Diana West, BA, IBCLC, is a popular international speaker at professional and parenting conferences. She genuinely enjoys speaking to both small and large audiences and has received consistently high scores on evaluation feedback. Her presentations are practical, well-organized, highly informative, and entertaining. She uses high-quality, vivid Powerpoint presentations, providing her own laptop and LCD projector upon request. Having participated in organizing conferences herself, she is highly flexible and empathetic to the pressure and requirements of conference planners. She provides paperwork and responds to communications promptly. She is available to speak in most locations, both in the US and internationally.
Diana West is an IBCLC in private practice, a La Leche League Leader, Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International, and a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Clinical Lactation. Diana is the co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, the 8th edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures, and ILCA’s Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool. She authored the groundbreaking book, Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery. She has also recently published a research article with a team led by Trevor MacDonald and Joy Noel-Weiss about trans men’s experiences with lactation and gender identity.
Diana West is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice in New Jersey, a La Leche League Leader, and the Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International. She is the co-author of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, the 8th edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures, and ILCA’s popular Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool. She has also recently published a research article with a team led by Trevor MacDonald and Joy Noel-Weiss about trans men’s experiences with lactation and gender identity. Diana is the author of the groundbreaking book, Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery. She is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Clinical Lactation, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and is the administrator of the high-traffic BFAR.org and LowMilkSupply.org websites. She has three nearly-grown sons and lives in the picturesque mountains of northwestern New Jersey in the United States. Diana is continually amazed by the power of breastfeeding to positively transform families, as well as the professionals who help them do it.
A discussion of the history and research underlying infant sleep training programs and their effects on feeding and emotional development.
A discussion of effective counseling techniques to facilitate overcoming psychological breastfeeding objections and barriers.
Methods to help today’s generation of mothers feel more comfortable with their breasts in order to improve breastfeeding self-efficacy. Includes overview of historical perspective and breastfeeding self-efficacy research.
A detailed discussion of infant anatomical and feeding assessment criteria to determine likely causes of low milk transfer and poor feeding behaviors.
An in-depth exploration of the science and research supporting the safety of bedsharing for breastfeeding mothers and babies, introducing La Leche League International’s “Safe Sleep Seven” tool.
A comprehensive discussion of breast augmentation and reduction surgeries and their impact upon lactation; discussion of incidence, motivations, surgical techniques, implications for lactation, and psychological factors.
With new research and innovations in the lactation field, there are now many more ways to increase milk production than in previous years. This talk presents the most promising of these new methods.
A detailed discussion of maternal and infant breastfeeding assessment targeted to uncovering causes of low milk production.
This session explores normal and potentially problematic anatomical nipple variations, nipple surgeries, conditions, and their effects on milk production, milk removal, and direct breastfeeding.
A discussion of effective methods to interact with the new generation of breastfeeding mothers, known as “Millennial Moms,” who have vastly different needs and communication styles from those who typically counsel them.