When I was young, if you had asked me what I was going to do with my life, lactation consultant would not be my response. I can guarantee it. Maybe teacher or social worker. I used to always say that I wanted to help women who are struggling in areas of life that I had found myself struggling in. Looking at it this way, I guess I kind of did what I had intended. I just never thought it would be as a lactation consultant.
If you listen to the podcast, you know that I came across this profession by default. Completely on accident. I went with it, fostered it, nourished and supported it. This is where I am meant to be in life. I think this is the background for many who find themselves in this profession. It can be difficult though, life as an advocate for something you are passionate about. Not everyone feels as strongly about your passion.
I get a lot of questions about becoming a lactation consultant. It’s not an easy path, but most things worthwhile are not easy. For those who do not want to become an IBCLC, breastfeeding mothers absolutely need the reinforcement of other women, mothers, and families who can support them through their breastfeeding journey. Not sure what to do or where to start? Put together a Facebook support group, get some breastfeeding specific education, shadow an IBCLC. Tell a breastfeeding mother how amazing she is.
This week on the Badass Breastfeeding Podcast, Dianne and Abby talk about breastfeeding advocacy and becoming an IBCLC. If you are interested in getting more involved, you won’t want to miss this!