Listen to Amber's interview here:
Amber faced difficulties both on her end - with low milk production due to insufficient glandular tissue (IGT) - and on her baby's end - with a tongue-tie and lip-tie. As an IBCLC, the cases in which both mother and baby face obstacles to breastfeeding are the most difficult. One of the keys to Amber's success was her resourcefulness. She found excellent local professional resources and a supportive mother tribe via milk sharing.
How to find excellent local resources for breastfeeding support in your area?
If you don't already know someone who is plugged in to direct you, the key is to find your "in". A friend of mine who is a local childbirth educator and doula told me that she can always, always, always help new parents with whatever they might need, or she can direct them to someone locally who can. She is an "in" here in my community. I also know most of these same people and could be considered an "in". We are a close knit community of holistic birth and new baby care professionals and volunteers. We are natural childbirth educators, doulas, IBCLCs, La Leche League Leaders, midwives, and (very rarely unfortunately) doctors. If you are having significant breastfeeding difficulties, contact your local IBCLC in private practice. If you don't know who to contact, then connect with anyone else in the community and you will be "in"!
Supplementing your milk production with donor milk
We are proud to present a series of podcasts for parents Breastfeeding Outside the Box, where we aim to support the nourishing and nurturing of babies in exceptional families - families who historically have not received the help and support they need and deserve. Our exceptional families include adoptive, intended, and foster families; gender, sexual, and racial minorities; families with special needs babies; parents who have had breast surgery; mothers with IGT or low milk production for other reasons; exclusively pumping mothers; and more.
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Breastfeeding Outside the Box aims to be as inclusive as possible. We are aware that the term "breastfeeding" has limitations: not all of our listeners have breasts and not all of our listeners are feeding at the breast. We are also aware that not all of our listeners identify as mothers. Therefore, we will regularly use the term "nursing" rather than "breastfeeding", and "parent" rather than "mother." While we cannot identify directly with every listener, as adoptive mothers who nursed their babies, Hope and I do understand what it is like to parent outside the box and will make every effort possible to embrace anyone interested in being a part of Breastfeeding Outside the Box. We also know that we are human with our own limitations and biases, and look forward to learning and growing with you. Please let us know how we can make you feel more welcome and supported.
Breastfeeding Outside The Box exists to provide education and information about breastfeeding options for people everywhere. Every effort has been made to provide up to date and accurate information, but this information should never be used to diagnose or treat problems you may be experiencing. Information shared in this episode is not intended to replace medical advice or care from your health care provider, and we encourage you to consult with your personal physician, pediatrician or local IBCLC before making decisions about your care or the care of your baby.