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Jan deQuillfeldt


“It was very scary, it was the hardest thing I have ever done and also so wonderful as it released me.”


Jan dequillfeldt

Episode 011     Jan deQuillfeldt, M.S – How motherhood and finding her own voice helped Jan succeed with breastfeeding her daughter

Her Story

Jan tells us how her childhood experiences, specifically her relationship with her mother, paved the way for her future as a psychotherapist. She describes herself as a late bloomer, in more ways than one. For example, she enrolled in Graduate School when she was 48. Jan describes how she felt when her mother told her that at 3 weeks old, Jan rejected her as she did not want to breastfeed. She shares some intimate moments related to breastfeeding her babies and how shocked she was that breastfeeding was very different with her second baby than with her first. Jan talks about the difficulty she had breastfeeding her son as she suffered with postpartum depression. She felt devastated by this and needed to get help for her depression. Jan shares her mother guilt about how her postpartum depression affected all areas of mothering her son. She also talks about her role as a Library Program Coordinator and facilitator trainer in Mom-mentum and what this means to her.

LinksBrene Browne exclusive Ted talk

Book:     The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Words of wisdom to the new mother: Trust yourself, you know yourself and your baby more than anyone else. There is lots of wonderful support and information for you, but you are the bottom line. You are the person who has the greatest take on what you need and what your baby needs and that will continue throughout their lives Just let the little beings develop to be the people they were suppose to be and trust that process and your relationship with them and that will set you free, from all that guilt I was talking about.

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