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Episode 94: Lessons in Lactation Support: 25+ Years Helping Breastfeeding Moms with Gina Nigro, IBCLC

 

 

In this episode, Jacqueline is joined by team member, Gina Nigro, a bilingual IBCLC who has helped support families for over 25 years. They discuss the importance of supporting all mothers with breastfeeding choices, the cultural differences when it comes to motherhood, and how to find support within your community as a new mother. 

The best IBCLCs have their own personal breastfeeding experience and understand that all babies are different. They also have the luxury of trusting the process and being able to convey the value and normalcy of small steps towards a better breastfeeding experience. 

 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • About Gina and Jacqueline’s partnership and how Gina got started in birth work
  • Cultural differences when it comes to maternity leave and breastfeeding
  • How to build and sustain new relationships as a new mother
  • Why you should have a support team going into new motherhood

 

A glance at this episode:

  • [3:02] How Gina got her start with birth work
  • [5:42] Gina’s experience as a first-time mom getting support from a Le Leche League group
  • [9:36] What is the dynamic of support groups and how they work
  • [12:43] The connections we form with other mothers when we go through motherhood
  • [20:36] How do you know if you’re getting enough support
  • [25:25] How to not lose yourself when putting your baby’s needs first
  • [30:20] Working with families as an IBCLC and adapting to their lifestyle
  • [32:12] Some differences that have changed with breastfeeding in the last 25 years
  • [40:02] Where to find reliable resources as a new mom 
  • [51:02] Gina shares about her time living in Spain
  • [55:56] How to build new relationships as you enter motherhood
  • [1:04:57] Maternity leave and cultural differences
  • [1:10:08] The ripple effect of breastfeeding support

 

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