Diana Estep, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC has worked in the fields of Maternal-Child Health and Breastfeeding/Human Lactation for more than 30 years. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Lactation for a community-based home health corporation in St. Louis, MO. Prior to her current role, Diana held the position of Nurse Manager for Perinatal Education at a large metropolitan acute-care hospital. Her extensive background includes clinical breastfeeding management of both high and low-risk mothers and infants in hospital-based and community settings. She has conducted and coordinated federal and state-funded clinical research relating to breastfeeding and infantile colic.
Having served for a number of years as a local agency WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, Diana administered a lively WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training Program. She has been a committed activist in the public health promotion and support of human milk feeding and was a co-founding member of the St. Louis Model Standards Breastfeeding Taskforce.
In a rather unique aspect of her career, Diana has worked as a lactation consultant to The St. Louis Zoo. Having a special interest in the infant feeding behaviors of a variety of mammalian species, Diana has assisted in successful efforts to save both the lives and breastfeeding relationships of, among others, pachyderms and equine. You will find her an engaging public speaker to professional and general audiences on topics related to maternal-child health, education, breastfeeding and human lactation.