Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally.
It’s a phrase that’s touted often, but I wish I had taken it to heart before giving birth. For the past eighteen months, I have had the privilege of breastfeeding my son. But, we didn’t get to this point alone. The lactation professionals who worked with Leo and me were an amazing source of knowledge and support. They helped me overcome a range of obstacles I never expected, including latch issues, mastitis, tongue-tie, cracked nipples, and insufficient supply.
So powerful was their influence that I knew I would eventually want to become a lactation counselor, too. This week, I’m finally going to make that goal a reality. Continue reading