One of the decisions I felt strongly about was breastfeeding my daughter. I had a rocky time of it in the beginning but by the end of the first week I felt like a pro. I was whipping my boob out at her first feeding cues and I've loved every minute of it since. Now that she's approaching the age of two I've decided to wean her from breastfeeding and the process has been a mixture of relief, sadness, stress, frustration and exhaustion. I have never thought twice about breastfeeding and I still advocate other mothers to do the same.
That prompted me to learn more about it. I wanted to be sure that I was knowledgeable and competent to answer questions that came my way or knew where to find the answer. After a little bit of research I found a CLEC or Certified Lactation Educator Counselor program through UCSD. This is not to be confused with a Lactation Consultant, those individuals go through a more in depth course and pass a international board exam. After "getting my feet wet" with this course I fully intend to go for the consultant course. That's another story though.
I've only been in three days of class and I absolutely LOVE it! I LOVE understanding the why, like the hormonal changes mothers go through during pregnancy and after birth. The little things that concerned me before now have a reason and I wasn't going crazy after all. Like, why did she SUCK all the time? I LOVE being able to answer all the myths and cautionary tales I heard on why not to breastfeed, like your nipples will get chapped. It feels EMPOWERING to know without a doubt that I made the right decision and I am excited that I will be in a position to help other mothers make informed decisions in the future.