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Helen Anderson, RN, CLE, is the Founder and Chief Lactation Officer of Milkies. As a wife and mother to three children, each one with unique breastfeeding joys and challenges. Helen is passionate about sharing helpful information that truly helps mothers enjoy their personal breastfeeding journey. The inspiration for Milkies was born in 2007 after Helen’s second son was born. As a nurse in busy emergency room and trauma center, she struggled with breastfeeding and storing breast milk for her 12 hour shifts.
Milkies began as a solution to maximize breast milk storage. It has evolved into a trusted source for breastfeeding information and support. With a focus on the latest research and evidence based recommendations, Helen’s Milkies blog highlights the best in breastfeeding. Helen is one of the most trusted sources for breastfeeding information. Best for Babes, Breastfeeding Mama Talk, BlogHer and ABC News have invited Helen to give helpful tips and blast breastfeeding myths. Babies R Us welcomes Helen into stores to teach Breastfeeding 102, a pumping and milk storing class.
As a wife and mother to three children, each one with unique breastfeeding joys and challenges. Helen is passionate about sharing helpful information that truly helps mothers enjoy their personal breastfeeding journey.
“When we talk honestly about our breastfeeding experiences, we create a safe environment for others to share as well. That is the time we make real, supportive connections with each other. Every mother wants the very best for her children, we have so much in common and often our experiences are very similar. Let’s have an honest discussion about what works and what doesn’t, no judgment!”
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Episodes for this expert
Persistent Pain When Breastfeeding
If you’re a new breastfeeding mom, you may have some initial discomfort. You may need to adjust your baby’s latch, or perhaps the baby’s overall position isn’t quite working out. But, in general, breastfeeding should never be painful. So, what about moms who experience persistent pain while breastfeeding? How do we explain that, and how do we figure out the problem?
Breastfeeding After Formula Feeding Your First Baby
Breastfeeding your first baby didn’t turn out exactly how you had planned and you ended up formula-feeding your baby. Or perhaps that was the plan all along. But you want things to be different with your second child. This time, your plan is to breastfeed your baby for as long as possible. It’s easy to say, but how difficult is this transition? And what tips can help you along the way?
Birth and Postpartum Doula
World Health Organization
Nurse/ Lactation Consultant