In case you were wondering, here is a little glimpse of a recent day. From my family to yours, know that I love what I do and the purposeful pace at which I get to do it, personally and professionally.
I get up at 6:15, do my morning chores (water my microgreens), make breakfast (usually grain free waffles and berries), and get ready for work. I do the NYT crossword while I am eating- I can usually get the Monday through Wednesday puzzle done, Thursday and Friday I do the Soduku.
Caroline (my baby, now a high-schooler) and I leave the house at 7:45 and I drop her off at school and head to the office. When I arrive, I check the Milk Bank freezer temperature, switch out office laundry (cover sheets) or fold, and set up for the day. I check email and answer. On this particular day I switched someone’s appointment and gave someone the current recommendations on taking care of clogged ducts/mastitis. Then I started seeing families:
- 1.5 week old with latching issues.
- Pre oral tie release visit where we discussed what to expect, practiced stretches, and scheduled at 24 hour post release follow up.
- Back to work visit- practiced bottle feeding, discussed schedule and amounts for bottles, discussed pumping schedule, checked flange sizes and pump settings, reviewed storage, discussed the emotional challenges as well as the physical challenges of returning to work.
- 2 week old causing mom lipstick shaped nipples.
- Virtual visit on toddler night weaning.
- Prenatal visit.
I love that I have so much variety! Lactation is not just about latching.
Between visits I change out my room, change laundry as needed, have a brief chat with Katie (if our schedules allow us a break at the same time), maybe eat lunch, and try to keep up with emails.
At the end of the day, I prep my room for the next day, put sterilized pump parts away, and drive home. I hopefully take a walk. On a good day, there are leftovers for dinner! Other days I cook dinner before charting. I am TRYING to get my charting done at work, but I usually have at least a few I need to finish, submit to insurance, and fax notes to the doctors. I’ll help C with her homework, talk to my husband, and head to bed early with a book.
It is a good and busy life! I am thankful for the opportunity to come alongside families past the newborn stage, to support them in pain management, procedure prep, the pumping process, and trouble shooting or planning for the future. I love meeting all the people that come through my door and helping them bond with their babies and work on their feeding goals.