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
I first met Diedre at Yale-New Haven’s B.A.B.Y. Program. Our sons were born mere hours apart down the street from each other (she delivered at the St. Raphael’s Campus).
Diedre stuck out to me in those early days because was so warm, caring and honest. As new moms, we had a lot of questions, and she seemed unafraid to be honest in sharing her experiences and trials. Like me, Diedre struggled in the beginning to get nursing off on the right foot, but she was so willing to listen to other moms and offer sympathetic words of encouragement or a similar anecdote. I loved her honesty. Here is a little bit about Diedre:
Connecticut mom Diedre Murch set out to breastfeed her son from the beginning. What she didn’t expect was how hard it would be to get started and how different it would be from what she imagined. Continue reading
My friend gave birth to her second child three weeks ago. Breastfeeding has been going well for her, except for a bit of an over supply, for which she is working with a lactation consultant to correct. We made plans to meet at B.A.B.Y. Group yesterday. A few hours before, she texted me to let me know she had mastitis and wasn’t sure she would be able to make it.
This painful experience is very common in the first couple weeks of breastfeeding because the body is just figuring out how to regulate itself. Continue reading
On Sunday, I finally got my act together to go back to B.A.B.Y. Program. Led by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), Irene, this support group for nursing mothers meets three times per week at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s Campus. (Learn more about my experience at this program.)
As a working mom, I find my weekends easily become packed with things to do, people to see, homework (I’m currently taking a course at Quinnipiac University), and making sure we have some quality time as a family. This makes it very hard to commit to anything on a regular basis. For months I had been meaning to go back to group.
B.A.B.Y. Program was where I first really believed that we might be able to find success with breastfeeding. Continue reading