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I am Laura Spitzfaden, owner of Feed the Baby LLC, mother of three breastfed children, and a La Leche League Leader since 1998. I have more than 2 decades of experience in supporting normal lactation, in addition to helping parents to solve their breastfeeding difficulties. I have also been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant IBCLC since 2010, which is the gold standard for lactation consulting accreditation.
I am delighted to support all breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents and I strive to be LGBTQIA friendly. For the sake of clarity and brevity, I use the term breastfeeding in my articles, though I understand this term may be triggering for some parents. I do my best to use terms that support the experience of each client when working with individuals.
I strongly support parenting through breastfeeding and believe that babies and their parents benefit from exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, until the introduction of complementary foods, and thereafter as long as they both desire. I believe that breastfeeding is more than just feeding. It is a relationship, a biological conversation between parent and baby, that satisfies many needs– physical, immunological, psychological and emotional.
I also believe that parents are the experts on their own babies and it is this relationship that I prioritize, when providing lactation support. I am a lactation consultant. It is my job to bring expertise and information to parents, not to dictate what they should do.
I support all parents who want to feed their babies human milk, whether they are breastfeeding/chestfeeding, exclusively pumping, wishing to re-lactate, or to induce lactation. My commitment to parents I help, is to facilitate a breastfeeding relationship between them and their babies that matches their own goals and to provide the information and support they need to protect their milk supplies. I will do this with the fewest interventions possible. Any gadget or tool introduced into the breastfeeding relationship has the potential to cause complications. I will only suggest these interventions if I feel they will help to meet a parent’s specific goals and after outlining the benefits and risks in order that they may give informed consent.