2014 – The Year in Review

It has been a busy year for my speaking and writing work.

January began with a cleft presention for the only webinar series “Emerging Topics in Breastfeeding: Thinkers on the Leading Edge” hosted by Jennifer Tow, IBCLC.

In spring I travelled to Tuscany for two conferences on the same day – the AISMEL cleft conference in Pisa that I attend annually as both a cleft parent and speaker, followed by a La Leche League Leader conference in Versilia where I attended as a retired Leader.

Over the summer, I sat my Cell Biology exam with the Open University, and then made my first trip to the United States to attend the 2014 Lactation Summit as a speaker on two panels – as a voice from Europe, and a voice from the LGBTQI community. I spent a week in Phoenix wrapping up my article for the Journal of Human Lactation Lactation Support and the LGBTQI community.

In the autumn, I participated in the highlight of the year – the 5th ABM European Regional Meeting for Physicians, in Bucharest, Romania with my talk Breastfeeding with a Cleft Lip/palate. I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated an “Opinion Leader” in the Breastfeeding Medicine newsletter Briefs in Breastfeeding Medicine along with a summary of the talk.

Just before winter set in, a made a trip to Uppsala, Sweden where I gave another presentation on breastfeeding with a cleft to peers and health providers at the ‘Mentorsutbildning’ meeting hosted by the Swedish peer-support organisation Amningshjälpen.

Over Christmas, I wrapped up a cleft/breastfeeding booklet for publication (in Italian and English) in the new year.

Keep an eye on my speaking schedule for dates of upcoming presentations and subscribe to this blogs feed for more news and updates. 2015 looks like another eventful year!


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