Hello and Welcome!
I'm Lisa Broderick-Cohen, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and 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.
My baby and I began to venture out to a monthly La Leche League meetings, and a weekly hospital support group. I met other new mothers, and we learned how to navigate this new world of breastfeeding and early parenting together. We all learned how to gracefully and discreetly breastfeed in public, without covers! Being with other breastfeeding women was invaluable to maintaining sanity during a very intense time of life. Also, by attending breastfeeding groups one is able to help other new mothers, which is incredibly empowering for both the giver and receiver.
Soon, I became a La Leche League Leader and really enjoyed helping other new mothers. Successfully breastfeeding my own baby and the wonderful feelings of selflessness and love that I got from helping others was so profound, that I decided not to return to work as a designer, but to get more education and become an IBCLC. It has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Following my passion, and sharing that passion, has given me the confidence to learn, embrace and master other passions, like cooking, gardening, herbalism, and owning my own business.
I love anything that has to do with nurturing, and I think everyone should have the gift of mental, visual, and physical nourishment in their lives. Whether it's cooking and feeding your family beautiful, wholesome food, growing a wonderful garden, making a piece of art, or caring for children, animals, and significant others, nurturing others nurtures yourself.
After working for The University of Pennsylvania Health System, at Pennsylvania Hospital, for eight years, I decided to strike out on my own, and Blissed Out Mamas was born. My love, and knowledge of herbalism inspired me to create my own line of organic products found in the boutique. I missed my artwork after several years and have brought that into the fold too. I'm designing and manufacturing one of a kind diaper bags with the urban breastfeeding mom in mind. I blog about breastfeeding, early parenting, cooking and culture. When blogging about breastfeeding and sleep, I always present evidence-based information. You can feel secure knowing that my writing isn't just an opinion but can be backed up with science and research, which I always include. Please join me on this wonderful adventure and become part of Blissed Out Mamas!