Hello and Welcome!
I'm Lisa Broderick, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and the Owner of Blissed Out Mamas, LLC. I am thrilled you're here! Why? Because you took the time to find me, which means you are committed to successful breastfeeding, either for yourself or someone you care about, and I think that's fabulous! Helping new families, creating new products, and educating the public about being empowered through breastfeeding is my passion! I hope I'm able to help you find exactly what you're looking for. If you have questions, please contact me, I love new ideas and feedback.
Please allow me to give you a brief history of how I arrived here...
After receiving my BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I bounced around the U.S. working in illustration and photography, and soon found myself working in the fashion world. I moved to Italy, where I worked as a costume designer, and finally settled on the East Coast where I continued to design clothing and costumes, taught fashion design at a local college and met and married my husband. After a few years we had a little surprise, we were having a baby! Hooray!
I began my pregnancy journey in much the same way many women do, throwing up and trying to grasp the whole idea of becoming a parent. It wasn't until about six months in that a friend asked me if I was planning on breastfeeding. I hadn't thought about it, keep in mind this was 2003. I wasn't breastfed, no one in my family had breastfed. I only had a few friends with kids and although they did, it was for a short time, and I hadn't paid much attention. My health care provider never mentioned it until the very end of my pregnancy, almost as an afterthought. The only time I had ever been exposed to breastfeeding in the media, it was always either made into a joke, sexualized, or was presented in a negative light. I asked my friend some questions and she encouraged me to go to a La Leche League meeting before I gave birth so I could go get some exposure to nursing. The idea of La Leche League seemed a bit too crunchy for me, I pictured lots of Birkenstocks and dreadlocks, but I decided to go anyway. Thank goodness I was wrong! They were some of the loveliest, most welcoming, warm hearted women I had ever met and I learned a ton at that very first meeting. Now I felt really excited to breastfeed.
After a long labor and birth, I finally had my beautiful, healthy daughter. I was so excited to breastfeed her, but it turned out to be more of a challenge than I expected. My baby wouldn't wake up, I couldn't figure out how to latch her, I was absolutely exhausted, and after a couple of days, my confidence was gone. We got into a dysfunctional routine of pumping and supplementing, and lots and lots of crying. By day 10 I had pumped myself into a nasty case of mastitis. I cried "Uncle!", but I did not want to formula feed. I called a hotline who put me in touch with an IBCLC. She was wonderful! She showed me how to latch my baby, praised me for hanging in there and being a good mom, and boosted my confidence with her guidance and support. I will be forever grateful to her. She literally changed my life. By helping me through my crisis point, I now had the confidence and energy to continue. Once our breastfeeding was going smoothly I was able to not only enjoy mothering more but enjoy and fully appreciate my baby more too.