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Exciting news!!! The San Diego Breastfeeding Center has launched its Breastfeeding Support Clinic, the first of its kind in San Diego! (view press release here)

We wanted to support Robin and The San Diego Breastfeeding Centeras she embarks on this new adventure at the beginning of the new year. We interviewed Robin to see what she has to say about her work and how she supports moms and babies... check it out; she's got some great advice to share!

PLUS, if you decide you are interested in visiting Robin at her new clinic,check out her coupon below.

What is your relationship to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and/or mommy/baby care, and how does your work relate to it?

I am a lactation consultant and I own the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. Through my job, I have the pleasure of working with pregnant moms (at my prenatal breastfeeding classes at UCSD hospital and Best Start Birth Center), as well as moms along their journey with breastfeeding. Many moms will first meet me in one of my breastfeeding classes, and then see me in the privacy of their own home once their baby is born or at one of our free weekly support groups.

What inspired you to do the work you do?

When I was pregnant, I had attended a breastfeeding class and read a few books about breastfeeding and just figured that it would all work out as nature intended. Then my son was born and showed me, from day one, that this parenting/breastfeeding thing may be a little more difficult than I had intended. I was fortunate to have a lactation consultant come to my home when Ben was 4 days old and she really helped get breastfeeding back on track for us. I felt such a sense of relief! A few years later, I realized that I wanted to help new moms just like this woman had donefor me. So, I went back to school and became a lactation consultant.

What is the most important thing a pregnant woman or a woman trying to conceive should know about her body, giving birth, and caring for herself and her baby, based on your personal and professional experience?

I think knowledge is power. Find out about birth interventions and 'routine' tests given to moms and babies and decide whether you think they are truly necessary or not. Surround yourself with other like-minded professionals and friends who will be able to offer you sound advice and assistance when needed. Lastly, interview your pediatrician before you have your baby. This is one person who you will see more than any other doctor and you want to make sure that you have similar philosophies.

What is your biggest obstacle in supporting pregnant or trying-to-conceive women and/or babies?

I think the biggest obstacle I have supporting postpartum moms/babies is finding affordable holistic practitioners. Because most insurances do not cover lactation consultations, craniosacral therapy, or osteopaths, many moms and babies are not receiving the best care out there. All babies would become even better breastfeeders with a little craniosacral therapy, yet sometimes it can be cost-prohibitive. Without thehelp of local holistic practitioners, our family may have never discovered that my son's developmental delays were due to a severe gluten-intolerance. Everyone should be as lucky as we were to find that support. As a side note, most holistic practitioners are very willing to work out payment plans (or reductions) for families who are on a tight budget, so it is always worth it to ask.

Tell me your best success story.

Goodness, I have worked with so many amazing moms, who have overcome such great breastfeeding challenges, that it is difficult to choose one in particular to highlight. The story is most fresh in my mind is this....I was working with a mom, whose baby had not been latching on, at all. When I first met her, her baby was about 3 weeks old. His tongue had been clipped, due to a tight freunulum, and she had been pumping around the clock to keep up her milk supply. When I went to her house, we were able to have the baby feed comfortably for about 20 minutes and actually take in a decent amount of milk. The plan was to keep trying, in this new comfortable position, and take one feeding at a time. Once I left, her latching success was sporatic. About a week later, she decided to spend the entire day in bed with her baby, just nursing on cue and doing lots of skin to skin. Within about 12 hours, the little boy was breastfeeding exclusively and his latch was successful every time. I was so proud of her when she showed up at our support group the following week to share her amazing news. I was so proud of her determination and strength!

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - January 2012 Coupon

Come visit our NEW Breastfeeding Support Clinic during January 2012for $20, instead of $35 (That's a $15 discount!) Just write "NBP 1/2012" as your discount code.

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Thank you Robin for your answers and great advice!