Apart from the sleepless nights, the hormone changes, and realizing you’re a mom, the thing that most new moms struggle with is breastfeeding. For some moms, it comes naturally and is super easy. For others, it is a painful and tearful journey. There are so many different factors that go into breastfeeding…
- You’re exhausted and sore and yet need to remember which breast you nursed on last
- Your nipples are chapped and raw
- Your baby may have difficulty latching
- Mastitis is the milk duct devil in disguise
- You end your nights with cold cabbage leaves to help with engorgement
- You feel a strange connection and sympathize to mama cows when you use a breast pump for the first time
Breastfeeding would be so much easier if you had a trained professional to help you through the process.
Brandy is a certified lactation education counselor. She is a single mom of two, and works as a 9-1-1 first responder dispatcher.
She is able to help new moms in person and online have successful breastfeeding experiences. New moms are able to contact her through social media to have their breastfeeding questions answered.
Brandy teaches about a natural and holistic approach to breastfeeding. While most western doctors will prescribe antibiotics to help alleviate mastitis, Brandy tells moms to take Vitamin C and Echinacea. We have all heard about the amazing benefits of raw garlic. A clove of raw garlic every four hours and continuous nursing can help with mastitis symptoms as well. She also educates new moms about foods and medicines that are not safe for mothers to consume while breastfeeding.
The first two weeks after a baby is born, are usually the most challenging. Brandy encourages and supports new moms not to give up and continue to work through the hard moments.
I loved breastfeeding my kids and I feel passionate about it and want to be able to help other moms because I know there isn’t a lot of support.
Brandy has nurses both of her daughters and continues to nurse her youngest. It is a comforting bond between both of them that she wants to hold onto for as long as possible.
This is the tightrope that Brandy walks.
What tightrope do you walk?