I asked my very close friend Ali (pictured in the photo above, walking through a park while breastfeeding her toddler back in 2013), to write up a testimonial for me for this website. Its tricky when you ask someone close to you for a testimonial, but I knew I had really helped Ali through her incredible breastfeeding journey, and knew she would want to write about it. So beyond our serious closeness through college and way beyond that, I knew she would be raw and real and explain maybe even better than I can, why moms in need of help and support after birth, should want to use me. Her testimonial was so long that it went to a new page in our text message conversation and I figured there was NO way anyone would read it on the testimonial page. So I decided to place it here, for those mamas who feel like reading. (Let me also say that Ali happens to be a killer writer, so reading anything she writes is pretty magical). Here it is:
Should anyone, (aside from Jamie!) actually wish to spen...
This is an incredibly powerful poem written by a black slave about having to breastfeed her masters children. Its unbelievably moving and deeply effective. Some of the slave women who nursed and gave life to the masters children were not allowed to nurse their own babies. Its heartbreaking.
“You were afraid to nurse your young
lest fallen breast offend your master’s sight
and he should flee to firmer loveliness.
And so you passed them, your children, on to me.
Flesh that was your flesh and blood that was your blood
drank the sustenance of life from me.
And as I gave suckle I knew I nursed my own child’s enemy.
I could have lied,
told you your child was fed till it was dead of hunger.
But I could not find the heart to kill orphaned innocence.
For as it fed, it smiled and burped and gurgled with content
and as for color knew no difference.
Yes, in that first while
I kept your sons and daughters alive.
But when they grew strong in blood and bone
that was of my milk
taught them to...
Today is the second time since my daughter Demi was born almost 3 months ago that someone has reported a photograph of me breastfeeding my daughter as "nudity" to Facebook. I am happy to say that Facebook however, did not agree with this person, and my photos remain. This honestly just makes my blood boil. Whoever this person is, I left them a message on my facebook page and it went like this:
"If you think a photo of a woman nourishing and feeding her baby is nudity or you find it inappropriate, then PLEASE DE-FRIEND ME. I will continue to post these photos because I find breastfeeding to be one the most incredible things I've ever done in my life. I am what keeps my infant alive and healthy. Me alone. My baby and I stare into each others eyes during these special times. There is nothing better than watching her feed and hearing her sweet sounds of pure happiness and comfort. She takes breaks from feeding to smile and coo up at me. She feels so loved and so safe. I believe th...
Hiya! The most amazing news! After 3 days, the pain on my left breast had completely gone away and the vasospams had stopped. After 2 more weeks, the right breast is pain free and there are no more vasospasms. HALLELUJAH!!!! I AM PAIN FREE! I think its really important that all mamas know that it should not hurt to feed your baby. There is a difference between being sore in the beginning weeks versus having deep pains, severe damage, vasospasms. It is so important that you keep trying to find answers and you always trust yourself. Please don't give up on breastfeeding your baby because of pain and look for help! I am here, other IBCLC's are here and we want you to love your breastfeeding experience.
Hello breastfeeding mamas, breastfeeding supporters and advocates! This is my very first blog post. I think this is super important for me to share, as it shows that breastfeeding can have its serious challenges, even for a lactation consultant. My own experience has changed and helped my practice as a registered nurse (RN), as a lactation consultant (IBCLC), and as a breastfeeding mama.
I gave birth to my sweet little girl Demi Beatrice 5 weeks ago, on Sept 21, 2015. She is my first baby. Since I was 18 years old, I've have had the most amazing breastfeeding dreams. I couldn't wait to finally have that unique closeness to a child that I would create through the breastfeeding experience. After coaching hundreds and maybe thousands of parents on breastfeeding for over 7 years at NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, it was finally my turn and I thought everything would be perfect. I thought it HAD to be and was supposed to be perfect for this serious breastfeeding advocate and lo...