I was blown away this morning. It was hands down the single best moment of my working life as an IBCLC to date. Early last year I had an email from a lady who was expecting her first child and was enquiring about some antenatal breastfeeding support. It seemed pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. It was only when I spoke to her on the phone, that I realised how amazing this journey with her was to become.
The couple were pregnant via a surrogate, having survived years of heartbreak in their own journey to have a baby. This mama-to-be had heard about induced lactation, an incredible process through which a non-pregnant woman is able to establish a milk supply and breastfeed a child.
She wanted my help to get started. We had four months until the baby was due. Through a combination of medication, herbal supplements, breast massage, round-the-clock expressing, positivity, love and sheer maternal dedication, her milk started flowing. And it flowed. And it flowed. And it flowed some more! When her baby was born and she was first able to hold her, the midwife tried to tell her not to bother attempting to breastfeed and to put the baby straight on the bottle (note: the baby wasn’t born in the UK). This awe-inspiring mama politely told this midwife exactly where to…
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