Note from Liz: It is amazing the world we live in! The author of this post, Erin Ontiveros, and I met online several years ago through the similar work we do with women and families. Although she lives in Rochester, NY I ended up having the opportunity to meet up in-person when Erin's husband's work brought them to the state of Indiana.
It is a privilege to have Erin write for the Indy FertiltyCare blog this month on the topic of breastfeeding success and needless to say, how she approached the topic surprised AND delighted me!
I am a big believer in less is more! So when Liz suggested I talk about tools for successful breastfeeding I immediately said, “ Easy, none!” I wanted to show that, in fact, you don’t need any!! Also, as a promoter and advocate for breastfeeding I don’t want “things” to be a stumbling block for anyone wanting to breastfeed. The most important thing that a mom needs to breastfeed is a willingness to do so.
However, I suppose that is not all there is to it. While breastfeeding is natural, it does not always come naturally. So here are my must haves for breastfeeding success; they may not be tools, but they will be a great resource to a new breastfeeding mom.
So now you are saying: “yes, but we do need some things like a breast pump and nursing tops? Well, now I will explain why you do not really need those.
Erin Ontiveros turned her sights onto educating and supporting mothers after realizing that society is failing to fully prepare women for birth and motherhood. She has recently extended this passion to bringing light to the postpartum period and counseling women on fertility awareness methods. Erin is a wife and mother of 3, a certified lactation counselor, a certified birth doula, and a prenatal educator who works with women locally and online via her webpage.
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