I am Laura Spitzfaden, owner of Feed the Baby LLC, mother of three breastfed children, and a La Leche League Leader for 14 years. I have more than 19 years of experience in supporting normal lactation, in addition to helping mothers to solve their breastfeeding difficulties. I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant IBCLC which is the gold standard for lactation consulting accreditation.
I strongly support mothering through breastfeeding and believe that babies and their mothers 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 mom and baby, that satisfies many needs– physical, immunological, psychological and emotional.
I also believe that every mom is the expert on her own baby and it is this relationship that I place above everything else, when assisting mothers and babies to breastfeed. I am a lactation consultant. It is my job to bring expertise and information to mothers, not to dictate what they should do.
My commitment to each mother I help, is to facilitate a breastfeeding relationship between her and her baby that matches her own goals and to provide the information and support she needs to protect her milk supply. 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 mom’s specific breastfeeding goals and after outlining the benefits and risks in order that she may give informed consent.