When you’re expecting your first baby everyone around you will give you advice. Sometimes, it can be hard to determine fact from fiction. Women who breastfeed need more than advice and reassurance. Conflicting information on the internet confuses matters even more.
Infant feeding behaviors are deeply rooted in a set of cultural values. And many women have lost the natural connection with their mothers and grandmothers who for thousands of years have been passing down information about motherhood and breastfeeding. Many mothers were not breastfed themselves. However, breastfeeding can be transformational not only for the mother-child relationship but the whole family.
The first few days of breastfeeding can be overwhelming and confusing no matter how prepared or well things are going for you. Lots of mothers feel totally blindsided by this fact. “I thought breastfeeding was supposed to be natural,” they say. Even with all the knowledge and patience in the world, breastfeeding can still be difficult.
Early breastfeeding is a time for learning for both you and your baby. Preparing and knowing what to expect gives you the best chance to get through the early days. Being a new mother makes you reach deep within yourself and find strength and resilience that you didn’t know you had before. American mothers get a few days of rest, pampering and breastfeeding instruction in the hospital. But once they come home, many are essentially left alone with their babies to figure it all out.
Breastfeeding is natural but learned. Each family has its own goals. My role is to help you develop a realistic breastfeeding plan that fits your goals and lifestyle. I will bring expertise and information to facilitate your mother-child bond, the first and most important relationship a human can have. Our goal is to have a successful breastfeeding experience where you feel confident, have a strong foundation and find peace and pleasure as your nurture your baby.