Successful Breastfeeding Blog
Evidence based advice, support, and education for modern families.
While I sit here watching my two littles play dinosaurs together, I have more than five girlfriends that are all giving birth to their first baby very, very soon. And there are so many things I want them to know, but most of all I want them to remember, I've got your back mama, and however I can support you, I will.
Allison got emotional today. There's so many fears about this virus in our community, in the lactation world, and especially with our private clients (Yes, we've had COVID-19 positive clients.)
COVID-19 has hit the US and we are on lock down here in Michigan. We can't get in to see our pediatricians, OBs, general doctors, even our ER and hospitals are flooded. Stores and "non-essential" places are on lock down too, and our governor has issued an executive "shelter in place" order. Unfortunately this also means things have drastically and suddenly changed for anyone preparing to give birth any time soon. Hospitals are limiting, or denying visitors, which is leaving some women without the ability to birth with their doula's, or beloved family at their sides. And the shelter in place has left new families without the professional support and community they need to get through these early weeks. This has left many asking, "What am I supposed to do???".
Though these very drastic measures are necessary to stop the spread of the Corona Virus, it's leaving those of us who are expecting babies soon very worried. What does this mean for you, and what can you do? It's not reasonable to expect anyone to forgo prenatal education for birth and breastfeeding, and even more so not ok to ask new families to give up postpartum support.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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