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#39: The Secrets to Successful Lactation In The Modern World: Navigating Challenges and Planning for Chest/ Breastfeeding - with Teresa Coyle Airey IBCLC

On this episode of the Mindful Womb Podcast, we are joined by Teresa Coyle Airey, a seasoned doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Teresa shares a wealth of knowledge about how to prepare for successful lactation. 

In this episode, we dive into the following:

  • Common challenges with breastfeeding/ chestfeeding

  • What to expect from colostrum during the first few days after birth

  • Problem-solving in the first few days with hand expression and lactation support

  • Preparing prenatally for chestfeeding / breastfeeding success

  • Tips for navigating lactation with more ease

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As a birth worker deeply invested in maternal and infant health, I've had the privilege of connecting with experts who offer invaluable guidance and support to new parents. One such expert is Teresa Coyle Airey, a seasoned doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, based in Massachusetts. In a recent podcast episode, Teresa shared her wealth of knowledge and experience, shedding light on various aspects of breastfeeding and chestfeeding that resonate deeply with me and the families I work with.

Preparing Prenatally for Breastfeeding Success

Teresa's emphasis on preparing for breastfeeding or chestfeeding success prenatally resonates deeply with my approach to supporting expecting parents. She advocates for establishing a relationship with a lactation consultant early on, ideally an IBCLC. By scheduling a visit within the first week or few days after birth, parents can set themselves up for success, ensuring they have the necessary support and guidance from the start.

Navigating Fear and Overwhelm

Fear and overwhelm are common emotions for new parents, especially when faced with conflicting information and societal pressures. Teresa acknowledges these challenges and encourages parents to trust their intuition and seek reliable information and support. By simplifying the process and prioritizing the well-being of both parent and baby, families can navigate these challenges with greater ease.

Normalizing Lactation as Part of Wellness

Teresa's vision of normalizing lactation as part of wellness deeply resonates with me. I share her belief that lactation services should be seamlessly integrated into the postpartum experience, just like childbirth education classes. By reframing breastfeeding and chestfeeding support as essential components of newborn care, we can remove the stigma and barriers associated with seeking lactation assistance.

Building Community and Seeking Support

Community and support play a crucial role in the breastfeeding and chestfeeding journey. Teresa underscores the value of connecting with others through in-person classes, online resources, or one-on-one consultations. Her commitment to providing compassionate and comprehensive support shines through in her dedication to her clients and her passion for empowering families.

For those seeking support on their breastfeeding or chestfeeding journey, Teresa Coyle Airey offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Through her website, phone hotline, or email, parents can connect with Teresa to schedule consultations, attend classes, or simply seek advice and encouragement. With her warm demeanor and unwavering dedication, Teresa is a trusted ally for families navigating the beautiful and sometimes challenging journey of breastfeeding and chestfeeding.

Teresa Coyle Airey's insights and guidance serve as a beacon of light for parents embarking on the journey of breastfeeding and chestfeeding. By prioritizing education, support, and self-compassion, families can navigate this journey with confidence, knowing that they have a knowledgeable and caring advocate in their corner.


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