Suzanne Colson

Suzanne Colson PhD, MSc, RM

Dr Suzanne Colson, retired midwife and honorary reader at Canterbury Christ Church University, is first and foremost a mother of 3 breastfed children and co-founder of La Leche League, France. Suzanne’s personal journey of extended breastfeeding for 10 years combined with 40 years of clinical experience supporting mothers and a passion for education provides a unique platform for her to innovate on breastfeeding. Suzanne developed the Biological Nurturing approach and completed her PhD research examining the mechanisms of biological nurturing in 2006.  Working closely with Dr Michel Odent in Pithiviers State hospital in the 1980s provided insight into the impact of environmental conditions on maternal instinctual behaviours.  Practising as an NHS caseload midwife for 30 years, Suzanne was responsible for a French-speaking African refugees and reduced the rate of caesarean section for this vulnerable group from 28% to 12% in one year. Suzanne now lectures widely in online Zoom conferences and teaches a 6-day Biological Nurturing certification workshop in both French and English. Since 2018, over 150 health professionals are certified in Biological Nurturing.

Suzanne Colson

Joelle Colson

Joelle Colson BSc, BA

Joelle is a qualified nurse and worked in the NHS community public health sector where she championed infant feeding. Joelle is passionate about breastfeeding, and has personal experience of breastfeeding her 3 children spanning over 10 years. She became a La Leche League Leader in 2007 and is the director of The Nurturing Project, a small organisation with the purpose of disseminating Biological Nurturing research through conferences, workshops and other events. Joelle is an active member of the COFAM (French Coordination for breastfeeding) whose mission it is this year to promote breastfeeding friendly-workplace.  Joelle organises the Biological Nurturing certification 6-day workshop and teaches together with Suzanne; she also has an independent practice working as an antenatal/postnatal doula and BN lactation consultant.  For an individual consultation with Joelle contact