2021 -- A Year to Celebrate!

2021 is a big year for LLL supporters. Friends of La Leche League is celebrating our 35th anniversary of connecting active and former LLL Leaders. Please visit the new History page of this website for more information about the founding of the LLL Alumnae Association and its transformation over the years into the Friends of La Leche League organization of today.
Also this year, La Leche League International is celebrating its 65th Anniversary! Plans are firming up for the LLLI 65th Anniversary Conference to be held in October of this year. This special event will include the “We Remember” ceremony honoring LLL Leaders who have died since our last ceremony, which was held during the Friends of La Leche League trip to New Orleans in November 2019. To commemorate this significant anniversary, Friends of LLL is offering a special LLLI 65th Anniversary pin. This unique pin has copper plating with blue enamel, the number 65 with logo, and a sapphire blue stone; inscribed around the perimeter is “LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTING FAMILIES SINCE 1956.” For as low as $4.00 per pin (in bulk orders), this truly special pin makes a wonderful gift — for others or for yourself! — to celebrate the important work of LLLI and Leaders over the past 65 years.
 

Happy celebrating!

We invite you to browse our site and learn more about the Friends of La Leche League (formerly the LLL Alumnae Association).

Let’s connect if you are:

  • an active or retired La Leche League Leader
  • a current or former La Leche League member
  • breastfeeding
  • a parent of a child from toddler to teen to adult
  • a grandparent
  • an advocate for breastfeeding!

2021 Mini-Grants Applications Now Open

Do you have an idea for a special project and need seed money to get started? Friends of La Leche League is now accepting applications for our 2021 Mini-Grants. This year we are offering grants of up to $2500 for as many as six individual proposals that support the Friends of La Leche League mission.

Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2021, and funded projects must be completed within nine months of the award. Full information about the Mini-Grants program — along with the application form and instructions — can be found on our Mini-Grants page. Thank you to our 2021 Mini-Grant Team: Cathy Baldizon; Paula Clay; Anne Hutton; and Susan Lawrence. They are looking forward to reviewing this year’s applications and funding many innovative projects!

Virtual Happy Hours for Friends of LLL

Following the success of our first two virtual happy hours, Friends of La Leche League has decided to make these events a regular occurrence. Meeting via Zoom in small groups has been a wonderful way to connect with Friends near and far. Please check our blog and FaceBook Group for details about upcoming Virtual Happy Hour events. We hope you will join us!

Honoring LLL Friends

Since the year 2000, Friends of La Leche League has honored deceased LLL Leaders through the “We Remember” program. Leaders are listed on our website by name and year of death. A ceremony in which the Leaders names are read was initiated at the 2001 LLL International Conference and has been held at conferences and Friends of LLL trips since then. To honor all deceased Leaders, we urge Friends who learn of the death of any LLL Leader to pass along information using this “We Remember” Form.

Friends of LLL also wants to honor all individuals who have inspired us. Our Tributes page includes personalized tributes honoring special people. Tributes are posted on our website for one year and included in Continuum magazine. You can write a tribute honoring someone important to you by using this form.

Because honoring those who have inspired us and shared their insights and wisdom is such a core part of the Friends of LLL mission, we have altered our website main menu to make it easier for people to access these pages. The “Honors” option on our main menu provides direct access to the “We Remember” and Tributes pages, as well as to the forms for submitting information for each of these. Friends of La Leche League is proud to honor those whose work and lives have inspired us through our lives.

Friends of La Leche League Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of La Leche League is to support La Leche League as a resource and inspiration for future generations, encourage lifelong connections with the LLL community, and share the insights and wisdom that began with the breastfeeding relationship.

Membership

For $30 per year, Friends of La Leche League members receive four issues of our new online newsletter Continuum. Members are also eligible for discounts in registration fees for Friends of La Leche League trips. To join or renew your membership, please join here.

Donations

Friends of La Leche League welcomes donations that fund our operations or specifically to support our Mini-Grants program. If you would like to make a donation, please donate here.

Tributes

Friends of La Leche League tributes provide you the opportunity to honor Friends, colleagues, family, mentors, or cherished friends. Tributes appear in our members’ newsletter, Continuum and are published on the website for one year. Please see our current tribute listings.

Annual tributes are just $20 each. If you wish to honor someone special to you, please make a tribute here.

YouTube Channel

Videos created by Friends of LLL can be viewed on the Friends of La Leche League YouTube channel which you can access here.

 

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