This Is What Your Lactation Consultant Wants to Tell You
When I was first pregnant, I remember spending SO much time thinking and worrying about the birth of my baby that I just about forgot to prepare for all that would happen after my ‘lil bundle arrived!
One of those hot topics that needs some of your mama attention, is breastfeeding.
Because breastfeeding is so personal, emotional, and for some — me, included — difficult at times, it’s so important to turn to the experts for best practice tips, tricks, and advice.
Enter: Wendy Wisner.
Wendy Wisner is a freelance writer, mom of two awesome boys, and a lactation consultant.
I sat down with Wisner to learn the the things that she wishes every new mom knew about breastfeeding.
And luckily for us, she was super generous with both her time and expertise.
3 Things Your Lactation Consultant Wants You To Know
Breastfeeding isn’t “all or nothing.”
This is such an important point and one that I’ll admit that I was lacking when I first struggled to breastfeed. Wisner says, “You don’t have to be an exclusive breastfeeder or feed fully at the breast to make it work.” This should feel like a breath of fresh air and a total and complete confidence booster and salve to any worries you might have! Wisner explains, “You define your own success, and any amount of breastmilk is beneficial to you and your baby.”
Almost all new moms have trouble at the beginning, and have moments they want to give up.
This right here is everything that a worrier mom like me needed to hear. Maybe you can relate! So much of new motherhood feels like you’re all alone, or that you’re the only one struggling. But Wisner explains that this couldn’t be further from the truth. She says, “You’re not meant to figure it out alone; reach out to a breastfeeding support group or lactation consultant for help.” I love this advice so very much, but it’s the next part that I really want to highlight. Wisner goes on to say, “Don’t stop looking until you find someone who can compassionately support you through.” In other words, if you reach out for help and the person or advice don’t feel like good fits to you, it’s not you!<span”> Try again.
Breastfeeding is more than just the milk.
One of things that I loved about learning from Wisner is the way that she zoomed out to what’s really important. Don’t get me wrong, her message is that breast milk is important! But she also says that breastfeeding is one way to connect and bond with your baby. Wisner’s pragmatic approach, though, is what I loved best. She says, “At the same time, if breastfeeding doesn’t work out or you can’t feed your baby directly from the breast, you will find ways to bond. It’s all about touch, connection, and communication through feeding.”
And that’s what really matters, isn’t it? Lots of people say happy wife, happy life. But there’s also something super valuable to happy mom, happy baby. Connect, bond, and ask for help. That’s the best new mom advice I’ve heard in a very long time!