I am a Holistic Lactation Consultant, CH.HU.SI., certified during my residence in Switzerland. My training includes studies in nutrition, herbalism, yoga and acupuressure to prevent and relieve breastfeeding and postpartum problems.
At the time that my book Mother Food was first published, 2004, no one in the United States spoke of a link between diet and breastfeeding. In 2000, I began to use the phrase “lactogenic foods and herbs,” and “lactogenic diet” to describe what I had learned about the foods and herbs used around the world to increase and maintain lactation. Today, around the world, the health problems that cause lactation difficulties are sharply on the rise: obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, thyroid imbalances, low blood iron anemia, vitamin B12 anemia, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin A deficiency. If mothers are to produce nourishment for their babies, this knowledge is needed more than before.
In 2000, I became a founding member of “MOBI Motherhood Intl,” the first online group to address the kinds of breastfeeding problems that back then were still relatively new, but now are ubiquitous, for instance insufficient mammary tissue and tongue-tie.
At MOBI, we observed how many of us were suffereing from devastating feelings of loss, failure, bereftment, blame and anger. We coined the phrase “breastfeeding grief”.
I often wished to discover some way to help. I thought: There must be some kind of therapy that can help mothers quickly recover our sense of wholeness and joy, so we can bring the best of themselves to our baby and enjoy motherhood–whatever the difficulties.
In 2013, I joined a summer program to learn mindfulness-based hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Initially, I was just curious. It wasn’t until the end of the program that I recognized the value of the skills I had learned, and that I could now help mothers relatively quickly heal the wounds of birth and breastfeeding trauma. In 2016 I published the book Healing Breastfeeding Grief which has gone on to help many mothers and influence the thinking of the professional lactation community.
Today, I continue to write and research, while offering one-on-one sessions for mothers with a range of issues:
Preparation during pregnancy: to support the maturation of mammary tissue. This is helpful if low milk supply and insufficient mamamary tissue was a problem for a previous baby, or if there are indications that insufficient mammary tissue is a potential problem.
Nutritional support during lactation induction, preparation for an adopted infant or surrogate pregnancy.
Individual Consults: I work with mothers to find out an appropriate combination of nutritional councelling, emotional support through talk therapy or hypnotherapy. I have helped many mothers early in postpartum recover their milk supply while soothing their emotional wounds.
Sessions are online. Feel free to give me a call to find out if I can be a help for you.
Books by Hilary Jacobson:
Mother Food: a breastfeeding diet guide with lactogenic foods and herbs is beloved by IBCLCs, doulas, nutritionists, dietitians and many, many mothers. It is presently being translated into Korean.
Healing Breastfeeding Grief starts mothers on their journey of emotional healing when breastfeeding doesn’t work out. As one reviewer puts it, “The healing begins on the very first page.”