My first baby came into the world and I instantly felt overwhelmed. I knew I wanted to breastfeed (mostly because I'm too cheap to buy formula), but it hurt. My daughter was in an incubator because of jaundice and we were given 30 minutes every three hours to feed her. When we put her back afterwards she cried and fussed. There was concern that she wasn’t gaining weight and she wouldn’t settle when we put her down, and it hurt. I still remember how much it hurt to breastfeed. I think I was given some help with breastfeeding, but it was all a bit of a blur, and whatever I was told didn't make a difference.
We came home from the hospital four days after she was born and we panicked. NOTHING was going like it was supposed to. I quickly dreaded feeding her every time she cried. I cringed and curled my toes every time she latched, and I read EVERYTHING I could find on how to make it better. I needed someone to explain what was going wrong and how to fix it.
Since that first experience, I've had two more kids. When my second came along and I had two kids under 18 months old, I wanted someone to show me what my options were with babywearing and how those different options could help make things easier for me. And then when my middle son didn't sleep, I needed someone to help me find a gentle way to help him get more rest that didn't involve going against my instincts. I wanted simple hands on resources that would help me parent the way I wanted to and I couldn't find them.
Since having my children, I have become a Babywearing Educator, and an Infant Sleep Educator. In 2017, I graduated from the International Breastfeeding Centre (Dr. Jack Newman's clinic) and qualified as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) after writing the exam in October of that year.
I did all of this because when I was learning how to be a parent I wanted someone who could hold my hand and show me the way. I needed someone to come and explain to me what was happening when my daughter latched and it hurt and help me to fix it. I have been where you are. I understand what you're going through and I want to help you get to the other side.
Whether your issue is with breastfeeding, babywearing or figuring out how to get your family more sleep, I want to help.
My role is to help you learn to trust your gut and follow your instincts.
Contact me today and we can discuss how I can help.
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