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Honest Mamas Podcast

Supporting women emotionally & spiritually on the motherhood journey.
Three psychotherapists, moms, and friends share stories & interviews about pregnancy, fertility, parenting, motherhood and much more. The Honest Mama founders are Sophie Darch McEntee, LMFT, Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT and Claire R. Colaço, LMFT.

Podcast produced by Pete Bailey.

Oct 26, 2017

Welcome to episode eight of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Melissa Cole about how she became a lactation consultant, the shock mothers have when they find out how difficult breastfeeding can be, and discuss some common myths about breastfeeding.

Melissa has been passionate about providing feeding support since 2002. Melissa believes it is a great honor to provide nurturing, quality care to families as they work towards their feeding goals. In addition to comprehensive lactation support, Melissa also works with families coping with unique feeding concerns impacted by prematurity, food allergies, lip/tongue tie concerns, oral motor dysfunction, complex feeding issues, low milk supply, and beyond. Read more about Melissa Cole, founder of Luna Lactation.

Luna Lactation provides comprehensive support to families coping with feeding concerns. Our practice is a micro-practice. A micro-practice is a healthcare model in which a solo provider can focus on individualized, client-centered care since they keep their practice small. We only see one family at a time in an unhurried environment. Being a micro-practice allows us to provide continuity and high-quality, efficient care. Clients appreciate the ease of access they have when they need to reach the lactation consultant whenever questions or concerns arise. At Luna Lactation, we understand that feeding challenges are emotional and don’t always happen Mon-Fri 9-5! Prompt, personalized, mindful care is our goal and we hope you’ll appreciate the benefits of our micro-practice too!


What you’ll hear in this episode


  • How Melissa became a lactation consultant
  • The shock mothers have when they find out how difficult breastfeeding can be
  • How often Melissa sees breastfeeding not working for mothers
  • The major emotional impacts that can happen to mothers
  • Dealing with the grief of not being able to breastfeed
  • Ways relationships around a mother can be impacted from breastfeeding
  • How and why breast is not always best
  • How anxiety and postpartum depression can affect breastfeeding