Melissa is a writer/editor specializing in family and child well-being. She is recently retired as a project director at Family Voices, a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping families—especially those with children and youth with special health care needs—at the center of health care, and is also a retired La Leche League Leader with 27+ years of experience helping moms and babies breastfeed. She is co-author of La Leche League co-founder Marian Tompson’s memoir, Passionate Journey—My Unexpected Life, and co-editor (with Australian Virginia Thorley) of The 10th Step & Beyond: Mother Support for Breastfeeding. Melissa is the mother of two and grandmother of 6, and enjoys spending her retirement sewing for the grandkids.

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