"I remember being around people in Colombia, where I am from, and seeing breastfeeding completely as a "no brainer". It is like you were drinking a glass of water. Breastfeeding is that normal."
Elizabeth Chang, Bilingual Spanish Certified Lactation Counselor, Nurse Student,
Founder and CEO of Pretty Mama Breastfeeding, LLC
From the very beginning when my husband and I decided to start a family, we started educating ourselves because we knew how important it was for us to learn more about maternity in the USA and breastfeeding. We were very new to the whole world of having a baby because it was our first time as parents. I always loved breastfeeding but felt a strong, intuitive and powerful desire to know more when I started having conversations around it with my family and with my mom. My mom told me how she breastfed me and how she breastfed my siblings. I remember being around people in Colombia, where I am from, and seeing breastfeeding completely as a “no brainer”. It is like you were drinking a glass of water. Breastfeeding is that normal. In my family and in my cultural background, that’s what women do. We don’t question it. We just do it because that is what is embedded in our culture. It was the same for my husband’s family as both he and his sibling were successfully breastfed. They were ready to support me in any way possible.
When Christopher, my son, was delivered I had problems with breastfeeding. At the start my baby wouldn’t latch, and I was searching for help, and it was not given to me. We went back to the hospital to see the Lactation Consultant, but she couldn’t pick out what the issue was. She gave me an SNS, nipple shields that were the wrong size, and told my husband and I that a large number of babies simply do not ever latch. She didn’t explain why this was happening. Not knowing, I of course followed her directions and that became chaos in my house. Not only was I sore and Christopher was a big baby, yelling and screaming, but I had no professional support. How was I supposed to know that he was a tongue tied baby? That experience was so frustrating and so alarming that it inspired me to get more educated and to help other women. That has been my inspiration—my baby, my situation, and seeing that it happens every second across the country. That is why women quit breastfeeding so quickly.