Professional Speaking

rbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, lactation consultant, breastfeeding help, Barbara Robertson, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, MA

Look what Cathy Watson Genna, Liz Brooks, Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Beth Myler say about Barbara’s speaking abilities!

Barbara D. Robertson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, has been an educator for over 25 years.  She has been presenting on the subject of lactation for over 11 years.
Her emphasis on the social/emotional aspects of lactation and communication gives her an unique perspective.
Barbara weaves clinical experience, research based information, and humor together in a perfect blend for optimal learning.  For more information visit Lactspeak for her speaker profile. You can contact Barbara for pricing and availability at or call 734-975-6534.
  • Cathy Watson Genna, BA, IBCLC says, “If you need a presenter on the social-emotional aspects of lactation consulting and communication with clients, Barbara Robertson is your woman. She is a joy to listen to – clear, organized, and challenging. The small group practice opportunities were not only reinforcing but enlightening – I learned about my own reactions and how to better support my clients.”
  • Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA says, “Barbara walks the walk and literally talks the talk of motivational interviewing! She knows the research behind working in a healthcare setting, and helping families find their way to care plan solutions they can handle.  New and seasoned practitioners alike will enjoy hearing this session, engaging in role-plays, and will head home able to put Barbara’s techniques immediately to clinical use!”
  • According to Diane Wiessinger, “Long before Barbara Robertson was an IBCLC, she was an educator.  It shows in her relaxed, confident presentation style.  Barbara knows her stuff.  She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Lactation and helped produced numerous webinars as the past Director of Professional Development for The United States Lactation Consultant Association. In addition to to running a busy private practice and mother-support groups, she teaches a professional-level training course in communication and clinical lactation.  Her speaking topics range from the strictly clinical to the counseling skills that are essential to making those clinical skills count. This combination offers “aha” moments for even the longest-term IBCLC.”
  • Diana West, BA, IBCLC says, “Barbara Robertson is a top-notch speaker.  She is well-versed in her topics and presents engaging and information-rich sessions.  I always look forward to her talks because I know I will walk away both inspired and armed with practical information for my clinical practice.  She will add great value to any conference.”
  • Beth Myler, BSN, RN, IBCLC “Barbara skillfully combines her background in education with her many years of clinical lactation experience to provide evidence-based, engaging and audience-centered presentations. Her expertise in methods to improve communication between providers and their clients/patients is cutting-edge information which is applicable to many allied health professionals’ 21st century communication challenges.”
Barbara can present for an hour or for two weeks!
She is able to present on a wide variety of subjects including:
  • Adoption and Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation
  • Birthing Practices and Breastfeeding
  • Body Modifications and Breastfeeding
  • Breast and Nipple Assessment
  • Breastfeeding and the LGBT Community
  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Communication Skills for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Ethics of Breastfeeding Counseling/Practice
  • Extended Breastfeeding
  • Galactagogues
  • Human Milk Banking
  • Induced Lactation
  • Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding
  • Latching Theory and Techniques
  • Low Milk Production
  • Maternal Assessment for Breastfeeding
  • Nipple and Breast Pain
  • Oversupply / Overactive Milk Ejection
  • Private Practice Lactation Consultation Business Issues
  • Psychology of Breastfeeding
  • Supplementation of the Breastfeeding Infant
  • Tandem Breastfeeding
  • Tools for Breastfeeding Management
  • Weaning
  • Weight gain and loss
  • Working and Breastfeeding
  • Yeast and Breastfeeding
Other speaker endorsements:

“Barbara’s passion for supporting mothers to breastfeed successfully drives her to always be learning, ever curious, and open-minded. Her teaching is engaging, leading edge, and good humored. I have enjoyed the privilege of having Barbara teach classes for expectant parents and doulas in training for my business for many years now and have read hundreds of evaluations of her teaching. One rave review after another, year after year.”

Patty Brennan
Center for the Childbearing Year
“I always enjoy Barbara Robertson’s presentations.  Not only is she knowlegable with up-to-the-minute data regarding lactation, but she is an engaging, warm and humorous speaker.  I’ve seen her speak to mothers, doulas-in-training, and health professionals.  She is able to present at the appropriate level and to involve the participants in their learning.”
Catherine Fischer
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Parenting Classes