First off, what’s “mamaka”?
“Mamaka” is my son’s word for nursing. It started off as “mama milk” but he couldn’t quite say it, so “mamaka” stuck! If you keep nursing long enough, your child might also have a name for breastfeeding!
There is no doubt in my mind that breastfeeding has changed my life. I’ve never felt more empowered as a human than by nourishing my child with my body. Through breastfeeding, I feel connected to all the mothers who came before me and all of those who will come after.
These days, there are many obstacles standing in the way of a woman breastfeeding. New parents are often convinced by health professionals they don’t have enough milk, birth interventions are at an all-time high, and nursing parents return to work earlier and earlier. Regardless of these challenges, I believe whole-heartedly in the words of Sheila Kitzinger (1929-2015):
“There is only one reason why a woman should not breastfeed, and that is if she doesn’t want to.”
If you’re here reading this, then you probably want to breastfeed. I’m here to help you make that goal a reality.
3 KEYS TO ACHIEVING YOUR BREASTFEEDING GOALS
This is where our relationship begins. Wherever you are at in your breastfeeding journey, I am here to listen to your story, ask questions, and build a foundation of trust between us.
Once our relationship is established, my role as a lactation consultant is to provide you with the most up to date evidence-based information on breastfeeding so we can begin to define your breastfeeding goals and make a plan for accomplishing them.
Empowerment comes from the culmination of support and knowledge. At the end of our time together, you will feel empowered to make decisions regarding your breastfeeding relationship and be able to take ownership of these choices.