Jenn Leckie, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
In 2016 I started my own wild ride into motherhood with my amazing little boy Davis. As a new first time mother I had difficulties I didn't expect. I had an alert, adorable, hungry little boy who loved to eat and comfort suck but also had an undiagnosed tongue tie and lip tie.
It took 6 weeks of extremely painful breastfeeding before we discovered the problem. With a shallow latch and aggressive feeder I was only able to get an effective latch in a certain position and in a very specific way, and only at home. I searched for help but felt lost and very discouraged. This, coupled with my post-partum anxiety, led to a few very emotional days before I went back to the basics in breastfeeding education and my experience with helping other women to find what worked for me and my baby.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a nurse, so after high school I attended Douglas College where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As amazing as all nursing fields are, it was maternity that really confirmed that this was exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I immediately enrolled in BCIT for my Perinatal Specialty Certificate. Over the last 10 years I have expanded my role into antenatal clinics, labour and delivery nurse and postpartum nursing. I find it extremely rewarding helping and supporting women and their families in their brief hospital stay and sending them home empowered to be their best possible parent.
"My son was refusing to nurse off of my left side. Jennifer provided prompt service and great options to help get my supply going and advice for getting my son to take the left side. She was thorough and quick with the information. She was very kind and compassionate with my situation. I totally recommend Jennifer." "Jenn's commitment to her clients is impressive. We had been having troubles with our little one gaining enough weight and Jenn's knowledge and expertise made a huge difference for us. I so appreciated the support at such a critical time in our new family's life."
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
Working closely with mamas and families I have learned so much about women and children. Women are amazing, strong, determined and powerful humans and as a labour and delivery nurse and Mama Coach I am amazed daily. I love being there to show mama's how to use these traits to further succeed in motherhood and how to thrive in their own parenting styles and goals. As a Mama Coach I see how smart, resilient and resourceful children are. I know that each child is unique and that each plan and visit need to be tailored to that specific child and parent. I love that I can give that extra support to make goals come to fruition.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Being a parent and especially a new parent can be exciting and exhausting all at the same time. My biggest piece of advice it so enjoy it. Take time to slow down and be with your little one; the laundry or dishes or any other household chores can wait. It all goes by so quickly and you don't want to miss any of it. If you are not able to enjoy these moment don't be afraid to ask for help from family friends or a Mama Coach. We are there to support when you need it.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Self-care is so important to me and should be with all mothers but it can feel impossible to fit it in the time with life going on. I started a ritual of self-care Sunday's where I pick one small task that is only for me. It doesn't have to be a whole day event unless you want it to be but even taking a moment to enjoy life.
For me, I like to garden and on Sundays I head outside sometimes with or without my son and head into the garden. Collecting the flowers for a bouquet for the table or pulling the weeds all is therapeutic for me. For you it might be cozying up for a show in the evening, journaling or going out with friends.
Check out my Facebook page on Sundays for posts on some self-care ideas I will be doing at home and join with me.
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