#27: Hope talks with Amy and Chris Rehs-Dupin, nursing parents, about Trans-Masculine Nursing, Co-Nursing, and Inducing Lactation
Listen to Amy and Chris's interview here:
Nursing and Parenting as a Couple
For many - probably even most - parents, parenting at some point veers in a direction that is quite unexpected. That was certainly true for Amy and Chris right from the start with their first child, and they have continued to be surprised how things have gone with their second. Amy did not expect infertility or having any difficulty making enough milk when inducing lactation for the baby Chris carried. Chris did not expect to feel the need to pump for their first baby or the desire to nurse either baby. So how did they make it through all these unexpected twists and turns? According to Amy and Chris, the key was communication. Some specific communication tools they found essential were:
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