Welcome to Galactablog.
Hi! I’m Tamara. I’m an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and also an accredited La Leche League International Leader. After spending the past decade in the Middle East, my family and I have recently resettled in Ireland.
I founded Galactablog when I was living in Beirut, Lebanon where I was a breastfeeding mother working as a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. In Lebanon, initiation rates are high and nearly all new mothers attempt to breastfeed, however, very few continue to exclusively breastfeed and even fewer persist for the WHO recommended 6 month period. Mixed feeding is not only common but a pervasive public health issue as nearly all water sources are contaminated and poverty has forced many to “stretch” and water-down formula.
In Lebanon, like the rest of the Middle Eastern region, women WANT to breastfeed, but breastfeeding information, encouragement and support is sorely lacking, as are resources. This phenomenon is not just pertinent to the Middle East, but in many other parts of the world, where Lactation Specialists and mothers have to make do with what we have, or even “MacGyver” our own breastfeeding aids in times of need – particularly when we don’t have Amazon or Target to fall back on.
This is how the idea of Galactablog was born. I know Lactation Professionals all over the world have knowledge, information and tricks of the trade to share. Galactablog was created as a venue for Lactation Professionals and those aspiring-to-be to share their information, resources, recommendations, and tricks and tips. For those just beginning their lactation training (or even just considering it), Galactablog was established as a forum where one could obtain objective information and reviews about different lactation training programs.
The goal is that together we can create a wide array of breastfeeding support and resources that are accessible in many different capacities and to diverse populations worldwide. Through this, we can not only help each other grow as professionals, we can also form a community that will help families across the globe obtain their breastfeeding goals.