Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month? The first week of August is also International Breastfeeding week. It's an extra special time this year because recently laws were passed that made it so that it is legal to breastfeed in public in all fifty United States. Hooray!
Breastfeeding is so important for many reasons. You can read more about the benefits at the CDC's website.
It's also very important to get the support you need. According to the CDC: "Most mothers want to breastfeed but stop early due to a lack of ongoing support." I also believe a good support system is vital in breastfeeding success. I would be happy to contribute to your support group as I can share any of my experiences with you especially if it helps you overcome any breastfeeding problems. Although I have no training either medical or as a doula or lactation consultant, I still have my own breastfeeding experiences with my three children to lean on. Between the three of them I have breastfed for a combined 40 months! I hope I can offer support to any moms that will work with me through my experiences. For example, I know what it's like to struggle with many common breastfeeding issues: poor latch, cracked nipples, low supply, having a baby with food sensitivities, a nursing strike, and feeling shame when breastfeeding uncovered in public as well as learning to overcome that shame.
If you would like more information these are some resources that I found invaluable during my breastfeeding years: La Leche League and Kelly Mom. You can also find loads of supportive mommy groups on Facebook and Baby Center.
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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