Immediately after I graduated from the University of Glasgow and moved to the US, I discovered that there were more Baby Friendly Hospitals in the UK than there were in the entire USA, I think it was about 29 at the time. I was gobsmacked!
After living in Baltimore, Maryland for a year I was lucky enough to be employed by the local WIC Program, a nationwide public health program providing nutrition and breastfeeding benefits to low income families. In the WIC Program I was able to use my passion for nutrition and breastfeeding to help families to improve their knowledge so that they could improve the health of their families.
It was at WIC that I discovered the wonder that is breastmilk and the importance of breastfeeding. Yes, I had the educational background and had learnt the science behind it, but at WIC I got to see how it changed lives and created parents. I saw babies thrive and mothers flourish and empowered by the act of nourishing their baby at the breast. I worked in an atmosphere where breastfeeding was seen as the normal way to feed and I saw mothers and babies breastfeeding on a daily basis.
It was the strength of these mothers and the knowing that it was the norm and that breastfeeding was being successful around me every day that gave me the confidence to know that I could do it too and that I only wanted to breastfeed and that I wanted to breastfeed as long as my children wanted. I have felt supported every single day throughout my breastfeeding journey and it’s been one of my proudest achievements.
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