Here at NBBC, we want to support breastfeeding success. To help with this, we have made Ashley Petronzio part of our support team. We know that she will be a great asset to our practice and to our patients.
Ashley is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married for 12 years and has 6 children ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2. She received a BA from Virginia Tech and is an IBCLC. On top of all that, she is currently pursuing her nursing degree! Being a busy wife, mom, student and lactation consultant, she doesn’t have a lot of time for hobbies but right now she is enjoying training for triathlons.
Ashley talked with us about her own experiences with breastfeeding and how this inspired her to want to help others.
I had no issues breastfeeding my first baby, he latched right away and we went on to have an awesome experience for the next 15 months, including breastfeeding into my next pregnancy. With my second baby we really struggled with breastfeeding from day one. Latch issues, thrush, mastitis, lots of tears (both mine and hers). At one point my husband came home from work and I asked for a bottle, because I had been trying for the last 45 minutes to get her to latch. I vividly remember him saying “You don’t really want to do that, do you?”
After we worked out all of our issues it wasn’t enjoyable anymore and she never really seemed all that excited about it. We made it to 13 months. I found out about a month before that there were lactation consultants and I could have gotten help with all of my struggles! I knew right then I wanted to be one and all the pieces to do that literally fell into my lap. It was a sign! That was fall of 2006 and I’ve never looked back!
Ashley met Marcia as a patient years ago when Marcia was still working with Dr. Peacock. After having a few successful VBACs(vaginal birth after cesarean), she became interested in midwifery and eventually became a birth assistant at NBBC so providing our patient’s with lactation support is a seamless transition for everyone. She’s a natural fit in our community.
Ashley will see patients in our office by appointment 2 mornings a week. We will add more time for her to see patients if there is a demand. Each consult will include a thorough assessment of a feeding(for both mom and baby) and a breastmilk intake weight. She will also offer prenatal assessments for new moms and/or moms who have had past breastfeeding issues if needed to address questions or concerns and provide educational support.
When asked what she wishes every woman knew about breastfeeding, she replied,
I wish women knew how easy breastfeeding CAN be. There are so many obstacles to successful breastfeeding but even more support available to help! Women shouldn’t feel bad because it’s not the wonderful picture they had envisioned or not reach out for help because they think they’re doing it all wrong. Just ask for help. The payoff for the sleepless nights is totally worth it.
Ashley feels that for many women, breastfeeding has become very complicated. She hopes to help women navigate their breastfeeding issues with the goal of being able to return to the simplicity of the breastfeeding relationship. Like birth, we as a society have introduced many interventions into breastfeeding and she would like to help women find a way to resolve their issues yet not feel overwhelmed.
Ashley has some tips for new moms wanting to breastfeed successfully:
- Limit the visitors in the first hour after birth
- Rest, rest, rest…I can’t say that enough.
- Turn off the TV, phone, computer……whatever is stimulating you and your baby too much. Climb into bed and nurse your baby. Sleep, eat/drink, nurse your baby, sleep, eat/drink…you get the picture.
- Seek help from a well intentioned support person that truly has your ideals and goals in mind when you start to doubt yourself or your baby.
- Avoid seeking solutions to breastfeeding issues on the internet.
Welcome Ashley to our amazing team! Please call the office to ask about scheduling a time to meet with Ashley to address your questions or concerns about breastfeeding. You can also “like” our Natural Beginnings Lactation page on Facebook!