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In February, I had my first child and knew very little about breastfeeding. From the first time I held her, she latched on perfectly. I then became very passionate about making sure every mother and baby had the same opportunity that we had.

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When I had my third baby, I wasn't successful with breast feeding my first two, so I decided not to even attempt it. All over my medical record, "Formula" was written.  As if my son understood, as I was holding him, he turned his head and latched on through the hospital gown and began suckling. I said "OK, if that is what you want to do!" I took one day at a time, like the 12-step program, and breastfed him for 13 months. It was the best experience that only another breastfeeding mother could appreciate. This is where I got my passion. I made a difference in his life but he changed mine forever too. I went on to have a fourth child and she breastfed for a year too.

 

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I remember my experience following around Lactation Consultants at Georgetown University Hospital over 20 years ago. Those LC’s made a huge impression on me and I made several decisions about how I would or would not practice from those experiences.

Recently, I started working with Lactation Education Resources and began taking interns. Sometimes I think we see students as a burden, as rounding will take more time and there are always questions to answer etc. But, I have to say our experiences with these interns has been amazing. They are so excited and interested in what we are doing and beam when they have made progress. It made me remember that this his is how I was in the beginning too, and sometimes it’s hard to get that energy back.

These interns really remind us why we do this job of helping breastfeeding couplets. Our interns say thank you to us every single day and also say they have found that niche they have been looking for. They also keep me up on my reading research articles, looking at new products and  going to seminars.  If you want to get your enthusiasm back, support an intern- You won’t be disappointed.

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