Joint LLL and Attachment Parenting International Conference

Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference and Concert to “Rock the World” November 2 in Nashville, Tennessee

Registration now open for first-ever La Leche League of Kentucky-Tennessee and Attachment Parenting International collaboration featuring noted experts on infant and child development

Child development leaders from across the country will gather in Nashville on November 2 to “rock the world” with current topics on breastfeeding and parenting in a conference open to the public, accompanied by a Nashville experience benefit concert. Presented by La Leche League (LLL) of Kentucky-Tennessee with Attachment Parenting International (API), registration is now open at, for the “Rock the World: Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference”—a summit of incredible speakers, authors, researchers, and educators serving parents, caregivers, and professionals for the benefit of children and their families.

Early attendees will be treated to a Friday pre-conference dessert gathering on sisterhood featuring Rebecca Wells, author of the #1 NYT Bestselling novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood which was made into a movie starring Ashley Judd. Her other bestselling Ya-Ya books include Little Altars Everywhere and Ya-Yas in Bloom, along with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder. Rebecca brings her skills as author, actress and teacher to create an evening of authentic and warm sharing that highlights the power of sisterhood in all its incarnations. Join us for this lively, fun, and poignant event and help celebrate the nurturing and enrichment that LLL and API bring to our lives and the lives of those we touch. This gathering is hosted by Friends of La Leche League.

Saturday plenary sessions feature LLL co-Founder and author of Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life, Marian Tompson, authors of more than 40 parenting books, including The Baby Book, Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears, and API co-Founders and authors of Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children, Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson.

Throughout the day, breakout session topics range from breastfeeding and brain development, breastfeeding and media among African-American women, attachment styles--ours and our children’s, oral issues/ties and breastfeeding, mother-infant sleep, and the chemistry of attachment, to mothers and depression, empathic listening for providers, optimal care in the early years, breastfeeding through separation, science of resilience and ACEs, healthy birth, nonviolent communication, and Attachment Parenting in the real world.

National and local speakers and panelists include Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Wendy Middlemiss, Stacy Jagger, Shukura Ayoluwa Umi, Kathy Parkes, Katherine Wilson-Thompson, Susan Campbell, MD, Anna Childress, Ruth Trembula, Darcia Narvaez, George Holden, Barbara Clinton, Carlene Robinson, Rod Kochtitzky, Richard Thigpen, Rebekah Porter, Margaret Buxton, Donna Martin, Margaret Feierabend, Victoria LeBlanc, Julia Bernard, MD, Art Yuen, Rebecca Renegar, Kimberly Hampton, and Kate Cropp.

Children’s programs include Music with Mommie with Stacy Jagger and a magic show with Russell Davis Magic, as well as crafts, a room for resting, and a convenient nearby park.

An exhibit hall, Silent Auction, bookstore hosted by Parnassus, and art display will run throughout the conference day.

The event culminates in an evening together with singer/songwriter Gary Nicholson in concert to celebrate 40 years of songwriting hits, with proceeds benefitting API in recognition of its 25th anniversary. Special guest performers and more details are at and tickets for this Third & Lindsley event are at

“We’re beyond excited about this first collaboration of API and LLL of Kentucky/Tennessee,” said Janet Jendron, API Board President and Friends of LLL Board member. “Twenty-five years ago, API was conceived when Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson attended a local LLL meeting. They contacted me about support from key LLL Leaders and networks. I was also honored to work with Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, instrumental in describing the attachment parenting philosophy when they were influenced by early involvement in LLL. Since then, the mutual connection and support between LLL and API have been beautiful, inspiring, and amazing! The icing on the cake is that we’ll all be together to celebrate our collective impact with Marian Tompson, co-Founder of LLL. This event will be an extraordinary gathering of people who have impacted families in profound ways.”

Recognizing a mutual passion for the well being of infants and parents in Nashville and beyond, the two nonprofit organizations have collaborated to “Rock the World” with some of the best minds and best parenting support available.

“Parents, professionals, and children too, are in for an incredible day of learning, and connection” said Anna Childress, La Leche League Leader and conference chair, “It’s a day that will be remembered for coming together, and the shared passion to “rock the world” with care and compassion.”

For event details and registration information, visit Located at West End United Methodist Church, the conference will appeal to national, regional, and local professionals, breastfeeding and parenting leaders, birth workers, LLL Leaders, Leader Applicants, AP Leaders, volunteers, parents and grandparents, and those who provide or need support and education related to breastfeeding and parenting. Registration is $45 per person, continuing education is $30 per day, lunch is $20 per person (lunch must be ordered by October 14), children's events are $10 per child for the day, and exhibit-only attendance is $10. Event supporters include Baby & Co,, Friends of LLL, and Susan Campbell, MD.

Continuing education credits have been applied for, including CERPS, and LLL CEUs. LLL Leaders, API accredited leaders, and Attached at the Heart Parenting Educators are invited to contact organizers about planned gatherings.

Those interested in donating, exhibiting, or contributing to the Silent Auction can find details and an application form available at

La Leche League of Kentucky-Tennessee’s mission 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.

Attachment Parenting International’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between children and their parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

LLLI 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