Lauren Lyell, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
After having my first baby I had no idea how to breastfeed, I thought that natural = easy. I was so wrong and struggled with poor latch, undersupply, and mom guilt for not being able to feed my baby the way I wanted to. I then realized how much of a knowledge gap there was for so many moms just like me and I wanted to change that.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have been a nurse for 5 years and have been in the Pediatric ICU for the past 4 years. I frequently rotate through the NICU and have always had a love for the little people.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
I have learned that all babies and children grow and hit milestones at their own pace, and I have learned that the most successful families are those who support each other.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
My bit of advice would be to never quit on a bad day because parenting is challenging but also so rewarding if you stick to your goals that you set for yourself before baby was born.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Coffee!! and also taking a little bit of time, even if only 5 minutes, to myself each day to do something for just me. To maintain my positive outlook I just look at how much my children have grown and try and soak in all the little things they do and say right now even on the hard days.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
My objective as a Mama Coach is to empower mamas with knowledge and be a resource so that they can reach their postpartum goals.