I'm Not Perfect


I’m not. Nope, not at all. Not as a lactation consultant and certainly not as a mother.

Let me back up. Why am I writing about this? At a recent home consultation I was working with a mother who had delivered by cesarean birth. When I casually commiserated about the abdominal pain and difficult recovery following a cesarean birth she stopped me. “You had a cesarean birth?! You?! I thought you likely had a non-medicated home birth with no interventions and no complications and breastfeeding was super easy and amazing!” That’s when it hit me. My clients often think I come to this work from a place of perfection or ideal motherhood. It is quite the opposite. I come to this work because I’ve been where you are. I had the birth center transfer turned hospital cesarean. I had the epidural that caused numbness to my ears, speech slurring and interruption to breastfeeding. I’m human. I’ve been there. I come to this work in hopes that I can be empathetic. I come to you as a trained lactation professional, but also as a plain ol’ mom who has had her best plans changed by life!

At yet another recent consultation, as I was explaining safe formula preparation, I casually spoke about feeding my son formula. The mom stopped me mid sentence. "Wait, what?! You should lead with that. I feel so much better with supplementation knowing you did it too," she said relieved. Yep. I finger fed formula to my first child as I wept, nipples bleeding, milk dripping from my breasts. I had unexpected curveballs with both my babies!

While I won't say I've been in every same situation as the families I serve, I share some common first time parent experiences. And I'm confident I can say the same for my partners, Amy and Trish.

So next time we are chatting at your consultation, please remember that I hold no judgement, and certainly no perfection or superiority. I come to you with an empathetic ear, an open mind and professional expertise to help you meet your lactation and parenting goals!

#parenting #breastfeeding #formula

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Tampa Breastfeeding Center

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Lutz, Fl 33548

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Sweet Songs Breastfeeding, LLC

Proud Partner of the Tampa Breastfeeding Center

Mary Unangst, IBCLC, Trish Hanning, IBCLC and Amy Hammant, IBCLC

Registered, Board Certified and Insured

205 Crystal Grove Blvd

Lutz, Fl 33548

(813) 892-8990

email: sweetsongsbreastfeeding@gmail.com

 

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