In September of 2014, I took a leap of faith to follow my passion of helping mothers and babies; I took the CLC training course through the Healthy Children Project. It was a MAJOR leap. I had been a stay at home mom of an exclusively breastfed baby for 11 months. We experienced it all together– sore, cracked, bleeding nipples, failure to thrive, lip tie and tongue tie, revisions– you name it, we struggled with it and overcame it! So, why did I drive 4 hours to Rochester, New York, pay for a hotel, and take the course? Because where I came from, I had absolutely NO help. None, zero. I had to change that. I had to make sure that, wherever I was, anyone that needed breastfeeding help and support in my area would have it, because it is incredibly difficult to go through this breastfeeding journey alone. So I signed up as soon as it became available.
Before the course, I thought I was quite well versed about breastfeeding. After all, my son and I overcame so much, and people asked me for help all the time. I read KellyMom articles and followed “Breast is Best” on Facebook; I was ready. However, the information I learned during the training was more than I ever expected! Not only did I learn so much more about breastfeeding, breast milk, and safe infant feeding, but I also learned how to communicate with mothers and families, and how to support them and help them achieve their individual goals. In addition, I learned how to make procedures and educate others to help change the face of infant feeding.
Day One of the course, I was so nervous. You remember that first day of high school and you accidentally walk down the senior hallway? I walked into the room and everyone seemed to have RN, PA, PhD or DR before or after their names. Yep, first day of freshman year again. I felt SO out of my league; I showed up with my pump bag over my shoulder and like ten pens, shaking in my boots.
“Who was I to be there taking this course? “ I thought.
I was just a stay at home mom.
But by the end of day one I was empowered. We are all MORE than JUST a title. I was a smart, intelligent woman capable of learning and doing whatever I had put my heart to. I was able to help others!
Since taking that course, I have helped so many mothers and babies by going to their homes, doing breastfeeding assessments to help get a better latch, and much more. All mothers and babies are different in their journeys, and it has been such a blessing to be able to assist them in continuing those journeys. I have also become a part of a large group of local families who have the same heart and passion as I do.
I personally encourage everyone who has the passion for breastfeeding, safe infant feeding, and has the heart to help others, to take the course! In this local area we have a large group of support, but where I just came from in New York, and where I grew up in Pennsylvania and Alabama, this kind of support is not there. The knowledge I gained from this course has been very valuable and I will use it for the rest of my life.
Mom2Mom KMC is hosting Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) Training this June 1-5 in Landstuhl, Germany and the registration deadline is quickly approaching. A group discount code is available with Mom2Mom KMC and funding may be available through MyCAA. You can register and get more information here. Please contact us on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!