The Birth Ease Podcast
018 Addressing the Fear & Stress Surrounding Breastfeeding with Kathy Bradley
Listen in as Michelle and Kathy Bradley explore the sources of fear and stress that can create doubts surrounding the ability to breastfeed our babies and trust ourselves as parents. They also discuss the importance of reducing the shame present in our culture regarding breastfeeding and the guilt a mother can feel if she needs to supplement, is unable to breastfeed, or decides to bottle and/or formula feed her baby.
“We are getting the messages in our culture that breastfeeding is best, but it’s not being modeled. So in an unconscious, non-verbal way we are getting two different messages that we are diabolically opposed.” —Kathy Bradley
About Kathy Bradley:
Spanning a 30 year career in the maternal health field, Kathy is the visionary behind Childbirth Concierge. She holds a degree in Communication and Public Relations, and is a Certified Childbirth Consultant as well as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Kathy’s focus over the years has been providing education and support to women of all income levels. She worked for 14 years in Maternal Health at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida. As the founder and executive director of the former Childbirth Enhancement Foundation, she developed partnerships and training programs for community based doula programs with 14 hospitals. Kathy developed the Community Outreach Perinatal Educator Program for Commonsense Childbirth, Inc.- a nonprofit institution dedicated eliminating racial and class disparities in perinatal health and improve birth outcomes for all.
She is strongly motivated to support women no matter how they choose to birth or feed their babies. As a mother of 5, she truly understands the challenges families face preparing for birth and caring for their newborns. A born educator, she is in her element teaching new parents and health professionals.
Connect with Kathy Bradley:
Facebook: Childbirth Concierge
YouTube: Childbirth Concierge
Connect with Michelle Smith:
YouTube: Birth Ease
Show: The Birth Ease Podcast