-Blender #45: September 2017



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September 2017 

e-Blender  

La Leche League of New York



 

Cynthia Massey,
Interim Coordinator of Leader Applicants (CLA) 

 
Dear Leaders,
 
The LLL Alliance Leader Accreditation Department (LAD) has issued a statement confirming our continued focus on working with Leader Applicants and accrediting them as LLL Leaders in a consistent manner by respecting LLLI policies and the Standing Rules Notebook (LLLI PSR), set by the LLLI Board of Directors.

 The PSR significantly guides the LAD’s work; and very important to this work are the words of the LLLI Board that, “La Leche League is a worldwide, educational, nonsectarian, non-discriminatory service organization.” (From LLLI Criteria for Leader Accreditation, Appendix 18, LLLI PSR)

The orientation work each LAD representative undergoes, plus the ongoing support received by each representative, reinforces the expectations that all LAD representatives understand and are willing to support Applicants who have met the Prerequisites to Applying for Leadership and accredit Leaders who have fulfilled the Criteria for Leader Accreditation without criticism, prejudice, or discrimination.

Should you have any questions or concerns relating to this statement, please contact your local CLA, Cynthia Massey, Interim CLA cynthiamassey1118@gmail.com or the Administrator of Leader Accreditation (ALA) for LLL Alliance, Karin Ali, at karinali0407@gmail.com.
 

2018 Area Conference – Haley Scribner, ACL

I hope that you have all been thinking about your plans for 2018 since our Retreat last fall. Our new Area Events Coordinator (ACE), Heather, and I have been talking quite a bit about conference plans We have had such wonderful feedback from many of you about 2018 Conference planning, but we’d love to hear from everyone if possible! If you haven’t yet had a chance to answer some questions about a 2018 Conference,
please take a moment to do so here:
https://goo.gl/forms/7ecA69tyvblQokIx2
 
We want to make sure that ALL LLL of NY Leaders and Leader Applicants have a chance to give their opinions and ideas on our next event.

Using Canva
Haley Scribner, ACL

Do you make graphics to share your meetings? If not, you absolutely could! I’ve been using Canva for over a year to make info graphics, meeting announcements, event flyers/posters, and graphics for social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and have even used it to make various things for my children.

 It’s a user-friendly way to make your Group stand out. You simply choose a design that you like and then you can lay text, pictures, or whatever you want right over it.

I’m super excited to tell you all that the Area has purchased an account with Canva because we were using it so often and in so many departments. With our purchase, we’re able to have multiple users; so if you think that you/your Group would benefit from using it, please let us know, and we can get you access to the account! Canva also has free accounts, so try it out!

Click here to check it out!

Leading, Loving, Learning by Heather Gansky, Area Coordinator of Events (ACE)
Each month we will include a Leader Learning Lounge with education opportunities for all Leaders.  Whether you are looking to stay up-to-date with current breastfeeding and parenting information or perhaps brush up on some information you once knew but have forgotten the specifics on, this section may have something for you.  Included will be links to online webinars, state conferences, and scientific-based studies to support breastfeeding and all breastfeeding related topics.  Please e-mail Heather Gansky at heathergansky@gmail.com for suggestions on items to include each month. 

Questions we’re asking by Katie Lewis, APL 
 

Q:  A parent asked if I had a scale at my meeting so that she could do a test weigh of her baby.  I am an IBCLC as well as a Leader, so I do have a scale.  I am worried that it is inappropriate to bring my scale to the meeting. What do I do?

A:  According to Dawn Burke, PLDA and Cindy Garrison, APLDA of the Professional Liaison Department, having a scale at a meeting and doing test weighs goes beyond the scope of a Leader, which is the role the Leader has at an LLL meeting, even if she is an IBCLC.

The underlying question is, what does the parent expect to gain from weighing her baby? Has there been an issue with weight gain? If so, she should be working closely with the baby’s health care professional. If she is just worried, as many new parents can be,then discussion during the meeting of signs that the baby is getting enough milk may help her trust her body and her baby more.

An update from the Finance Department

Aimée Readhead, AFC  
 

My family is currently relocating to Arizona for Ben’s, (my husband), job. I am so happy that I can continue to fulfill my term and responsibilities as Area Finance Coordinator for New York. I will continue to be a primary Leader in the New York Area. I plan to be at the Area Council Meeting in October in New York, and hope to see many of you there. If you need to send me anything, the address in Arizona that will be listed on our website will make its way to me! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to call, text, or leave a voice message at 347.735. 3009 or e-mail me at aimee.lll.ny@gmail.com.

The LLL of NY Website Upcoming Redesign  
Ava Zurita, Area Online Coordinator (AOC)
The Area website is kept up to date with documents and guides to help Leaders access information as they need it. If you are looking for a piece of information related to LLL, try checking under the “Leaders” drop-down menus section of the website. The password for the Leaders’ area is “breastfeeding” (without quotes).
Please note recent changes or additions made to the website:
  • The Area Council directory is back up (“Guides & Publications”)
  • A list of useful LLL Leader Facebook groups are linked (“Guides & Publications”)
  • The contact information for mailing checks to the Finance Department is updated (“Finance Department”)
  • Monthly Group Evaluation documents are all listed for each District (“Leader Department”)
  • Current issues of the LLL of NY newsletter, e-Blender, will be posted on the website as soon as the ALL is published.
By the end, of this year you can expect to see a major redesign of the LLL of NY website. Part of the reason for this is that the format behind the scenes is no longer keeping up with the design capabilities provided by Weebly (the host site). Since a redesign is needed, I think this is a good opportunity to make additional changes, such as:
  • Update language used throughout the site to reflect LLLI policy of being a worldwide, educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory service organization
  • Update Leader pages to show more clearly what role each department plays in the Area and how the departments and Area positions work together
  • Showcase specific ways that Leaders across New York can become involved in the Area, whether on specific projects or long-term commitments
  • Make some smaller formatting changes that will make the site easier to navigate
  • Roll out new guidelines:  1) A guide to assist Leaders with frequently asked questions regarding online communication, and 2) A visual outline of the Area departments
The Area wants the website to work for you, so feedback is always appreciated! If you are interested in helping with the website updates, pictures, or graphics, please let me know. The more hands we have, the better it can be! The best way to reach me is via e-mail at info@lllny.org.

Aimée Readhead, AFC
Are your Leader & Group dues paid?
Did you submit your
Group Financial Report? 
Contact Aimée or Haley for assistance.

EXTENDED DEADLINE! 
Haley Scribner, ACL
I know how hectic life can be at the beginning of the school year, so I have extended the registration date for the Area Council Meeting this fall. If you are on Area Council, have an interest in joining Area Council, or are interested in helping formulate plans for 2018 (includes Area Conference planning!) we would love to have you! 

Click here for AC Information and registration.

Please welcome LLLNY’s newest Leader
Michelle Kudyba
Manhattan West

941.400.8137
medme27@yahoo.com
Date of Accreditation:  8/15/2017

Say a warm farewell to
Jeanine Hensel
Ruth Sharma
Tova Otis
Wendy Wisner

LLLNY.org password: breastfeeding

Leader to Leader
Send your stories and photos. Leaders with Leaders, Leaders with families and babies, nursing, playing, working, we’ll share them!
 

The Area Team:
ACL

Area Coordinator of Leaders 
Haley Scribner 
518.755.8713
hmscribner@
gmail.com

AFC
Area Finance Coordinator 
Aimee Readhead
347.735.3009
aimee.LLL.ny@
gmail.com

CLA
Coordinator of Leader Accreditation 
Cynthia Massey 
607.562.7364
cynthiamassey1118@gmail.com

CSIC
Communication Skills Instructor Coordinator 
Mary Fay 
518.392.7919
maryfayconnect@gmail.com

APC
Area Publications Coordinator 
Scarlett Miles
315.597.5426
miles.scarlett@
gmail.com

APL
Area Professional Liaison 
Katie Lewis
917.575.3078
katieburtonlewis@gmail.com

ACE
Area Coordinator of Events
Heather Gansky
518.209.6465
heathergansky@gmail.com

A big round of applause to the 41 LLL Groups that have paid their 2017 Leader and Group Dues.If your Group isn’t here, check in with Aimée, AFC, to find
out why.

 Amherst
 Baldwin-Freeport
 Bronx Riverdale
 Brooklyn-Bay Ridge Dyker Heights
 Brooklyn-Park Slope
Canal Towns
Canton/Potsdam
Central Westchester
Chatham Spencertown
Chemung Valley
Cortland
Floral Park
Glens Falls
Greater Binghamton
Greenbush
Hamburg
Hamilton
Katonah
Lake Ronkonkoma
Liverpool
Manhasset
Manhattan East
Manhattan West
Nassau County
New Paltz
New York
Niagara Falls
Northern Duchess
Ontario County
Otsego County
Pelham
Queens Central
Queens West
Rivertowns
Rochester North
Rochester South
Rochester SE
Rochester West
Seaford
South East Suffolk
Southern Dutchess

Send your MGE (Monthly Group Evaluation)  in every month  easily using the Reporting Links.

District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4
District 5
District 6

Photo Credits
Artistic 
Heather Brennan LLL Ontario
Clay mamas
 LLL Isle of Man
Picnic
Li-Lo-La  LLLUSA
Marian Thompson
LLL Manhattan

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. BLENDER and e-BLENDER are publications of La Leche League of New York, 125 Curtis Hill Rd E, Nassau, NY 12062 and are devoted to the enrichment and inspiration of Leaders and Leader Applicants.

We are in need of articles for future issues. If you have a story or topic you would like to share or write about, please send your idea or article to Scarlett Miles, 1872 State Rt 21, Palmyra, NY 14522  or email to miles.scarlett@gmail.com  Articles selected for publication may be edited for length, clarity, and adherence to LLL publishing guidelines.



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