Two months ago the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) asked me to join a webinar discussing the importance of breastfeeding. I was honored (and surprised!) they had seen my blog and were interested in my opinions as a nursing mother.
The IBCLC stresses the health benefits of nursing for both mom and baby. As someone who is interested in trying to live a healthful life, I like knowing exactly what my precious baby is drinking. Fortunately I was never on any medication or had other obstacles (other than the occasional bite!) that prevented us from having a successful nursing relationship. The first few weeks were tough as I struggled, like many do, with correct latch and tenderness until it sorted itself out. I’m part of a generation that benefits from nearly unlimited research and support if you seek it out. Even though I was in pain for a few weeks, everything I had heard and read said we would figure it out… and we did.