GOLD Speakers

United States

Vanessa Simmons, CLEC

  • Speaker Type: 2020 Main Presentations
  • Country: United States
Biography:

Vanessa Simmons is a published and professional photographer who has dedicated her recent work to her current photography project, NormalizeBreastfeeding.org. She was inspired by her own breastfeeding struggles, lack of support, and her desire to capture diverse variations of normal breastfeeding. Vanessa initiated the first International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding in an effort to raise awareness worldwide about how normal it is to breastfeed and pump on demand until the mother and child are ready to stop. She seeks to strengthen breastfeeding communities in the areas where local groups have been established worldwide. She encourages members of the local groups to meet up in person and connect with local resources. In April of 2018, Vanessa received her certificate in Lactation Education & Counseling from the University of California San Diego Extension program. She is native to San Diego where she currently resides with her husband and three children.