Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-wining journalist, author, international public speaker, and maternal and infant health health advocacy strategist. She is the director of the Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective, a national consortium of over 80 organizations working to shift the MCH narrative. As a consultant, she helps organizations develop equitable community engagement plans and communication strategies. A mother of two and graduate of NYU and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Kimberly's fifth book, The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding (St. Martins Press) was released in 2017. Learn more at www.KimberlySealsAllers.com

Being Heard, Increasing Impact!: Promoting Equity and Diversity in Lactation Care

Kimberly Seals Allers, BA, MS

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Carla Pileggi Caviola is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Connecticut and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in New York state. Carla has a private practice in Stamford, Connecticut, where she also works as a culturally sensitive psychotherapist and perinatal mental health specialist, providing support in English, Spanish, and Portuguese languages. She is a founding board member of Postpartum Support International - CT Chapter, and a member of Marcé of North America (MONA) and International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. Carla also provides perinatal mental health trainings and consults upon request.

Clarifying Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Carla Pileggi Caviola, MA, LPC-LMHC

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During her family medicine residency, and while breastfeeding her two children, Dr. Lorelei Michels became passionate about helping others to share in the joy and health benefits of breastfeeding. She started her breastfeeding medicine clinic in 2010, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM). She participates in breastfeeding education to healthcare professionals and patients, as well as breastfeeding advocacy and promotion as a Board and Executive Committee member of the New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition (NYSBC).

Assessment of Tongue Tie and Suck Problems in the Breastfed Infant

Lorelei Michels, DO

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Breastfeeding mother ‘emeritus’ of two, and now proud grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren, Sharon Vallone has been practicing chiropractic in the state of Connecticut for 33 years with an emphasis on the family and a career-long interest in supporting the breastfeeding dyad. Currently, she is practicing in a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in supporting families with special needs. Sharon is a contributing author for Catherine Watson Genna’s book: Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, and Lori Overland’s book: Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs).

How Manual Therapy Can Support the Breastfeeding Dyad

Sharon Vallone, DC

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