It's very rewarding being on the front lines of breastfeeding support; to sit with another mother or parent and talk them through difficult times. To see them go from the early day wobbles to that confident parent they were unsure that they'd become. I love it and can't imagine not doing what I do. I feel so privileged to get to witness this private moment in people's lives.
BUT, this blog isn't about me or the breastfeeding supporter that sits with the parent in that time
Her nipples are bleeding, her 5 day old baby is hungry and she's crying because she has had to offer some bottles of expressed milk because she couldn't bare the pain of feeding. She cries and asks if this is the end. All she wanted was to breastfeed, but she can't and she's so upset she isn't breastfeeding like she'd planned to. This isn't the account of any one mother, but the account of so many mothers that I have sat with. They had a plan that they were going to breastfee
Fill a room with 100 expectant parents and you can count on about 85-90 of those parents wanting to breastfeeding their baby. They know it's something they want to do and they fully intend to provide their baby with their own breastmilk straight from the source. However, by 6 months, only 1 of those babies will still be exclusively breastfeeding. It's quite a staggering statistic, only 1% of babies is England will be following the UNICEF and WHO recommendations to be exclusiv
Having knowledgeable professionals is integral to supporting parents, but what if the people that need it have no financial recourse to access it? And what if the people offering it require payment?...The ramblings of a not so happy IBCLC on IBCLC day. I have been a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor for 5 years. Once I discovered my own passion for breastfeeding and helping other mothers to reach their own breastfeeding goals, I decided that this volunteer role was something