In the United States, we’re blessed to have many advantages in our healthcare over many places in the world. However, I see many problems within our current system. I’m not alone in this assessment. Statistics show that Americans have some of the poorest healthcare outcomes of any developed nation– while spending the most money.
Problems that I see with breastfeeding in the United States:
- Classes that don’t give necessary information. I have heard from many women that they took a breastfeeding class and then found themselves overwhelmed and lost when they found themselves facing an issue the breastfeeding class didn’t cover like tongue-tie, premature babies, twins, special needs babies, reflux, etc.
- Some doctors don’t understand breastfeeding well. If they don’t learn about it in school or don’t learn about as a mother, many doctors lack the necessary knowledge to effectively support breastfeeding.
- Lack of experienced women- Breastfeeding became a recommended practice in the 1980’s, but that’s after it fell out of favor in the early 20th century. Breastfeeding was missing from the mothering experience of many women for most of the 20th century. We went from having a huge community of women who had breastfed, to very few.
- Inaccurate information. Occasionally, breastfeeding advocates overstate some of the benefits of breastfeeding (like I.Q.). On the other hand, breastfeeding detractors also present overly negative information as well.
Here is how I deal with these issues in my classes:
- Talk about the problems. What to watch for and how to solve it if it arises.
- Scholarly, up-to-date and well-researched sources of information. I use a lot of research from peer reviewed medical journals to put together my class. That way, you get the best information. From my Masters in Public Health, I have a biostatistics background and I use to to explain different studies and why they are “high quality” or “low quality” research.
- I bring my experience and the experiences of other women to the table. Together, we’re like your surrogate breastfeeding female relative. (I breastfed all three of my children, including my special needs baby who was in the NICU for two weeks and had surgeries.)
- I tell it to you straight. There are certain limits to breastfeeding benefits– but those limits don’t erase the real benefits. I will tell you about the most current research in an attempt to be as impartial as possible.
I teach my classes online. It allows for women to have the class on their schedule and for me to create classes while caring for my family. They are available on the Teachable platform. If you have financial need, I offer 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 scholarships. Email me through the contact page and tell me about your situation and we’ll work something out. =)