I am Hilary Jacobson, a retired-but-still-working holistic lactation consultant. I certified in Switzerland where I lived 30 years, first studying music, then raising my family, and then focusing on maternal health.
Several personal experiences motivated this study.
First, I struggled with building an adequate milk supply. When I discovered the value of lactogenic foods and herbs for building and maintaining a good supply, I soon recognized that mainstream medicine had no interest in researching this area. Then began a decades-long journey of study, writing, consulting and publishing. The first result is my book Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and Herbs.
First published in 2004, Mother Food continues to be recommended by lactation consultants today.
Second, I was in not prepared for the emotional devastation that I experienced in the postpartum while dealing with chronic low milk supply. It turns out though that many women experience this deep sense of mourning, loss, trauma, failure and anger. In the group we started online in 1999, we saw that most of our mothers suffered from profound breastfeeding grief.
In 2013, I certified in hypnotherapy with special studies in trauma and medical support. Since that time, I have been working with mothers and other clients on issues having to do with trauma, grief, and emotional integration. Based on these experiences, I wrote and published the book Healing Breastfeeding Grief.
Today I live in southern Oregon where, sadly, we see fewer birds, bees, and dragonflies; more fires, drought, and heatwaves. And we know that it is going to get worse.
I write, teach and give hypnotherapy. I am also the head editor at Rosalind Press, a small publishing company.