Reid (3yrs) and Boyd (4 months)
"Breastfeeding is enhanced and the nursing couple sustained by the loving support, help, and companionship of the baby's father. A father's unique relationship with his baby is an important element in the child's development from early infancy."
I wouldn't know where I would be without my supportive husband. I don't know how many times he's been mad that I'm the only one that can nurse. But he has the touch to get Boyd to sleep (jiggle, jiggle, jiggle, shush, shush, shush) and is Reid's favorite person in the world--who else can tackle and race and roll around in the dirt as well as Daddy?!
Tongue Tie and Over Supply. Reid had a tongue tie that we didn't catch until he was 15 months old. I never had any pain associated with nursing and he was gaining fine so I never guessed. But he wasn't ever interested in solids. When my dental hygentist caught the tongue tie, we figured out that he wasn't eating because the tie was preventing him from moving food around his mouth correctly so he was gagging.
I had oversupply with Reid but never complained because I thought having too much milk was a good thing. So I leaked. And leaked. And leaked! At 9 months, I was still leaking and had overactive and painful let-down. I don't remember when it finally stopped but it went on way too long.
With Boyd, I had oversupply and overactive let-down right away. But this time I had my LLLadies behind me and knew that this was a problem that could be fixed. A combination of a few strategies fixed me right up and turned my unhappy, gassy, diaper rash baby back to a happy boy.
"Nutrition and weaning. Pregnant women enjoy this topic so they can optimize their unborn baby's health. Mothers learn how to start solids for their babies. Nutritious options for family meals are shared."
I have a master's degree in holistic nutrition, so I'm always up for talking about when, how and what to feed your little one.
Favorite thing: being the connector to introduce moms at meetings that can hang out outside of LLL and become wonderful supporters for each other.
Least favorite thing: Not hearing back from moms after a meeting, email or helping call. I always hope things are going well and will email moms to check back but not everyone gives us updates.
Activity: I am a DIY freak. Refinishing furniture, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, painting...you name it!