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Welcome to Breastfeeding Answers and Solutions! My name is Andrea Tran and helping breastfeeding moms succeed with their breastfeeding goals is my passion. I became a Lactation Consultant in 1994. I realized immediately that this is what I had been waiting to do as I had meandered around working with childbearing families in the years before that. I am a registered nurse. I am an IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I have a BSN, and an MA in Health and Wellness with a Focus in Lactation. I have been a childbirth and breastfeeding educator. I have breastfed my three children, who are all adults now.
I work in a community hospital and have my entire career as a lactation consultant. I work with moms in the hospital, after they leave the hospital and I facilitate our breastfeeding support group. I talk to moms on the telephone when they call with questions. I have answered questions from moms, or about breastfeeding while putting gas in my car, at the gym, on airplanes, while stopped at a stop light. I have counseled moms via their moms by email and messenger. I always preface those second hand consults by saying the mom should be working with a lactation consultant directly, but I also will always offer whatever help I can and is appropriate. I have been invited to dinner so I could counsel a friend’s niece. I have done a couple of in-home unofficial consults for friends.
I love the moments when I am present, and maybe have even helped a baby latch on for the first time. I love the look on a mom’s face when that happens. I love when I meet with a mom and they tell me our session was helpful. I enjoy helping moms work through the challenges of breastfeeding and come out on the other side. I grieve with those moms who come to the decision that breastfeeding is not working and they decide to end their breastfeeding journey sooner than they had intended.
I believe, unequivocally that breastfeeding is important. It makes a difference in the health of babies, both short term and long term. It makes a difference in a mom’s health. I believe that breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby. I believe that if you can, you should breastfeed, or breast-milk feed. I believe that moms do not get enough support to help them through the challenging times and that is the primary reason they don’t reach their goals, or even start breastfeeding in the first place.
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There are many breastfeeding advice sites. My hope for this site is that it will be a place you can come for advice and answers that are based on the latest research and the wealth of my many years of experience. It will help you separate myth from fiction. There is rarely one right way of doing things, and breastfeeding is an ever-changing experience as your baby grows and changes. I would love to help you with your journey.