birth, breast feeding, breastfeeding, childbirth, doula, homebirth, lactation consultant, natural childbirth, pregnancy, pregnant, CLCHere’s the thing. Women need support for a lot of things in those early postpartum days, but breastfeeding support probably tops the list.

I don’t remember the moment I decided to breastfeed. I didn’t have a huge revelation or earth-shattering experience pushing me to it. I just had a feeling and a lot of research indicating it was ideal for a multitude of reasons.
I began the hunt for information during my pregnancy with my oldest. I made checklists and plans [because that’s what I do]. I attended La Leche League meetings and breastfeeding classes and I started to build my momma community. I had no idea how critical those decisions would be for me in my future years as a mother.
I remember the moment Little Man arrived. I put him to my breast instinctively after birth and nursed him the best way I knew how. We had our challenges. Ohhh we had our challenges. I hurt and I was exhausted.
This is where my people came in. Those women knew how important breastfeeding was to me and they helped me with babywearing and sleeping and pumping and so many other things that it sort of makes me tear up to think about it. Alicia Fonder, a lactation consultant, helped us learn about breastfeeding positions and ways to recognize early nursing cues. When my second child was born prematurely, I was surrounded by even more women who supported our plan to breastfeed exclusively (which is a difficult thing to do in the NICU).
Around the same time, I started facilitating a local breastfeeding support group. I also educated myself on employee rights and began advocating for my coworkers and improving mother’s rooms at various businesses around town.  I helped employers identify appropriate locations and break times for expressing breast milk using the Business Case for Breastfeeding model. I was starting to recognize my passion to help new moms, specifically with childbirth and breastfeeding and decided to complete my doula training through DONA. This brings me to the spectacular, week-long Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding lactation consultant training course that I attended with several close friends and a roomful of other women just as passionate as us. We studied with each other. We gave back rubs. We shared food. We encouraged each other. Because that’s what doulas do.
And now we are lactation counselors together, providing an additional level breastfeeding support to the experiences and understanding we already possessed. I couldn’t be more proud to share in this distinction with these fine women and I look forward to what the future holds as I begin this journey as a Certified Lactation Counselor.


Lisa GroonAbout the Author ::

Lisa Groon is a certified birth doula and lactation counselor and feels passionately about the concept of building a community to support families during the incredibly challenging and rewarding journey of parenting. Lisa loves to laugh and you’ll inevitably be greeted with a big hug and a little sass. She enjoys staying busy and spends much of her time chasing her two adorable little boys with her exhausted husband Jason.