LLL of South Carolina 2017 Area Conference Session Topics


general session i:

100: The Natural Laws of Breastfeeding

- How hormonal changes of childbirth affect how mothers learn and bond with their babies

- Why touch stabilizes newborns and promotes breastfeeding

- How to remove the mystery from milk production 

- What biology tells us about how often babies should breastfeed and at what age they should wean

Covers the entire course of breastfeeding, from birth to weaning, incorporating key paradigm shifts and innovative teaching strategies. Includes the significance of right-brain interactions in the early postpartum period, the importance of touch to health and survival, how realistic expectations can help increase breastfeeding duration, the effect of breast storage capacity on feeding patterns, and much more. (CERP*/CEU 2 hours)

Nancy Mohrbacher, LLL Leader, IBCLC, FILCA

session ii:

201: "She Said What?!" 

Discover how to go with the flow and manage your Group's dynamics. Leaders share their experiences and explore effective strategies to getting the conversation back on track.

Keitha Whiticker  


202: An Introduction to Gut Health and the Importance of the Microbiome

Discuss the microbiome, the importance of gut health, and how breastfeeding impacts that balance.

Kimberly Shirk, PA


203: The Young and the Restless- What to Expect From Your One-to-Three Year Old

Identify developmental stages and how to best meet a child's changing needs during this time of intense brain development.

Joan Peloso


204: Birth Culture: Traditions, Rituals, Storytelling, and More

A session on the variety of ways families prepare for this life-changing event.

Jennifer Lucus O'Bryant, CPM, LM, and Juliann Lee, LMA, PDCCE, SBD

General Session iii: lunch and learn

300: Leader Applicant Lunch

Are you curious about what it takes to become an LLL Leader? Join us for a small group session lunch to discuss the Leader Applicant process. This session is for interested mothers and current Leader Applicants. We will conclude in time for attendees to join the general lunch session presentation. 


301: La Leche League Through the Years

This lunch time session will discuss the history of how seven women grew the field of lactation peer support to the international organization we know today. It will highlight the involvement LLL has had in creating other offshoot organizations and affected policies worldwide.

Jennifer Kaczynski

Session IV Breakouts:

401: From Words to Action; Breastfeeding Support for ALLL

We live in diverse communities but often the parents seeking support from La Leche League are not as diverse as our communities. Let’s roll up our sleeves and explore opportunities to improve our quest to meet the La Leche League mission and vision of inclusiveness within our respective communities.

Nicole Bennett

402: Galactagogues; Benefits and Risks

What is "in" for increasing milk supply? Is there proof they work? Does that matter in our peer counseling?

Naomi Hambleton

403: There's a Ferret in the Dryer!-Supporting Breastfeeding Parents in Emergencies

Discuss the importance of having a disaster plan in place and understanding the unique support needs that a breastfeeding parent will have after experiencing a disaster or emergency.

Joy Stephens

404: Leaning in to Loss: Being Present for Mothers Who Experience Loss Related to Breastfeeding

Many mothers experience loss related to childbirth, breastfeeding, mothering. Taking the time to listen to a mother's sense of loss can help normalize her experience and help her develop resilience and strength. Tips for relating to mothers' expressions of loss, active listening skills, and knowing when to refer mothers for grief counseling will be shared.

Keitha Whiticker

session v breakouts:

501: Helping Mothers Who Exclusively Pump

- The best, evidence-based strategies for establishing healthy milk production in mothers exclusively pumping for babies in special care

- Specific recommendations for scheduling pumping sessions, frequency and length

- Ways to individualize pumping plans based on breast storage capacity

- How to be of most help to mothers who choose to pump and bottle-feed

We are in the midst of a pumping epidemic. We will discuss what the latest research tells us about how to establish healthy milk production for mothers with babies in the NICU and for those who choose to pump and bottle feed. Find out how to use breast storage capacity to individualize a pumping plan and specific strategies for how to best support mothers in this situation. (CERP*/CEU 1 hour)

Nancy Mohrbacher, LLL Leader, IBCLC, FILCA

502: Attachment in Families Through the Years

Remain emotionally attached and available to your children throughout the different ages and stages of childhood, from the newborn stage to the tween stage, teenagers, and beyond. This discussion will cover different ideas and experiences to help stay connected to your children, no matter the age. 

Janet Jendron

503: Supporting the NICU Parent

Common challenges facing NICU families are discussed. We will discuss how to support these families on their breastfeeding journey and how that journey differs from full-term births.

Katie Hodge and Donna Martin

504: "What About Me?"

A panel discussion focused on the importance of partners for breastfeeding success. This session will highlight the role of the support person and will engage the attendees to gain a collective understanding of common themes for breastfeeding families. This session is intended for spouses, partners, family members, nannies, and other caregivers that support a breastfeeding mother along her journey.  


This session will be an awards and recognition ceremony for Leaders and Leader Applicants (and their families) only.

session vi: closing ceremony

* This continuing education activity has been approved for 3 CERPs by IBLCE through a providership with LLL Alliance for Breastfeeding Education and 3 CEUs for La Leche League Leaders and La Leche League Leader Applicants. ( A total of 8.5 CERPs/CEUs may be earned by attending both Friday and Saturday sessions.)

Children, regardless of age, are allowed to accompany their parents to CERP sessions at Area Conferences. CERP speakers and attendees should be aware and accepting of the fact that first-time parents and older children may attend these sessions. Please be respectful of the needs of all attendees and quietly respectful to the speaker who is presenting.