I am so excited to be on this journey and to share my experiences with everyone in this way. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m still learning to navigate my way around this new (to me!) site. I hope that I can regularly update here and that you will find it interesting, informative and useful.
A bit more about me, then…
My name is Charlotte and I’m 30 years old. I have one incredibly spirited two year old son, Leo. He is my inspiration for so many things; our breastfeeding journey and my subsequent foray into breastfeeding peer support, learning more about the politics surrounding breastfeeding and my persistent advocacy for breastfeeding mothers is all inspired by him and our journey. We didn’t get ‘off to the best start’ and as such, my desperate fight to continue to provide breastmilk for him rapidly turned into something much bigger than ourselves. My passion, my calling, my purpose – whatever label suits it best is irrelevant really, but it is now what I live and breathe.
I qualified as a breastfeeding peer supporter in 2017, having completed a course with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). I have volunteered at my local Postnatal ward supporting mothers and babies in their first few hours of life together, and continue to support women both online and in my local community with breastfeeding support and advocacy.
In May 2017, after a cut to funding meant our local children’s centre could no long provide breastfeeding support, I embarked on a mammoth project with other members of our BF tribe, and West Craven Breastfeeding Friends was launched. Over the past eight months, WCBFFs has gone from strength to strength. Considering the current climate for, and availability of, breastfeeding support nationwide, this is an incredible achievement. I will spend some time another day discussing WCBFFs and it’s amazing ascent. I am very proud of my ‘other baby’ and our members.
I will be sharing more here about my personal breastfeeding story at a later date, and of course keep my readers ‘abreast’ (ho ho) of our recent adventures in nursing. I also intend to use this as a way to document my journey to IBCLC certification. The pathway I am on requires a great deal of studying and determination; I am confident in my ability to achieve this goal and hope to use this blog as a way to maintain focus and ‘offload’.
I’m really excited to be on this journey and grateful to be able to share it with others.
Thanks for reading! If there is anything you want to know about me or would like me to share here then please feel free to comment and ask.