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Author Bios
Author Bios

Diane Wiessinger, a La Leche League Leader since the 1980s and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), is the mother of two and grandmother of four. Along with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, she coauthored the eighth edition of La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Diane has contributed to breastfeeding textbooks and written numerous articles and handouts on breastfeeding. She lectures across the United States and abroad on breastfeeding, birth, and sleep issues.

Diana West has been a La Leche League Leader and IBCLC since the turn of the millennium, and has three teenage boys. In addition to being a coauthor of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, eighth edition, Diana has written several books and numerous magazine articles about breastfeeding. She co-owns a large private lactation consultation practice and speaks at conferences worldwide.

Linda Smith became a La Leche League Leader in 1974 and has been an IBCLC since the credential was established in 1985. She is actively involved in public health, childbirth, and breastfeeding organizations at the community, state, national, and international levels. Linda has written four textbooks for professionals. She presents lectures and courses on birth, breastfeeding, and sleep around the world. Her three children are grown and gone from the family bed. Four children now call her Grandma.

Teresa Pitman, our Canadian coauthor for The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, has 35 years of experience as a La Leche League Leader. She has written hundreds (that’s right) of magazine articles, four books on breastfeeding, and another dozen on parenting topics, and she is a frequent and well-traveled speaker. She is the mother of four children, all breastfed, and has six breastfed grandchildren.

We are four very different mothers who followed very different routes with very different children, but each of us learned that our baby’s needs didn’t switch off when the sun went down. That reality—that babies’ and mothers’ and families’ needs exist 24 hours every day—is at the heart of this book.

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