A woman called me yesterday on behalf of her sister who had just had twins. She was looking for a lactation consultant to come to her sister’s house. I wanted to treat this mother, but I could not physically leave because my city was flooded from horrible rains and streets were closed. I referred this woman to other lactation consultants in the area and explained that she MUST find someone she connected with and really liked over the phone for her sister. If I have learned anything about breastfeeding over the past ten years its that when a women needs help she must find GOOD SOLID SUPPORT. A woman must believe in her lactation consultant, pediatrician, family and/or friend and they must believe in her for the breastfeeding to work. I think the stories in this article are a little scary, especially if you are a first time mom reading this, but they are worth sharing. The common thread is the support these women received with their breastfeeding issues. I applaud these women and those of you who persevered when breastfeeding was rough and I hope that new twin mom found someone terrific to help her.
About Melanie Silverman
Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for well over 15 years. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. Melanie has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). She worked hard for her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.