All mammals breathe air, all mammals give live birth. All mammals breastfeed their young. Humans are mammals, even tho we tend to forget it. Breastfeeding should be easy (cats don't worry about breastfeeding). Katie Oshita and Shaz Tayebi talk about how remembering that we are mammals can deeply change and impact our breastfeeding practices.
Podcast guest: Shaz Tayebi, IBCLC, brings her midwifery experience from Iran to her lactation career in Canada. She noticed there were much more breastfeeding challenges in her practice in Canada compared to rural areas of Iran, where they trust babies more than books, apps, instructions, etc. That’s why she created the documentary “We’re Mammals”!
“We’re Mammals” helps parents and healthcare providers understand newborn’s innate feeding behaviors, acknowledge that the mammalian approach to breastfeeding is a failproof method (the reason we are not extinct) and identify barriers to trusting baby’s instincts.
As a mother of two, one having special needs, she has first hand experience in what a normal breastfeeding journey looks like. She’s also a craniosacral therapist, a gentle form of body work, which she originally learned for her son and is now corporating it in helping families too. She mentors doulas and lactation consultants as well.
Podcast host: Katie Oshita, RN, BSN, IBCLC has over 22 years of experience working in Maternal-Infant Medicine. Katie is a telehealth lactation consultant believing that clients anywhere in the world deserve the best care possible for their needs. Being an expert on TOTs, Katie helps families everywhere navigate breastfeeding struggles, especially tongue tie and gut/allergy related issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cuddlesandmilk.com