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.