I’ll never forget that moment
I was awake at 3:00 am with an inconsolable baby. She was my first child, and I lived thousands of miles away from family.
Our breastfeeding relationship had gotten off to a very rocky start – my daughter was tongue-tied, though no one had told me that for the first four weeks.
She couldn’t control the flow of milk, which meant I was essentially fire-hosing her at every feeding. She would clamp down to stop the flow and repeatedly sputter and gasp for air. Eventually, she developed reflux, and I developed vasospasms — in other words, nerve damage on top of nipples that were already cracked and bleeding.
Needless to say, every feeding was painful for both of us. So there I was, at 3:00 in the morning, at the end of my rope.
I didn’t know what to do to give her relief, and I had no one to call. I felt desperate, alone, and so very exhausted. In that moment, I remember looking at my phone, thinking: Where is my village now, when I need them the most?
Turning a mess into a mission
I knew I wasn’t the only mom who had felt this way. So I set out to create a digital village of support for moms…
>Well, let’s be honest. I didn’t create anything for another two years until I was able to sleep more than 5 hours in a stretch.
But that moment, in the middle of the night, has never left me. I remember it so clearly. And I am proud to say we’ve created the digital village of moms and experts I always wished I’d had.
The Motherhood Directory connects women to their local professionals who can help them navigate challenges in the postpartum period and beyond.
What started as a postpartum directory of lactation consultants and pelvic floor specialists has grown to include services that will support you and your child at every stage.
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