I have been playing with some version of this thought for years, “If I could do anything after I pass my exam what would it be”
the answer is always the same…
Open a clinic with like minded lactation professionals.
Always the same idea but I play with the way this looks. I envision group collaboration, community building, clinic/ home/ Skype consults with appropriate follow up care that goes for MONTHS linking personal guidance to community peer meetings and support. I see a small group of lactation professionals that share:
Clinical work that includes antenatal/ postpartum classes, childbirth education, professional continuing Ed classes, mentorships.
Home visits for families experiencing lactation concerns, checking for new families wanting extra support and education about returning to work and finally
Community outreach: professional run peer to peer groups, topics including what to expect the first hours/ days/ weeks / months/ years, where to get support, the birth- breastfeeding connection, baby wearing, cosleeping, elimination communication, and on and on…..