Activities of Alumnae Representives

LLL of Arizona

Story written by Pam Bridgmon.

Leader Day

Last September Joan Meyer (Alum Representative for Arizona) and I attended a Leader Day in Phoenix, Arizona, where we spent the day at workshops presented by Kittie Frantz, RN, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care. Topics included: “Why Would a Breastfed Baby Lose Weight?” “Growth and Development of Baby in the First Year,” “Perceived Insufficient Milk Supply,” “Breastfeeding Gadgets: What Is Helpful and What Is Not,” as well as a fascinating “History of Attachment.” It was amazing to watch Kittie’s live demonstration of baby-led latch, especially as we watched her show how it was done by baby Liliana, a new baby, who had not done it before and did it perfectly. After the event, Kittie remarked, “It was a magical day. All the Leaders were of the new younger generation and reminded me of my early days as a mother in LLL. I became a Leader in 1964 in Southern California. I so often see LLL functions where all the Leaders are my age or slightly younger so it was fantastic to see LLL nurturing the new generation to maintain the flame. Good for them! They inspired me.”

We also dressed up and wore hats! (See Photo of Joan and Pam with poster display.) The young leaders seemed to like having us there, and loved our outfits. Joan and I took a platter of dried apricots half-dipped in chocolate and rolled in sliced almonds for the Alum table to entice Leaders to linger and read the posters we made. The treats were a hit! We passed out Alum Trip Save the Date cards and membership brochures to join. Both Joan and I spoke during lunch and made a personal invitation to everyone present to join the Alums, and shared a flyer about the Albuquerque trip. I suggested how much fun it would be to caravan with a whole Arizona contingency.

I thought the Leader Day was amazing!

I learned so much new information at all of Kittie’s sessions. I have no doubt that everyone’s questions were answered and that they enjoyed being with other Leaders. All the information I learned helps me to assist my daughter who is a new breastfeeding mother. It was a most excellent day! Joan and I originally thought we would leave early to return to Tucson (115 miles) before dark. The sessions were too good to leave. We were on the road at 5:15 p.m. and still made it back to Tucson during the long twilight.