It seems like everyone starts a blog nowadays and at first, the idea of blogging made me roll my eyes. I said, "I'll never start a blog".
But then the more I started working with clients, the more I noticed my clients were asking the same questions. So many new parents had similar concerns, knowledge gaps or misunderstandings from outdated information and I found myself constantly retyping the same information or linking other lactation consultant's blogs in order to save time.
I kept thinking, "I need to put this on a handout some day!". But, let's be honest, who actually looks at paper handouts anymore? You know the ones I'm talking about? Just like the pile you brought home from the doctor's office, or when you were discharged from the hospital. They're probably sitting on your counter right now because you just might look at them sometime. But you won't. And you probably won't remember the 38 things we (nurses) told you to remember as we wheeled you out the door with a new little person in your arms (I know I didn't!).
So, I decided to start a blog.
So, who am I anyways?
Hi! I'm Samantha. I am a Registered Nurse and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), working in private practice.
I have been married to my husband since 2014 and we have two boys (and a cat). I have been a nurse since 2014 and my goal was always to work in mother-baby and eventually become a lactation consultant. In 2021 I passed my lactation boards and finally achieved my goal!
I love to teach. It is by far one of the best things about being a nurse. I love spending time with my patients and making sure they feel heard and supported. Working in the hospital, I was not able to do that nearly as much as I wanted or as much as patients needed.
So, I took a leap of faith, quit my nursing job (as a mother-baby nurse) and opened a private practice. Private practice is not easy, but it is the most rewarding job I've ever had. I am finally able to spend the necessary time with my patients to listen to their concerns and work with them to reach their feeding goals.
Thanks for stopping by!
So, with this blog I will discuss the most common questions I hear from my clients, not only as a lactation consultant but also as an experienced mother/baby and mental health nurse.
So, let's kick this thing off! What questions do you want answered in a blog post?