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Maureen is very angry at what she was not told as a young mother and feeding her baby & she is on a mission, even if it upsets the apple cart, to educate parents about infant feeding. She says that if educators had to worry about making parents feel guilty about many of the subjects, we would be missing out on very important information and that would be negligent. Take a listen.
Maureen had a child and this changed the course of her lifes work. She had no idea how difficult breastfeeding could be in the 1970’s and suffered with excruciating pain for 3 months and the only reason she continued is because her mother who was poor in the 1940s when she was born, had similar problems, but persevered because she was poor. Her mother kept telling her that it was so terrible, but when you get past all the pain there is nothing like it and you just have to persevere. My middle-class friends parents would say to them why would you continue doing this when you are in so much pain? We have formula now and so why would you keep doing this and be in pain? I brought you up on formula and you were fine and of course, they stopped breastfeeding.
Dr. Newman was born in a small city near Tel Aviv. His family immigrated to Canada when he was 15 months old and he grew up as an only child in Toronto. He has 3 children, ages 32, 35 and 40 years old. Dr. Newman has worked as a pediatrician for many years in the Emergency Department until 1992, when he went Full Time to the Breastfeeding Clinic. He has done a fair bit of traveling. He was just in China in December for 3 weeks and has spoken in every state in US and in every province in Canada.
He spoke in Bejing, Tawiaan, hong kong and makaw. While this trip was a business one, Dr. Newman describes it as a interesting trip because of the heavy smog in Bejing. He had a cough that turned into a virus and while he managed to fulfill his speaking engagements, he needed to come home to really recover. He spoke of Red alerts they had related to the smog. Because it was so bad, there were days when the schools and factories were closed and days when you could not drive. They had odd and even days based on your drivers license. However, Dr. Newman is quick to point out that some of the wealthier people had plates that would cover them for odd and even so they were not limited to certain days to drive.
Eddie shares his personal insights about how he viewed breasts before his wife gave birth and after when she started breastfeeding: Yes, Eddie is the first Dad that I have interviewed on the show. Before his wife got pregnant he saw breastfeeding as being a natural part of normal everyday life, However, he does admit that being a guy there were some uncomfortable aspects of it. Being a guy and being attracted to woman and being attracted to breasts and seeing them with their breasts exposed, it was uncomfortable. There were times when he would be having a conversation with a woman and one part of his brain is going wow what a beautiful woman and looking at her breasts and the other part of my brain is like – look the other way.
Eddie grew up in a rather religious household that things like sex education were not being talked about. However, he definitely has always felt that breastfeeding is something that was totally natural. I was never offended previously tohis wife having their child and it is not something that I never found offensive. If anything, it was just about himfeeling uncomfortable with the sexuality part of it.
I was introduced to Vanessa from Kate Erickson from Kates Take on Entrepreneur on Fire. I have loved her podcast and I wish I had this show around when I was pregnant.
Vanessa tells us she is originally from San Diego, mom, dad and brother. who is two years younger. Small family and no extended family.Dad serial entrepreneur and home with family a lot. She spent her childhood on the sand and sun and skateboarding. Love SD and lives with her husband and 1 1/2 year old. Went to college in Santa Barbara and then came back to San Diego.
She always thought she would have been that big corner office, big corporate job, which she feels she did achieve, but never thought she would be doing anything entrep or pregnancy at all, but being a parent has helped see the world and her life and through a differ perspective. It is through being a mom that I have found this passion to help parents navigate birth and all the craziness that all comes along with it. As a younger person, I never imagined that I would be doing the work that I am currently doing.
She got turned onto birth during her pregnancy. During her pregnancy she admits to being pretty obsessed with researching and making sure she made the best decisions for her and consuming all that information and then being able to have a really good birth experience. and being able to Sticking to her birth plan has been great and being nice to able to help other people where they can do the same thing. Helping them make good decisions about their pregnancy and birth where they feel good and confident about their decisions and plan for their birth and execute the plan for what they want.
We have a discussion about the differences in how babies respond to the procedure, the aftercare exercises and how long it takes some babies to recover from the procedure and mothers and babies to get to the place of normal breastfeeding. Dr. Agarwal highlights the fact that the tongue does not know how to really move well as it has been restricted for so long. So all the mechanics of the tongue movement and how it is going to function – all this change needs an adjustment period. It takes a while for the tongue to figure out what it is suppose to do. There are also a lot of pieces to this recovery and normal breastfeeding. Some of these moving parts ( variables) are:
1. Mom’s breast size,
2. Mom’s milk production.
3. Mom’s pain level
4. Mom’s perception of babies pain
5. Babies pain or soreness level
6. Babies, palate, jaw, tongue length, just to name a few variables.
Dr Rajeev Agarwal is a local pediatrician in Arizona. He has a beautiful wife and 2 children. Dr. Agarwal moved to Arizona in 2005 and opened his first office the same year. If you are ever in the area, you must take a tour of his amazing office, It truly is a treat. He has since moved to a second office. Over the years, he has received many awards, which he proudly displays in his office. He is an expert in tongue tie procedures and has performed many over the past few years. He is also a member of the (IATP) International Association of Tongue Tie Professionals. Dr Agarwal is in hot demand as a speaker and has spoken world wide.
Dr. Agarwal was born in India, and grew up in different cities because his father worked for the government as a telecommunications engineer and he would get transferred to different cities every few years. His mother stayed home with her 4 children. Dr. Agarwal describes his growing up years as being very blessed and living a very charmed life with doting parents and siblings. He was very creative with painting and drawing. His mother leaned towards treating childhood illnesses with home medicine and this is where the seeds were planted for being a physician and using natural medicine. He started engineering school and did well, but it was not very fulfilling. He did really well with it but did not feel the love. It was his sister who saw in him that he did not seem very happy with this. Since she saw that he was always the one asking people how they were doing and was so kind and caring, that perhaps he would enjoy being a Doctor. He said okay, took the exam and was accepted into medical school. As a kid growing up, it is not anything I ever thought I would be doing. We are a very close knit family She was in medical school. She said you will probably enjoy medicine more than the physics and math and I am so glad that she suggested as this was the best decision I made in my life.