Dr Masson is the medical director of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Kids Clinic in Sydney, Australia. She is an integrative paediatrician with a Medical Doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin and a Master in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians and of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She is also a board certified lactation consultant. She specialises in a nutritional and environmental approach to children’s health, developmental and behavioural problems. At the NIIM Kids Sydney clinic she leads a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, supervises training of paediatricians in integrative medicine and provides clinical care to children and teenagers from birth to 18 years of age.
In this workshop Dr Masson will review the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for young children. She will also point out potential deficiencies associated with a vegan diet and supplements that can prevent these deficiencies. Recent research has revealed nutritional deficiencies associated with an increased risk of congenital defects and developmental and behavioural problems, including ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Dr Masson will discuss this research and present a guideline on dietary and nutritional support for pregnancy and lactation that may help to minimise those risks.