Happy New Year! In this new year I’m working with Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education in Lawrenceville. With her I will be offering concierge lactation consulatation — both at Shining Light and in-home consults. I’ll be offering classes in Hypnobirthing as well as Breastfeeding for Doulas and other classes. I’m excited and energized to be starting 2015 working with Deena and Shining Light!
Marie Biancuzzo’s interview of me about how doulas can help women succeed with breastfeeding will be on Monday, December 30th at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please listen in! Here is the link to follow for the radio show, “Born to be Breastfed”. Later, the show will join Marie’s show index and can be listened to at any time.
I enjoyed talking with Marie Biancuzzo. Her passion for helping nursing mothers inspires me. She is also kind enough to answer my questions about breastfeeding and breastfeeding research. You never stop learning!
I’m getting ready to record an episode of “Born to Be Breastfed” with Marie Biancuzzo. We’ll be talking especially about how doulas help new mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Marie is a tireless breastfeeding advocate and someone I admire a lot, so I’m really looking forward to our talk. I’ll let you know when the episode airs.
It has aired and you can listen to it here.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2013! In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, please support the nursing mothers that you encounter. How do you support them? Bring a new mom some supper. Help nursing moms feel welcome in public. Let a nursing mom know you support her efforts.
This year’s theme is “breastfeeding support, close to mothers,” and highlights peer counseling. As you can guess, La Leche League does a lot of peer counseling. One reason to consider going to your local La Leche League meeting is that even when breastfeeding goes well, you can get continuous support from moms who are nursing and overcoming the same hurdles you might be facing in raising a new baby.
I’ll be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week in three ways. I’m going to be at Sunday’s “Babies R Us Breastfeeding Expo” at the Bethel Park store. I’ll be representing La Leche League. On Monday, I’ll be teaching new doulas to be peer counselors for breastfeeding moms. And throughout the week, I’ll be helping new moms work through any difficulties with home visits.
Remember, breastfeeding is about more than human milk, it’s an important part of the mother and baby relationship. La Leche League calls the nursing mom and baby a “diad”. Whenever you can support nursing mothers, you are also supporting happy babies!
We just had the Western Pennsylvania La Leche League conference with guest speaker Marian Tompson. It was wonderful to hear her speak. Not only is she one of the seven original founding mothers of LLL, she was also the first president as well. I was able to speak with her after her session and gave her a copy of my book: Doulas’ Guide to to Birthing Your Way, which I signed for her. As she thanked me for the book, she told me she was glad to see that I had put La Leche League Leader after my name as one of my credentials. She was also glad to see that Dr. Kennell had written the forward to the book. She knew Dr. Kennell and was glad to see he was still out and about.
At the conference I spoke on two topics: “Influencing Breastfeeding Behavior through Advocacy & Action” and also “Communicating with Health-Care Providers: How to Be an Effective Health-Care Consumer”. I was able to speak about several ways women in Pittsburgh can help accomplish our goal of having a breastfeeding culture. It was a fun conference and it was great to see so many mom/baby nursing dyads!