In the Beginning
Hello! First blog post here. I guess I should start by saying that I've been very inspired by Penelope Trunk and her wonderful website penelopetrunk.com. Her first tidbit of information that truly inspired me is basically to cut through all the bullshit in your head and just start writing. She also suggested using Blogger instead of keeping your blog on something like Wix, as it's supposed to better for SEO, blah, blah, blah, so here I am.
I suppose I should introduce myself and what it is I'm going to be blogging about and why that's relative, right?
My name is Lisa Broderick-Cohen and my business is Blissed Out Mamas, LLC. I'm an IBCLC, or in English, a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I help women breastfeed and hopefully help them find some inner tigress power along the way.
I was inspired to become a Lactation Consultant eleven years ago after the birth of my daughter. I had a bitch of a time learning how to breastfeed, but once we did...Wow! It was the most loving, selfless, empowering act I have ever been engaged in. The decision to become an IBCLC fit perfectly with all the things I love and with my personality type. I'm an ENFJ, meaning I'm an extroverted feeler who likes taking care of others and doesn't like controversy, despite my punk rock, artist past. You can find out your personality type too at http://www.preludecharacteranalysis.com. It's a very cool blog and I hope you find as entertaining as I did.
Anyway, I come at this career from a feminist perspective. It seems counter intuitive, as American ideas of feminism have been about women trying to imitate men for the past 40 years, and mothering and breastfeeding are not at all about trying to be a man. I guess that's why it turned me on so much.
I have always really loved being female, not girlie, but a girl. In my last career, as an artist, almost all of my work was about the feminine, femininity, and/or feminism. I have always found it intriguing, although frustrating, that men have managed to dominate the planet for the past several thousand years because they certainly aren't any better or more worthy than women. So why? Don't get me wrong, I love men. Men are splendid creatures and have their own magical qualities, but their need to overpower and dominate because of fear of the feminine is silly. Men and women are equally important and equally fabulous, we are just different. Yin and Yang, we should appreciate and love our opposite energy, not be threatened by it. Anyway, I digress, and I'm starting to sound like a hippie.
So where does breastfeeding come in? It is one of the most sacred, loving, giving acts a woman can experience. It is something that only women can do, and we do it with our breasts, something only women have. To me it is the ultimate expression of feminism and feminine mystery in the most ancient sense.
I have devoted my entire career and life to teaching this ancient art and hopefully helping women find that mysterious power that is within us all. I hope you will follow me on this blogging journey.