July 25th 2010
Dear LLLeaders and friends of La Leche League.
This is a letter I never expected to write.
After 54 years in LLLI, an organization I co-founded and have
represented at meetings around the world,
I find myself unable to continue to support the new version of LLL that
has been put in motion by the
Board of Directors and Executive Management.
So today, with sadness, I am resigning as an LLLeader. We each
have to be true to ourselves and I
cannot in good conscience support the organization that La Leche League
But I am not calling for others to follow me in resigning.
You may find that being an LLL Leader still works for you. You may feel
appreciated and respected.
Perhaps your questions are being answered and you are provided with the
tools needed to do your job.
If you do not have to deal with power struggles or the confusion about
assessment fees, liability and
agreements, then there is reason to stay on. If being part of LLL
brings joy to your life then by all means,
For there is no other organization, at this point in time, that
provides the unique and inspirational support
to breastfeeding mothers and their families that LLL does. How
many times have we been thanked for
changing people’s lives?
There is no other system offering breastfeeding support that has worked
so closely with the medical
profession from the beginning to ensure the scientific basis of what we
teach. We couldn’t have done
this without the the generous help of the Professional Advisory Board
and the Health Advisory Council.
Unfortunately, the continuation of this working relationship with the
medical community is currently in jeopardy.
I’ve done everything I can to help the LLLI BOD understand the
peril LLL is in under the current
management and because of the way the reorganization from Chaordic to
Renewal to Distributive has
been handled. The latest term used, “Distributive,”
is particularly ironic given that so many of the changes
in LLLI now either come from the Executive Management or have to be
approved by them.
The board’s dismissal of the concerns of Leaders as documented in
the Leader Satisfaction Survey made
it clear that the board and management were intent on plunging
ahead with their plans no matter how many
valuable and generous Leaders they lost and no matter how the
reorganization impacted the growth and
influence of LLL and the morale of so many
I’ve missed seeing you at our International Conferences. As
other Leaders have said, I will be happy to
return when and if LLLI returns to the principles on which it was
founded and the mission it should serve.
There have been some very good suggestions on how to bring this about
in the letters of resignation recently
sent to the Board by other leaders.
In the meantime I wish there was some way to thank each of you in
person for making our dream come true.
The world is a happier and healthier place because of you and La Leche
League has enjoyed a stellar
reputation because of your commitment.
Thanks to you and because of you, we’ve made great strides in the
past 54 years toward our mission to
help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother to mother support,
and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as
an important element in the healthy
development of the baby and mother.
My love to all,
“When you don’t follow your nature there is a hole in the
universe where you were supposed to be.”
My permission is given to forward or post this email in the LLL