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Supporting Breastfeeding Online

By on Jul 26, 2013 in Breastfeeding |

My journey toward breastfeeding support began 7 years ago, after I graduated from college with my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.  I taught in an elementary school for a year before I had my first baby, when I left teaching to stay at home.   After I became a mother, I discovered my love for birth and breastfeeding. I attended trainings and received certifications to become a birth doula, monitrice, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulator.  I eventually discovered my passion and aptitude for helping women breastfeed, and decided to become a Lactation Consultant.   Once my older children started kindergarten, I taught High School Resource English online.  I wouldn’t describe myself as a very high-tech person, and even married a computer geek so I wouldn’t have to learn about computers. (I always joke that my husband is my IT department.)  He helped me a lot in the beginning, but I eventually figured things out.  My confidence with technology grew as I learned to work with students and parents remotely.   Eventually, I saw the benefit and possibilities of supporting breastfeeding women online.  I quit my job and dedicated myself fully to breastfeeding support.  Much of the support that I offer is online; there are so many ways to support a breastfeeding woman in a virtual environment, such as web searches, breastfeeding blogs, forums, email groups, social media threads, and even video conferencing.  Breastfeeding women have access to more resources and support than ever before. One of the easiest ways for a breastfeeding woman to get answers to her questions and make an informed decision is to do a simple web search.  It is helpful to search for the exact information that is needed such as “symptoms of mastitis” or “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough breastmilk?”.  There are researched-based articles on numerous blogs and websites dedicated solely to birth and breastfeeding issues.  Women can subscribe and follow regularly, finding excellent answers to most questions.  Joining Yahoo’s email-based discussion groups allows her to ask questions and respond when others have questions. One of the most convenient ways for a Lactation Consultant to offer support to a breastfeeding woman is through texting and email.  This gives the...

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