La Leche League of ME/NH


Connecting Families in Changing Tides
Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference
Saturday, November 3, 2018, Wells, Maine

La Leche League of Maine/New Hampshire invites you to the annual breastfeeding and parenting conference, where you will find enrichment, inspiration, support, and encouragement for parents at all stages. Professional development sessions are also offered for LLL Leaders and lactation consultants. Bring the whole family—spouses, partners, and caregivers may register, too, and there are special activities for children.


Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Village by the Sea Conference Center 
1373 Post Road
Wells, ME 04090

For detailed directions, see the Village by the Sea website.

Approximate distance: 
from Boston, MA - 85 miles 
from Portsmouth, NH - 25 miles
from Portland, ME - 35 miles 
from Concord, NH - 66 miles

Village by the Sea is a two-story facility with no elevator. We will provide a location on the first floor to park strollers.  The second-floor sessions are accessible only by stairs and an electric stairlift. You may wish to bring a baby carrier for ease of movement. The LLL of ME/NH Conference is non-smoking and vape-free. 

LLL of Maine/New Hampshire
207-350-9998 or 207-607-2386


Condominiums at Village by the Sea for November 2 and 3 are available at a special group rate through October 4. One-bedroom half-suites are $149 ($162.41 with lodging tax), and two-bedroom suites are $169 ($182.41 with lodging tax). Call 1-800-444-8862 and refer to source code “Le Leche League” to ensure the discounted rate. After October 4, higher rates will apply. 

Village by the Sea will provide water, coffee, tea, and light snacks. We encourage all attendees to bring a refillable water bottle; to promote sustainability, we will not be handing out water in plastic bottles this year.  

Village by the Sea offers a plated lunch to attendees. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. See the registration form for meal choices.  All lunches must be ordered by October 22. Attendees may bring their own lunches and snacks if they choose. Water and lemonade will be provided for all at lunch.

Children and babies are welcome at this  conference, but LLL of ME/NH does not provide childcare. To ensure the security of your children, please supervise them at all times. Caregivers must be of an appropriate age. A children’s play area and a quiet rest area will be provided.

In addition to the play area, which is available all day, four structured activities for children will be offered. There is no need to sign up ahead, and no additional fee is charged.

  • Art: Parent and child creations designed to spark creativity and joy. 9:10-10:10 a.m. (latecomers welcome!) John Kollman
  • Yoga and Play:  Lindsay will teach little ones about keeping their mind/body/spirit happy by incorporating stories, yoga postures, and silly songs. Designed for children of all ages. 10:40-11:10 a.m. Lindsay McDonough
  • Story time: Some books. Some finger plays. Lots of fun. 1:40-2:10 p.m.  TBA
  • Music: Come join the adventure! Do you like to sing and dance? Are you curious about different instruments? Join Abbie as she sings, plays piano, and encourages lots of family-friendly musical fun. 3:10-3:50 p.m. Abbie Velez

Exhibits by commercial entities, nonprofit organizations, and cottage industries will be open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30  p.m. Our exhibitors help support the conference - please visit!

Our Silent Auction will feature a wide variety of donated items. Silent Auction bidding instructions will be provided in the Program Booklet the day of the conference. To receive more information or if you would like to donate items, e-mail


LLL Leader pins created by the LLL Alumnae Association are available for $6 each. The pins are 7/8 inch in diameter. Pins are designated to mark years of service as a Leader in increments of 5 years (from 5 to 50) and also “Leader” (with no number of years specified). Deadline for ordering pins is October 14.

The mission of La Leche League International is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

La Leche League USA (LLL USA) is committed to diversity and inclusion. LLL USA strives to support all breastfeeding families regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, primary language, ability, or socio-economic status. La Leche League USA makes every effort to foster diversity among its Leaders so as to incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and responsible decision-making.

Photos from the 2017 LLL of ME/NH Area Conference courtesy of Black Dog Pictures.

Photography Disclaimer
We will be taking photographs during the event. By registering for the event, you grant to La Leche League and the photographer the right to take photographs of you, your guests, and minor children in connection with the 2018 La Leche League of ME/NH Area Conference. You authorize La Leche League and the photographer to copyright, use, and publish the same in print and/or electronically. You agree that La Leche League and the photographer may use such photographs of you and your family with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content. (If you do not consent to photography for yourself and/or your child, you must e-mail the registrar in advance and sign a list at the registration table at the event.)


Online registration is available through midnight on Tuesday, October 30. Registrations between October 31 and November 2 must be done via e-mail/phone with the registrar. Walk-in registration on Saturday, November 3 will be available, but session choices will be limited, and no lunch will be available. Lunch orders must be placed by October 22.



Early Bird Fee
Sept. 23

Sept. 24 to Oct. 23

Oct. 24 to Nov. 2

Adult (not an LLL member)




LLL member with current membership




LLL Leader, Leader Applicant, or retired Leader




Second adult (spouse, partner, or grandparent) attending sessions




No fee is charged for a second adult (spouse, partner, or grandparent) NOT attending sessions.

LLL of ME/NH offers a special incentive to encourage first-time attendees to join us at the Area Conference. If you have never before been to an LLL conference, you can use a special code to take $20 off the registration fee. (Please note that the code applies only to the primary registrant. Spouses/partners who wish to attend sessions still pay only $10.) To get this discount, enter the code 1STCONF in the Promo Code box, and then be sure to click "Apply."


  * LLL of ME/NH Area Council and Conference Committee members may take a $20 discount on conference registration (Promo Code COMMITTEE).  
 * Conference speakers may take a $10 (per session) discount on conference registration (Promo Code SPEAKER). 
 * Exhibitors who wish to attend all four sessions may take a $10 discount on conference registration (Promo Code EXHIBITOR). Exhibitors who wish to attend only one or two sessions should e-mail to make arrangements.
 * These discounts may be combined. For example, an Area Council or Conference Committee member who is also a speaker is entitled to a $30 discount. To combine discounts, indicate the appropriate total discount in the Promo Code box by using the word DISCOUNT followed by the amount without a dollar sign (DISCOUNT30, for example). Only one Promo Code per registration is allowed. Discounts may be applied only to registration fees, not to meal costs. Be sure to click "Apply" after you enter the Promo Code. If you have any questions about discounts, e-mail

PAYMENTS: Online registration requires a credit card. To pay by check, please download the printable registration form from the LLL of ME/NH website ( and mail to 123 Academy Hill, Newcastle ME 04553. The postmark deadline for all mailed payments is October 26.

LLL of ME/NH offers support to ALL families. If cost is a barrier for conference attendance for you or your family, please e-mail with your request, and an LLL Leader will contact you. Thanks to generous donors, full and partial scholarships are available and are confidential. 

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) for lactation consultants have been approved by the  International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) through a providership from  the LLL Alliance for Breastfeeding Education. Qualifying topics are designated “CERP.” The CERPs fee is $10 per session for the first three sessions; for attendees wishing to take all four CERP sessions, the fourth will be free (maximum charge will be $30).

Requests for a registration refund must be received in writing (e-mail or postal mail). Refund requests received by October 22 will receive a full refund of fees and lunch orders, minus a $10 handling fee. No refunds for lunch may be made after October 22. Refund requests received between October 23 and November 3 will receive 50% of the registration fee. Contributions and LLL memberships will not be refunded. To request a refund, please contact Kate Pennington at 123 Academy Hill, Newcastle ME 04553 or Refunds will be processed after the conference.

BIRTH WORKERS: if a client’s due date affects your ability to commit to registering, please e-mail the registrar for special arrangements.

See below for the list of sessions and speakers. See the LLL of ME/NH website ( for complete descriptions of each session, more about our guest speakers, and a detailed schedule for the day.

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Session 1: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
101: Mother-Infant Sleep Location and Nighttime Feeding Behavior
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC (1 CERP)

102: What Does Healthy Eating Mean to You?
Katja Leccisi

103: I’ve Told You a Thousand Times: Conflict Resolution with Kids
Kathy Drury  

104: La Leche League Leadership: Just Do It! Melanie Kollman

Session 2: 10:30-11:45 a.m. 
201: Supporting Natural Childbirth in a Hospital Setting

Julie Brill CCCE, CLD, IBCLC (1.25 CERPs) 

202: Pumping: What’s That For?  
Sarah Russell

203: Tiny Baby, Huge Changes
Julie Allen, Jordan Osgood, and Jen Rosenthal

204: Even Shakespeare Used They: Using Inclusive Language When Providing Support
Sarah Kneeland-Campbell

Session 3: 1:30-2:45 p.m.  
301: Does Breastfeeding Protect Maternal Mental Health? The Role of Oxytocin and Stress
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph. D., IBCLC (CERP)

302: Let's Talk Toddlers!!  
Pam Freedman

303: Growing Your LLL Group
Estee Cuddihy and Kristen Walsh

304: Fostering a Healthy Fatherhood
John Eddyblouin, Cory Osgood, and Glen Shivel

Session 4: 3:00-4:15 p.m. 

401: Will You Still Be Supporting Breastfeeding Dyads Next Year?: Preventing Burnout and the Practice of Self-Care

Julie Brill CCCE, CLD, IBCLC (1.25 CERPs)

402: What Every Woman Should Know about Her Pelvic Health
Ryan Bailey, PT, DPT, WCS

403: More Food, Less Effort
Katja Leccisi, MS, RDN

404: Living with Your Spirited Child
Jenn Hewson

Leaders, Leader Applicants, and Conference Committee members are invited to join us at 4:30 p.m. (after the final session) to hear some great news in the ME/NH Area and learn about opportunities for more support and learning. Bring any questions you may have about LLL. This short meeting will highlight the many accomplishments in the Area and celebrate the connections among us.
Leaders, Leader Applicants, and their families are also invited to a casual dinner/party at the nearby Area Coordinator of Leaders' home after the meeting. Bring something to share or just come! Directions to the home will be provided at the meeting.

See the LLL of ME/NH website ( for complete descriptions of each session, more about our guest speakers, and a detailed schedule for the day.