GOLD Speakers


Marianne Vanderveen-Kolkena, IBCLC

  • Country: Netherlands

A past speaker at GOLD, Marianne Vanderveen-Kolkena IBCLC, a lactation consultant in private practice in the Netherlands, was a breastfeeding counselor for many years. She has been involved with the Dutch breastfeeding association (VBN) since 1994 and is a co-worker of the biggest Dutch breastfeeding website, Marianne’s work is currently focused on secure attachment between babies and their parents and on parental autonomy, which led to her active involvement in preventing the implementation of a national guideline promoting letting babies cry it out. She has also been part of the ILCA Multi-lingual Committee and the Ethics and International Code Committee for two years. In 2011 she published the Dutch translation of Jim McKenna’s ‘Sleeping With Your Baby’. Early 2012 she published the Dutch translation of ‘If My Mom Were a Platypus’ by Dia L. Michels and April 2013 the Dutch translation of ‘Hold Your Prem’ by Jill and Nils Bergman. She actively blogs for her own practice and will start studying Anthropology in September 2014.

Marianne has been married for 29 years and is the mother of four breastfed daughters, aged 18 – 24.