Aug. 7, 2020
Registration is Open for the 30th Annual Art of Breastfeeding Conference (virtual)
Hosted by Wake AHEC, this year's conference takes place Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 8am to 3:45pm. Content is designed for a variety of professionals, including lactation consultants, peer counselors, and breastfeeding support volunteers. Several NMR Counseling Mothers have again helped design the conference and additional Counseling Mothers will attend. To learn more, view the conference brochure. To register, visit www.wakeahec.org.
Aug. 1, 2020
It's World Breastfeeding Week!
This year's theme is "Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet." Per WBW: "Despite international recommendations, only about 40% of all babies born annually are exclusively breastfed until six months of age and only 45% continue any breastfeeding for up to two years. Often, there is a lack of support to breastfeed, whether in the health system, workplace or community."
WBW is coordinated and organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. WABA is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. WBW campaigns align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more, visit worldbreastfeedingweek.org.
I have been a volunteer with NMR since 2001 and enjoyed breastfeeding my own 3 children. I practice Family Medicine and enjoy sharing my breastfeeding knowledge and experience with my patients and the mothers who come to NMR for information and support. I serve as a member of the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance (TBA) and the NC Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC), and have helped plan the annual TBA Conferences and Art of Breastfeeding Conferences for several years.
I started coming to this group in September of 2014, when I drove a friend to a meeting with her own newborn. I was so impressed by the help my friend received, I decided that night to become an active part of the group. I feel blessed to have breastfed both my children and I want every mother to be able to experience this gift. I’m currently a stay-at-home-mom to my very active daughter and son. Until my second child was born, I worked in a call center as a work-life consultant and lactation specialist, and I am always eager to learn more about ways to support nursing mothers in person and over the phone.
I have been attending meetings since the birth of my first daughter in January 2014, and I’m more grateful than ever to be active with NMR once our baby girl joined the family in August 2016. Both my daughters were born with lip and tongue ties which we have overcome, and I’ve also lasted through supply issues and returning to work full time while nursing. I hope to help other moms, babies and families achieve their nursing goals, no matter what difficulties present themselves.