The group is not reserved just for new moms! There are plenty of 2nd and 3rd time moms who have had rough breastfeeding experiences the first time round, and would benefit from support with their subsequent children. And pregnant moms can get lots of information before the baby arrives so they can make an informed decision. Grandma is always welcome to attend with mom too! The meetings and any follow-up phone care are completely free of charge. There are no strings attached. Meets the first Thursday of every month at Bee Well Pediatrics and are voluntarily lead by Tanja Knutson, IBCLC. Please contact Tanja to get more details or reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-720-9688. Space is limited to 10-12.
Some words from Tanja about why she volunteers as a lactation consultant: ‘I am an accredited breastfeeding counselor and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and I operate these groups on a volunteer, unpaid basis. Why? Because 17 years ago, I struggled desperately to breastfeed my first born. He could not have formula, as all the brands made him very sick, and unlike amazing Austin, there was no Milk Bank. For the first five weeks of my son’s life, I was in agony, and cried more than he did.
When I finally realized that help was available in my community, I was amazed at how quickly the pain dissipated with a subtle latch correction, a reassuring word, and gentle, non-judgmental support from other mothers. I realized that if I can learn to breastfeed, maybe I could help others to do so, and maybe they wouldn’t have to suffer like I did. I have been volunteering every month for the past 12 years now, in 4 different countries. And it’s beautiful to see that there is one thing that is universal: all moms do better with loving support and solid information.
So that’s what I aim to provide through my mother-to-mother groups: a safe place for a mom to meet other breastfeeding moms, get her questions answered based on both scientific research and mama wisdom, and get support to meet her breastfeeding goals regardless of whether she wants to breastfeed for 6 days, 6 weeks or 6 months (or beyond!) If ever I see that a mom needs help beyond my scope of practice (such a post-partum depression, a failure-to-thrive baby, pharmaceutical questions, etc) then I refer her to the appropriate professionals.’