#ThanksToMyCLC

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

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The 3 Organizations I Am Supporting on #GivingTUESDAY

Today is #GivingTUESDAY.

This has become one of my new favorite traditions. Following on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, this day provides an opportunity to give back to your local, national, and global communities.

It’s always tough for me to pick because there are so many worthy organizations doing amazing work. This year, I sent donations to three amazing organizations that are helping families meet their breastfeeding goals. Continue reading

Plugged ducts: what you can be doing today to prevent them tomorrow

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

Going back

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