This is not an ordinary breastfeeding book. Breastfeeding relationships are dynamic and none the same. They are like people all unique. My biggest dream in life was to be a midwife, having babies and breastfeeding them. Falling pregnant and birthing a baby boy was one of the highlights of my life. Breastfeeding came easy and natural with no obstacles or hiccups. I expected that was what happened to passionate midwives! I reached my breastfeeding goals one after the other. Lesson learned: It is possible to achieve breastfeeding goals AND enjoy it!
Fast forward a few years, pregnant again! I can do this! Doubt never crossed my mind. Ready for a second breastfeeding journey with passion and ease. Holding my beautiful baby girl on my chest was the fulfilling of my dreams, a midwife with a pigeon pair. Unfortunately this feeling did not last long. She was taken to the neonatal ICU because of her low blood sugar. After this we struggled to latch and I was not prepared for this and this started the most horrendous time of my life. Frustrated with the outcome and a continuous journey of obstacles I did not even reach my first breastfeeding goal. Guilt became my second name. Looking back at this journey, I think I have all the answers!
What started off as one of the worst times in my life turned out to be one of the best relationships I could have hoped for. I actually thank my beautiful daughter (circumstances), for my passion and calling in life. I realise that my passion and calling is to help mothers, empower them with knowledge to overcome the obstacles I faced and encourage them with the right advice and support. While on our first holiday in my favourite place Inhambane (Mozambique) the idea to write a book was birthed. I started writing but life happens. Lynda, one of my best friends, and I developed the South African Certified Lactation Consultant Course which is now accredited by Wits University, and this book idea was shelved. When this present opportunity knocked on my door, I believed God’s timing was perfect. I was ready and equipped with the knowledge and passion to empower others to reach their breastfeeding goals. Knowledge is most meaningful when shared with others.
Hettie Grove – Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Registered Community Nurse, BCur Education and Administration, Advanced Midwife, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), SACPE (SA Certified Perinatal Educator), SACLC (SA Certified Lactation Consultant), SACLC Course Developer, Gold Midwifery Advisory Committee member. Running a private practise in Springs for the last 19 years. Honorary Lecturer at Wits University.