Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC Ithaca, NY


  • Language of Breastfeeding
  • Latching Theory and Techniques
  • Mammals and Breastfeeding

Previous Conferences

  • Birth and Beyond
    November 7, 2013 - November 9, 2013
  • September 25, 2013
    United States
  • The Baby Friendly Initiative: Focused on What Matters Most
    August 20, 2013 - September 20, 2013
  • Mohawk Valley Breastfeeding Network
    June 14, 2013
    New York,
    United States
  • LLL Northern CA/HI/NV
    May 25, 2013
    United States
  • Partners in Perinatal Health
    May 14, 2013
    United States
  • May 3, 2013 - May 5, 2013
    St. Louis,
    United States
  • Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
    April 12, 2013 - April 13, 2013
    United Kingdom
  • Breastival: LC in Private Practice Conference
    March 1, 2013 - March 3, 2013
    United States
  • June 1, 2012
    New York,
    United States

About the Speaker

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of La Leche League International's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. She is co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of LLLI's Sleep Sweet: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family (in press). Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and journal articles and essays on latching, lip ties, D-MER, and breastfeeding language.  Diane self-publishes more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers.  She has spoken in over 20 states and in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.  

Official Bio for Brochure

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is a frequent speaker, in the US and abroad, on the mechanics and mammalian behaviors involved in breastfeeding, and the language and support systems that help make it successful. She is a co-author of La Leche League International's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition, and LLLI's Sleep Sweet: Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family.  She is author or contributing author of numerous breastfeeding resources, including textbooks, journal articles and essays, and more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers and their helpers.

Bio for Introduction

Diane Wiessinger (pronounced as in I sing, you sing, we singer), MS, IBCLC, is co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of La Leche League International's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. She is co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of LLLI's Sleep Sweet: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family.  Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and assorted journal articles, essays, and self-published handouts for mothers.  Her conferences have allowed her to ride a camel, sample kangaroo, "drunken chicken" and haggis, and use a squat toilet successfully.  "Wiessingerizing" - normalizing breastfeeding - has become a verb in some circles.


This speaker is pleased to provide presentations on the following topics to professional and parenting conferences. Presentations on other topics may be available upon request and subject to sufficient development lead-time. (For CERP topics, required paperwork will be provided promptly to meet CERP deadlines.)

What Would Mammals Do?

90 - 90 minutes

What happens to infant feeding when mammals are deprived of their chosen place, time, and sensations of birth? What if the birth is too hard… or too easy? The not-so-surprising implications our mammalian ancestry has for how we give birth and begin the process of mothering in modern America.

This talk covers birth, breastfeeding, starting solids, weaning, and the mother-baby relationship. It resonates extremely well with audiences, is perhaps the most important talk that I do, and is appropriate, surprising, and informative for both breastfeeding and birthing specialist audiences.

Sleeping Together: History, Biology, Politics

60 - 90 minutes

Is sleeping with a baby risky? A look at primates, our past, electricity, definitions, settings, research, and the critical differences between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Bottom line: There is no known increase in risk when a non-smoking, sober, breastfeeding mother sleeps with her healthy, not-overheated baby on a safe surface.

This talk draws comparisons between how we make car trips safe for infants and how we ought to think about sleep issues. Participants can evaluate various safe sleep handouts using a simple checklist.

Watch Your Language!

90 - 90 minutes

Our word choice often promotes formula-feeding. Even the researchers get it wrong! Learn how words like "still", "but", and "ideal" can undermine breastfeeding, look at how research outcomes change when the focus changes, and begin to develop a new and truly supportive language.

A breastfeeding culture must also have a strong sense of breastfeeding as our biological norm. So far, we frame almost everything as if formula feeding were safe and normal. It takes a while to learn to reframe our thinking; there's no better time to start than now!

Everything Old is New Again: Updates on Latching

60 - 120 minutes

Babies haven't changed, but our understanding of how they attach to the breast certainly has! A journey through more than 20 years of visuals and text, to the latest, surprisingly simple, conclusions.

Participants may start in any of a number of places along the "understanding path". This talk is designed to help move participants from wherever they are to a more confident, simpler, more mother-and-baby-friendly understanding of how babies attach to the breast.

Tigers Through Hoops -The Baby Who Won't Latch

60 - 90 minutes

Baby's normal, mother's normal, but something's going on in that baby's head that keeps him from breastfeeding. How can we persuade the "psychological non-latcher" that he wants to breastfeed?

This is not about the baby who can't breastfeed for physical reasons, though I spend a bit of time on that, but the baby who's been traumatized in some way so that he won’t latch. I talk about some really unusual things that have worked besides time and patience and skin-to-skin, and about our need for tools that haven't yet been created. I'm reassured by the notion that if we can get a tiger to jump through a hoop - something it's absolutely not designed to do - then we can certainly help babies begin to breastfeed, since they're absolutely designed to. This one could be expanded into a workshop to allow the audience to tell their standard and unusual stories about "psychological non-latchers."

Everything Else About Breasts

75 - 120 minutes

A look at fashion through the ages, health claims and their possible problems, lymph drainage, breast surgery, and breast cancer. There's even a little bit about breastfeeding.

This talk covers territory we may never even have considered, no matter how many years we've been "thinking about breasts." It may even change how participants think about their own.

Case Studies

60 - 90 minutes

Participants can choose for discussion from among cases involving management, Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex, hormonal issues, starting solids, pumping, and communication.  

Over a dozen case studies are available.  The first page of each describes the case, the second describes the clinical care and outcome.  We discuss as many as time allows.  Participants can receive the full set for reading later.

US Birth vs Research Realities

60 - 90 minutes

Jocelyn is a real woman who had three very different birth experiences. This talk is a transcription of her recounting, accompanied by slides that dispute or support the actions taken along the way. There is time at the end for story-sharing and brainstorming large or small actions that each of us can take to improve birth in the US.

Jocelyn's stories of her hospital, birth center, and home births were so compelling that I asked if I might type while she talked. Most women can relate to her experiences, and most of us can find ways to smooth the path for the mothers yet to be. Especially good for smaller groups.

Establishing a Free Breastfeeding Clinic

75 - 90 minutes

Four private practice IBCLCs in a small city established a one-hour weekly free breastfeeding clinic.  Our reasons, formation, expectations, “ground rules”, and surprising (though clearly positive) outcome are discussed.  The talk includes video comments from the other three participants, and allows time for participants to share their own thoughts and experiences.


The four of us started with a common, medical-model vision for the clinic, but the mothers themselves took it in a different direction.  Our reactions to that new direction have all been different, but we're agreed that the clinic itself is an excellent addition to breastfeeding help in our community, we hope to continue it indefinitely, and we feel it's adaptable to almost any community.

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+1 (607) 277 2116
136 Ellis Hollow Creek Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

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Willing To Travel To: 
Northeast - US
Mid-Atlantic - US
Southeast - US
Northern Mid-West - US
Central Mid-West - US
Southern Mid-West - US
Northwest - US
Mid-Pacific - US
Southwest - US
East Canada
Central Canada
West Canada
South America
West Europe
East Europe
United Kingdom
Middle East