Today I want to formally introduce you to my friend and colleague,Trish Hanning. I shared recently that I ride a motorcycle, so you know enough about me, right?! Let's talk about Trish!
Trish and I have actually known each other for a couple years now, but it was just last year that we decided to begin working together. It has been wonderful! If you check out Trish's bio, you'll see her experience in breastfeeding and lactation is extensive. She brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion and dedication to Sweet Songs Breastfeeding. I'm pretty excited to have her on board.
I wanted to do a little interview with Trish so everyone could get to know a bit more about her and some of her views on breastfeeding. Read on to learn more!
1. In your bio you say that the breastfeeding experiences with your two children influenced your career choice. Can you expand on that?
My personal experiences definitely impacted the career I have chosen. Unfortunately, but I think like many other women, I had zero exposure to breastfeeding prior to having children. Luckily, I worked in the NICU helping mothers getting their new babies to latch, but that was of course quite different than my personal experience. I had a girlfriend at work that had a baby six months before me and she became my go to person when I was nursing. I'll be honest, my babies weaned early because I didn't know about full term breastfeeding or the importance of supply and demand when it comes to maintaining an ample supply. So, yeah, personal experience definitely shaped my career choice and how I approach new mothers today.
2. At Sweet Songs Breastfeeding, we provide lactation consultation to women prenatally and in the postpartum period. What is the number one concern these women have regarding breastfeeding and what do you tell them in response?
Most moms I have spoken with tell me that they have more concerns about breastfeeding than delivery. They've heard so many negative experiences; it's such a shame. They wonder: "Is my baby even going to latch? Is it going to hurt? I'm just not confident I'll succeed". I usually explain that tenderness is normal but pain while breastfeeding is not. I explain that, yeah, the first few days are the hardest, but that it will be much easier after the first few weeks. I try to give them as much of what to expect in the beginning. I explain cluster feeding, so they aren't caught off guard. I try to tell them about the exhaustion from frequent night feedings. And I always encourage lots of skin to skin. I think one of the other pieces of advice I give is to get support-from me, from family, from doctors; find your circle and stay there!
3. What are your three best tips for getting breastfeeding off to the right start?
Ooh, this is tough. Just three?! Definitely, doing lots of skin to skin, not using the clock to feed, and knowing expected output and expected weight loss. Oh and a fourth-call an IBCLC if you need to!
4. Women are often told about herbs or foods that can boost their supply. What do you say to that?
I feel the more natural we can boost supply the better. It's important that mothers know, though, that not all supplements work for everyone. First and foremost, I discuss supply and demand; research tells us this is the way the body naturally regulates supply to meet our baby's needs. If it is a true supply issue, then we may discuss medications and I always encourge she discuss her concerns and our plan both with her doctor and her pediatrician.
5. Lastly, how do you believe the IBCLC empowers a woman on her journey through motherhood? How does the act of breastfeeding have the potential to influence her for years to come?
An IBCLC gives a mother the tools and support needed to achieve her breastfeeding goals. I feel like the act of breastfeeding can give a woman more confidence in many other aspects of motherhood. It's this unforgettable foundation and leap into womanhood. The breastfeeding journey is incredibly influential.
Thank you Trish for sharing! I hope you enjoyed our interview!