I often think about continuums. They are everywhere with many of us falling somewhere in the middle most of the time. There are two breastfeeding continuums that come to mind. First, the desire to breastfeed. For some this is strong and it is going to happen regardless of even the toughest of circumstances in whatever form possible: exclusive breastfeeding, partial breastfeeding, prolonged pumping with some eventual latching, or exclusive pumping, each defining their own success. For others, there is aversion that can be attributable to various life experiences, marketing forces, or simply an indifference to this part of our biology. And then, there are those in between where perhaps many of the 60% of women who report stopping breastfeeding before meeting personal goals find themselves.
We are starting to notice a trend in inquiries about the lactation field here at Nurture Columbus. First of all, we are so excited! We need more great professionals entering this field. We need more diversity, advocacy, and quality care. Second, we know this isn’t an easy field to “break into.” So, please, if it’s your passion, keep knocking on doors, keep studying, and keep persisting!
It is Labor Day in the United States! What better day to talk about working and breastfeeding? We know many are laboring in various ways at home, at workplaces, on the road, in the air, during the day, through the night and we salute you! And, we know that paid leave laws need to be improved. Until then, and even beyond, we are here to help you figure it all out. Incorporating breastfeeding into busy schedules and lives is not always easy. With preparation, understanding and support, you CAN do this! Here are some helpful hints on how to maintain Supply, Connection and Energy:
I am Allyson, a lactation consultant and physical therapist with Nurture Columbus. What? A physical therapist and a lactation consultant? Why? After working for years as a physical therapist in various settings across the country and seeing the direct impact of sub-optimal nutrition and emotional connection manifest in chronic health crises, I am thankful to be working with new families in their homes. After all, learning is best accomplished in a familiar and comfortable space, and lifelong health is best optimized when a baby has breastfed as much as possible.
I’m Julie, a Lactation Consultant for Nurture Columbus. If you text or call us you’ll hear back from either myself or Allyson (our other Lactation Consultant and Physical Therapist). There is no middleman, you’ll be talking to a consultant right away! I have worked in many settings and this by far is my favorite: being the one to take your call and hear your concerns directly; meet with you in your home, with your chairs and pillows for feeding; and then provide consistent care through ongoing follow up.