About Me

Welcome to Galactablog.

My name is Tamara. I work as a Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a volunteer tam ty & eliBreastfeeding Counselor, Peer Counselor Trainer and Program Developer and on the Board of Directors of Nurture Project International. I have a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and an MA in Near Eastern Studies. I am also a mama to 1 little boy and a rescued Arabian Mau. Currently, I reside Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

29I founded Galactablog when I was living in Beirut, Lebanon where I was a breastfeeding mother myself and working as a Lactation 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 skimp on formula. The refugee crisis has only highlighted the importance of breastfeeding during emergencies. Breastfeeding myths permeate society at all levels: health professionals, family and friends, neighbors and caregivers. Frequently, loved ones think they are helping when in fact, they are creating more obstacles. There were only a handful of Lactation Specialists in the entire country and we worked very closely and tirelessly together.

Yet not everyone who wants to help breastfeeding dyads succeed is able to be (or even  wants to be) a Lactation Professional. However, this does not prevent them from  being breastfeeding advocates, breastfeeding supporters, peer counselors, or  sympathetic members of a support network. In Lebanon, like the rest of the Middle Eastern  region, women want to breastfeed, but breastfeeding information, encouragement and  support is sorely lacking. 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. 

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. I created Galactablog to be a venue for Lactation Professionals and those aspiring to be to share their information, resources, latest evidence-based research and recommendations, and tricks and tips – so that we together create a wide array of breastfeeding resources that are accessible in many different capacities and to diverse populations worldwide. Through this, we can not only help each other in our professional development, but we can also form a community that will help benefit breastfeeding families across the globe. 

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Mothers from all over the world breastfeeding their babies in Lebanon.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your website with me! I have been a volunteer breastfeeding community support resource since the late 1980’s. My helping style tends to be more like a village auntie folksy because I am not a healthcare worker. I have helped thousands of mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. I do not charge money for my knowledge.

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    • Welcome to Galactablog Elly! You’ve been helping breastfeeding mothers and families for over 30+ years – that’s amazing and such an inspiration! That’s the goal of this blog, to share information that is relevant to healthcare workers, lactation specialists and those aspiring to be and those who just want to help others breastfeed. Where I am living now, we have a dearth of resources, so I’m trying to create a venue where we can all share and learn from each other. Frequently, we learn more from the comments on the posts (and shared experiences) than we do from the original post. That’s what I’m trying to do, is to create a dialogue for all of us all over the world. Thank you so much for following and commenting. I look forward to getting to know you better.

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