Behind many successful breastfeeders is an awesome lactation consultant. Here in the DC area, that lactation consultant is frequently Pat Shelley of the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington. Pat is known to DC moms as The Breast Whisperer and she’s helped countless mothers get their babies fed in the early weeks of life.
I’ll never forget the day I walked into one of Pat’s classes at the Breastfeeding Center. I squeezed in between dozens of other mothers and new babies and waited to see what would happen. Pat opened a Q&A session that would change my life for the better. Moms talked openly, honestly, and compassionately while Pat dispensed gentle, helpful advice. At the end, Pat suggested that someone organize lunch out and said that women often became close friends at such lunches.
Five years later, I still count the women who were at my lunch table that day among my closest friends. I’m teary-eyed just writing about that. Pat’s classes and the group of women i met there were one of the most wonderful parts of my fist year of motherhood.
When I saw an email today about Medela taking calls for nominations for their Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence, Pat was the first person who came to my mind. What a great chance for her amazing work to be recognized!
Medela is taking nominations until April 30th for lactation consultants, professional breastfeeding advocates and community breastfeeding advocates. If there’s someone in your life who helps women with breastfeeding, think about nominating them!
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