Leigh Anne O’Connor is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with two decades of experience working with breastfeeding families. She is the past President of New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA), a member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and a past member of the Bank Street Head Start Health Advisory Board. She has been an accredited La Leche League Leader since 1997.
Leigh Anne lectures for professional organizations, consults with companies to set up Corporate Lactation programs, teaches breastfeeding classes, leads support groups, and sees private clients all over New York City.
Leigh Anne has appeared on television, radio and in documentaries internationally as an expert and advocate for breastfeeding, promoting its importance as a health issue for babies, mothers, families and society at large. Most recently she appeared on Fox New York, Bravo's Pregnant in Heels and CNN's John King USA, The Doctors, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby and is seen regularly on the Newborn Channel. Other appearances include: Montel and Runway Moms on Discovery Health, Good Morning America, WCBS News and WOR radio.
Leigh Anne has written many essays on parenting and breastfeeding at www.MamaMilkandMe.com and at Bundoo.com. Leigh Anne lives in New York City with her husband, Rob, and their three children.
"I live in New York City but grew up in North Carolina. I see the disparities in breastfeeding rates and support in many communities as well as for my extended family. When the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network came my way I saw this as an opportunity to make a difference. I love supporting families on an individual level but as I have grown in my knowledge over the years I would like to support on a global level. I want to make a difference for up and coming breastfeeding supporters. I never stop learning and I love the opportunity to network."
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.