Since 2003, Ameda has offered more than 150 live educational programs for clinicians presented by world-class researchers and authors who are thought leaders in the field. Ameda’s speakers have included:

Fleur Bickford, BSc, RN, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science from Queen's University. Her nursing background is in maternal and newborn care and she currently works as an IBCLC in private practice in Ottawa, Ontario. Fleur is very active in the lactation community as president of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants and a professional speaker whose talks and articles have been shared internationally. Fleur is passionate about supporting breastfeeding families and helping mothers to reach their personal goals. When she is not working on her website and blog at, she can often be found connecting with moms and professionals worldwide through Twitter (@NurturedChild) and Facebook (NurturedChild). View the webinar delivered by Ms. Bickford: “Breastfeeding & Social Media – A New Tool for Your Toolbox”.
Jill Radtke Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of General Academic Pediatrics. Before obtaining IBCLC certification in 2010, she worked clinically as a staff nurse on a mother-baby unit for five years. Dr. Demirci received her PhD in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her dissertation was a qualitative grounded theory study investigating breastfeeding establishment and maternal role acquisition in mothers of late preterm infants. Her clinical and research interests involve breastfeeding issues of late preterm mother-infant dyads, perceived insufficient milk supply management and "diagnosis," and perceptual and communication -related barriers to breastfeeding continuation and exclusivity. She is currently conducting a pilot study comparing the effect of meditation versus an herbal supplement on the perception of insufficient milk supply in mothers of late preterm and early term infants. View Mrs Radtke Demirci webinar "Supporting Breastfeeding in Late Preterm Mother-Infant Dyads: Merging Current Evidence with Maternal Insights"
Vergie Hughes, MS, RN, IBCLC, FILCA has a long history of experience in Maternal Child Health including labor and delivery, postpartum and pediatrics, and for the past 25 years she has been involved in lactation management as an IBCLC. Ms Hughes has a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS from Georgetown University. While employed at Georgetown University Hospital she was the director of the Human Milk Bank, developed the National Capitol Lactation Center, and The Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained over 3,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception. She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, operating her own lactation center, Washington’s Families First. Ms. Hughes is the Program Director for Lactation Education Resources (LER, This online and on-site program offers training programs for prospective and current lactation consultants. In addition, LER offers educational programs for nurses and health care providers employed by hospitals looking to meet BabyFriendly requirements. Ms Hughes was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award”, being named a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA). View the webinar delivered by Ms. Hughes: “Using the Joint Commission Perinatal Core Measurement for Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding to Improve Breastfeeding Care: Effective Strategies for Data Collection and Compliance”.
Terese Larkin, BSN, RN, IBCLC is the primary researcher and author for the study on the Ameda Platinum breast pump Examining the Use and Outcomes of a New Hospital-Grade Breast Pump in Exclusively Pumping NICU Mothers, published in the February, 2013 edition of Advances in Neonatal Care. She started her career in the NICU, caring for premature infants at the bedside and overseeing the unit as a charge nurse. She transitioned into the role of the NICU lactation consultant once she became certified as an IBCLC and has been in this role for the past 10 years. Read the abstract of her research publication on the Ameda Platinum breast pump.

Catherine Watson Genna has been an IBCLC in private practice in NYC since 1992. She has a special interest in the anatomical, genetic and neurological influences on infant sucking skills, and writes and speaks internationally on these topics. Her current research projects involve utilizing ultrasound to examine tongue movements during breastfeeding in infants with ankyloglossia; and studying suck-swallow rhythms using cervical auscultation.  She is the author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, currently in its second edition, and Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the USLCA  Journal Clinical Lactation. View the webinar delivered by Ms. Watson-Genna, “Assessing for Tongue-Tie”.