Like many women, I started my breastfeeding journey when I had my children. Thirty-eight years ago, there was little help to be found, breast pumps were poorly designed and hard to use, and many of the older generation had lost the skill of breastfeeding and thus could not provide much support. Even through these barriers and some uncomfortable nursing, I loved breastfeeding! It made me, for the first time, feel empowered as a woman.
I went back to work eventually with each of my two children. With my firstborn, I weaned when he was 2 1/2 months old. Going back to work and pumping was not a realistic option at the time, as pumping at work was not a popular option. With the second baby, I was older, wiser, and determined to breastfeed longer. I joined La Leche League before delivery and then went to meetings after I had the baby. My La Leche League leader's help was so valuable. This experience taught me that asking for assistance can be helpful.
I spent most of my adult life working as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As the years went by it was becoming more obvious that mothers in the NICU were not getting enough support to breastfeed their babies. There was also growing evidence that breastmilk was essential to improving a premature infant’s outcome. I loved helping mothers breastfeed their premature infants, and I was feeling a need to become a Lactation Consultant. I sat for and passed the certification exam in 2008.
Since becoming a Lactation Consultant, I have worked at a private and then at a teaching hospital. I have seen and worked through a wide variety of issues with breastfeeding mothers. One of the most important things I have discovered is that all birth experiences are different, all parents are different, all family dynamics are different, and all babies are different. This means that all feeding plans must be custom-built for the situation, family, mother, and child.
I love helping families.........
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