Not knowing anyone who breastfed their baby, or never having seen another woman breastfeed her baby, I had no frame of reference , no role models in the breastfeeding arena. There was 1 book on the library shelf and it was The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, written by a group of woman from La Leche League. I did not get this book until after my daughter was born. So, the breastfeeding class was the only place I received information on preparing for breastfeeding and what to expect when my baby was born. There were many days and nights that were filled with painful breastfeeding and major sleep deprivation. I learned a lot along the way. Humor was helpful. My baby getting bigger was helpful. It took us a while, but soon breastfeeding became enjoyable and easy. Through my experience, I learned to work hard to not judge another mother for the choices she makes. We are all doing the best we can. I choose to focus on education and support. This is my first breastfeeding experience
Quote – I do remember the teacher saying.. that the breasts, while a sexual organ, have a primary purpose and that is to feed our babies. I remember the teacher saying this often enough and in several different ways. I got the message and while there was some poor information shared in that class, I am forever grateful that the message about breastfeeding being normal and my milk is the milk my baby should get, resonated, made perfect sense and I never looked back.
Links – Breastfeeding help before your baby is born. Prenatal Skype Consult
My favorite book to recommend to new mothers. Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohbracher
Lesson learned: You don’t need to do anything to prepare your nipples for breastfeeding. If you have specific concerns about flat or inverted nipples or other questions about your nipples, speak with an IBCLC before your baby is born.
Words of Wisdom to a new mother: I share this mantra often – Breastfeeding is not suppose to hurt. Not on Day 1 or Day 2 or Day 3. If it is, don’t wait any longer, get help.
Contact info: allaboutbreastfeeding.biz/contact , Facebook link
Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC
Lori Jill Isenstadt, IBCLC is a huge breastfeeding supporter. She has spent much of her adult life working in the maternal health field. Once she became turned on to birth and became a childbirth educator, there was no stopping her love of working with families during their childbearing years. Lori became a Birth doula and a Postpartum doula and soon became a lactation consultant. She has been helping moms and babies with breastfeeding for over 25 years. Lori founded her private practice, All About Breastfeeding where she meets with moms one on one to help solve their breastfeeding challenges. She is an international speaker, book author and the host of the popular itunes podcast, All About Breastfeeding, the place where the girls hang out. You can reach Lori by email at: [email protected] or contact her via her website: allaboutbreastfeeding.biz/contact
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