October's Member of the Month is split between two amazing members! Kate Tuttle and Olivia Moran - our ABN Scholarship winners who attended our 1st Annual Appalachian Breastfeeding Conference on October 6, 2017 in Beckley, WV!
Kate Tuttle is a 28 year old mother of a wonderful two year old son, Bennett. She has lived her entire life in Southeastern Ohio. Most recently in Racine, OH, the heart of Appalachia. When she started on her breastfeeding journey, she was a lone traveler. She had a husband and mother who were nothing short of great cheerleaders, although just as uneducated as she felt she was. Her mom never breastfed Kate or her siblings because “you just didn’t do that then. Doctors didn’t ever talk about it. They sent you home with formula and told you congratulations”. She had to learn on her own how to navigate through the sometimes rocky terrain. But she made it! She breastfed her son for 15 months and followed his self-weaning cues. She believes breastfeeding education is important in normalizing breastfeeding. The more women who view breastfeeding as the biological norm and the more they are encouraged to do it, the more common it will become.
Olivia Moran lives in Clifton Forge, VA. She is currently a La Leche League Leader, Midwifery Apprentice, Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator, and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Breastfeeding is her passion! She believes that breastfeeding is more than nurtition, it's mothering the way nature intended. Breastfeeding meets all of the primal and emotional needs of children. Tailored nutrition that changes from one feeding to another, all day, everyday. Breastfeeding also keeps the Mom/baby/toddler dyad in close proximity regularly. Fully filling that primal desire of emotional and physical touch as often as possible from the mother to the child.
She has five incredible children and has found the joy and hardships that can come with breastfeeding. She has overcome poor latch, over supply, mastitis(many times), vasospasms, yeast/thrush, pregnant while nursing, and other common issues that can arise with breastfeeding. She had the privilege to find wonderful support from midwives, lactation consultants, and La Leche League. With out these passionate women, she would have given up with breastfeeding with her first baby. She wants to be there for other woman and children the same way she was cared for. It's her pleasure to serve my tiny corner of the globe and she looks forward to continuing for many years to come.
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.