Friends of LLL Mini-Grants Fund Worthwhile Projects Worldwide!

Friends of La Leche League (formerly the LLLI Alumnae Association) is making a significant impact on breastfeeding in our world! In late 2018, Friends of LLL awarded a total of $6,850 in mini-grants to five unique and innovative projects. Mini-grants were awarded based on the outreach potential of the projects and how the projects helped to further the mission of La Leche League. Some focused on creating resource materials and others focused on increasing publicity and outreach. Members of the mini-grant committee were: Carroll Beckham, Amy Shaw, and Rebecca Magalhães.

• LLL of Canada-Vernon British Columbia is producing an online Prenatal Initiative Kit for all Leaders to use to encourage moms to attend LLL meetings while pregnant. Laura reports that she has submitted over 30 documents to La Leche League Canada for review and is preparing to rewrite the Parents' Class Companion.

• LLL of South Africa is distributing current copies of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to libraries throughout South Africa. At last report, the books had been ordered and they were awaiting delivery. It's been quite an odyssey for these books, ordered from the United Kingdom.

• The Santa Maria Hostel in Houston, TX USA serves women who are overcoming addiction and others who gave birth while incarcerated. With the mini grant, these mothers will have strong support and breastfeeding information from LLL. Grant money was used to purchase ten copies of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, slings, breast-shaped stress balls to teach hand expression. A Benefits of Breastfeeding Box shows gadgets that reflect a benefit. Original wall art of breastfeeding mothers has been provided as inspiration and fostering the normalization of breastfeeding. Dialogue about unique challenges and solutions is still ongoing. They are now writing a job description for a lactation consultant, showing a commitment to future breastfeeding support for mothers at the hostel.

• An LLL “Breastfeeding Tour of Southern Italy” expands LLL within an historically underserved part of Italy. Leaders held meetings, spoke to health care professionals and met with Leader Applicants.

• In Oakland, CA, USA, the Better Birth Foundation is producing a flyer on breastfeeding in the black community.

Support the Friends of La Leche League mini-grants with your donation!


La Leche League International Legacy Society: Another Way to Give Back

The La Leche League International Legacy Society has been recently formed as a way to include La Leche League International in your estate planning. According to LLLI, joining the society ..."gives you the opportunity to belong to a select group of like-minded people who are committed to supporting the needs of breastfeeding mothers."
The first 50 members will become the Founders’ Circle of the Legacy Society and will be recognized in upcoming LLLI newsletters and receive a commemorative pin to mark this commitment.
Learn more about this wonderful new way to give back to the organization you love at

New Executive Director

La Leche League International’s day to day operations are managed by IMI Association Executives, and our Executive Director is Zion Tankard.

"We are pleased to announce that Zion Tankard has joined La Leche League International (LLLI) on 3 September as Executive Director. Zion comes with an educational background including a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development and a Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. She is also pursuing her Doctorate in Education with a focus on Women’s History.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, USA, Zion has spent the last seven years working in women’s advocacy with the Durham County Women’s Commission in Durham County, North Carolina, USA. As Chair of this Commission, she was an intricate part of a resolution for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international mechanism that outlines women’s fundamental human rights. Thus, Durham became the first county in the Southeast region of the United States, and the first place in North Carolina, to pass such a resolution, whose significance was recognized by the United Nations.

In 2018, Zion received special recognition from the News & Observer, an American regional newspaper as “Tar Heel (a nickname for North Carolina) of the Week”, acknowledging the lasting and significant contribution of her work for the women and communities in her state.

Zion is married with four children and resides in Durham, North Carolina.

She looks forward to collaborating with LLLI stakeholders, continuing the important work of promoting breastfeeding, supporting our volunteer Leaders, families, and the healthy development of babies worldwide. Zion tells us: “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve LLLI and new people, and learn how to serve you all.”

Zion would love to come speak at your events and gatherings when the opportunity arises. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 001-919-459-2167 x6117.

A warm note of appreciation to Lee Bryan Claassen for her years as LLLI ED, for her professional expertise in helping our organization, and for her wise guidance and advice. We are fortunate that Lee is available to help Zion begin her new role with LLL.

Please join us in giving a welcome to our new Executive Director!" -LLLI