As a birth worker, it is my mission to work my way through every pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood documentary I can. So when I saw Breastmilk available on Netflix it was a must see. I have to say the film did not disappoint and helped me work through many of my own personal views and emotions towards breastfeeding.
Yesterday I got to volunteer with the Blissful Baby's BIG Baby Shower event here in McAllen. This was the first event I got to work as a doula and the experience was so wonderful. When I came home, my husband could see I was tired after the 10 hour shift but that I was also so jazzed from the time spent interacting with so many pregnant women.
I worked the door prize table all day and we arranged it in a fun way where everybody who entered won something on the spot. We ended up giving out around $5000 in prizes which was such a fun privilege to see the faces of these expecting parents light up when they saw what they won.
I especially loved talking about the products and explaining their uses to each winner. Many were first time parents and the world of baby products is a new experience for them. They might know they want to breastfeed, but not all the tools that are available to them to help them be successful. A big part of why I wanted to become a doula, was to provide informational support to families. Yesterday was a small sampling of that on a large scale as regards numbers of couples assisted. I look forward to working many similar events focused on helping expectant parents in the coming months/years.
Reposted from Mismikado Down the Sidewalk
You are in a busy but quiet restaurant
It's 105° outside because it's June in Texas
Try as they might the air conditioners just can't quite keep up
You try to maintain some level of modesty by wearing a poncho style cover
Your child is screaming under it
Sweat is pooling in your cleavage and on your sons brow
He thrashes his head back and forth
Pulling the nipple shield he refuses to eat without with him
You struggle to get everything back in place although it's difficult with the cover and the heat
His crying intensifies because of the hunger
You feel heads turning your way
Hear whispers pointed in your direction
You try to stay calm to help soothe him and get a successful latch
It's not working
Finally you ask your companion to mix up the emergency bottle you have in the emergency diaper bag
The second that bottle nipple his your child's lips his crying stops and he peacefully eats
This is our new daily norm albeit not always in public. From the beginning breastfeeding has been a struggle for us. I have sat down to write about it so many times but each time I'm ready to post, our situation has changed and my words are outdated.