By Dominique Graham
“Breastfeeding Can Be Really Stressful, So I'm Trying To Stay Grounded In What's Important” : An Interview With Melissa Minaya, Parent Participant
Melissa Minaya, is a mother of two boys ages 3 and 9 weeks. She joined the Codman Square and Mattapan breastfeeding groups after experiencing problems nursing her newborn.
Some of Melissa’s breastfeeding issues include trouble latching (attaching to the breast) and getting her 9-week old to stay attached. In our interview she also discusses conditions that interfered with her nursing journey including tongue tie and thrush.
“Breastfeeding has to become more of an inclusive journey, so that mother’s feel okay when they may need to incorporate other things in their breastfeeding journey,” says Melissa.
Supplementing with formula was one of those things. Melissa talks about using breastfeeding to build up her supply while using pumped milk and formula to give her breaks when she needs them.
While acknowledging there are moms, “like the ones on TV that have no issues with breastfeeding and nursing every two to three hours,” Melissa also knows moms who breastfeed every 30 minutes.
“It can be a really stressful experience, so I’m trying to make sure that I stay grounded in what’s the important thing -- and that’s that my baby is being fed.” Melissa attends multiple groups to support her in her breastfeeding journey and help her prepare for when she returns to work.
Check out our interview to learn more about this amazing mom and hear her advice to new moms.
Looking to join a local breastfeeding group or know a pregnant mom who may be interested. Check out the Boston Breastfeeding Coalition’s calendar to find a support group or baby cafe near you.
About the Author:
Dominique is a Boston resident, breastfeeding supporter and blogger behind DommiesBlessed.
Daily Milk hosts articles, posts and ideas from various members of our breastfeeding coalition!