Every since I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a mother. In my dreamy world of childhood, everything went pretty smooth with my doll babies. Sure, they had some diaper issues, and maybe a few tantrums but nothing too out of the ordinary. I figured that motherhood must be like this, simple, fun, and not too messy. Wow, did my perspective change.
I am a mother to two amazing, beautiful, vivacious, girls. My oldest daughter is almost nine and the youngest is on her way to three. When I had my first child, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I read some articles, looked through a few books, and figured I had enough knowledge under my belt to tackle this natural process. After the birth of my daughter I struggled, I cried, and I felt so alone. My daughter was gaining fine. However, breastfeeding was just so painful. I live in a very rural area. So, my closest lactation consultant was over an hour away. However, I didn’t even know she existed simply because the hospital never told me about her. Upon discharge, I was left to navigate the very muddy waters of motherhood. It wasn’t anything like I expected. Thankfully, after much trial and error we figured out how to achieve a good latch, the pain subsided and we relished breastfeeding. When my second daughter came along it was so much easier because of all the knowledge I gained on my first journey through breastfeeding.
After quizzing some of my mom friends, I soon discovered that my experience was quite common. Women typically attend nine months of prenatal appointments, which include careful observation. Then, after the baby is born, it’s bye-bye until the infamous six-week appointment. I had one question, why? Why are we abandoned when we still need support? I decided that I would make it my mission to bridge this gap by providing breastfeeding education and support beyond articles and blogs. I created this website with you in mind. If you have questions, please contact me. If you feel alone, reach out. I offer free, online, live support to answer your breastfeeding questions. While I will admit I don’t have all the answers I will try my best to point you in the right direction and connect you with local lactation support.
Emilee’s certifications and education…
- Degree in Christian Education.
- Certified Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
- Certified Health Coach with a focus on pregnancy and the postpartum period, Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
- Certified Lactation Counselor, The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice.
- Advanced Lactation Consultant, The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice.
- Currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Maternal/Child Health with a focus on lactation, Union Institute and University.