Having a strong support system is important in anything you do. Pursuing IBCLC is a huge time commitment. I’m lucky to have awesome family and friends supporting me. I completely quit my job to invest fully into the breastfeeding community and to have minimal barriers of completing my hours and prerequisites. I’m also a single parent to my amazing son. I could not do it without my village especially my amazing mom. Shout out to her. My mama ya'll...
I am also grateful to begin to work in a community where moms are celebrated. Jenn and MIBFN (my other work) have been incredibly welcoming to my son. They have made it clear that he can be present with me at meetings, consults, etc. Although I prefer to be child-free while working so I can be most focused it is so reassuring to know if I could not find someone to keep him that I wouldn’t be forced to sit out of whatever is going on.
If you are reading this, no matter what you are doing, if you have a village lean on them! And when the time comes for you to be a part of someone else’s support system, be as active as you can and remember when you needed a village to show up for you. It makes ALL the difference.
My professional bio can be found under the "about" tab. Here I will be capturing my growth in the breastfeeding community on my way to IBCLC. Join me in experiencing high and lows. I promise to be as raw as possible. This journey is so closely tied to my experiences as a new mom so you will also find that aspects of motherhood sprinkled in here too. Happy Reading!