I may have mentioned this before, but sometimes I'll see a cluster of moms with similar situations within a short period of time. Figuring the universe is telling me something (although now I'm not so sure what that says about me - have you seen Amy Schumer's sketch?), I try and look at these patterns from a more global perspective.
Recently, I've had a group of moms both in one of my support groups and those I've been seeing individually, who are struggling with the contrasts, commentaries, realities and emotions of formula feeding. Working with these amazing moms has been truly enriching on a level beyond that of just feeding practices. Honestly, it has made me think about where I can next take my desire to help moms navigate early parenthood, since some might say by definition, the title of "Lactation Consultant" can be limiting.
It has always been important to me, and I feel may set me apart from what some other LCs may practice, to be extremely open, non-judgemental, supportive and forthcoming with options that encompass the gamut of feeding choices. I've had the honor this week to help some mommas with their decisions that ultimately are making their lives more manageable and in turn, allowing them space to better enjoy and connect with their babies. How apropos that this NY Times article came out today? I was prepared to feel defensive when I first saw the title. After reading, I recognize a lot of it resonates with me, although the controversy this piece may incite amongst my colleagues and moms all over will be mighty, I imagine. I'm interested to see how it plays out.
In the meantime, as a Lactation Consultant, I will continue to support all moms who come to me with evidence-based information AND the understanding and connection that we are all so individual that our feeding choices and practices should reflect that individuality without judgement from others or ourselves.