Whole Parenting Family

Quick Tips for Best Outcome for Breastfeeding

Liz Abbene

My friend Liz is one of those women who must be too good to be true.

She’s hugging my third baby here. And this woman! Whew! Four amazing kids. Adoring husband. Chickens. Sweet tattoos. Runs her own childbirth education center, Enlightened Mama in Saint Paul services the Twin Cities. IBCLC (that’s the highest level of lactation expert). Doula.

And she always has time for me. Even if it’s just for me to run over one evening and talk birthy talk with a glass of wine. Actually I’ve done this a lot.

This time, though, we kicked it off with her advice on my going insane with three kids and how can I get my brain back. She solved my problem, by the way.

After she counseled me on that, she let me do a little series of interviews with her for expecting parents.

She answers the most common questions I hear over and over again from friends who are waiting for their first to come along.

Tips from Liz on preparing for the best outcome for nursing. Watch this short interview with her and look for our next one next week!


  1. Robynn on April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    So can you share the advice for getting your brain back?? I’m in desperate need of that.

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      HAHAHA haha ah ha YES. I’m almost a year postpartum with number 3 and it’s finally almost back. Is it bad it took this long??

  2. Cat W. on April 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Great advice! Especially the part about SEEING someone else breastfeed before your first comes. My friend urged me to go to my local LLL meetings while still pregnant. I went, and it definitely helped me to know that the support was there, but I later regretted that I didn’t just ask someone to show me how they breastfeed. I had never actually seen anyone do it, and those early days of my first baby were TOUGH. I pretty much had no clue what I was doing. (I’m now on baby #2 and I’m still not sure if I’m doing it “right,” but it seems to be working for us!)