Jace shares her experience of being both a college student and nursing mom: “It can be hectic at times. Definitely well worth it though…It’s a busy life doing both since she’s still breastfeeding. It’s also wonderful at the same time. I enjoy it. I would rather have her breastfeeding than not breastfeeding. It’s taught me a lot of patience and how to have good time management…[My favorite part is] our bond that we get to have together [and] having her close to me all the time.” Lactation rooms on campus and understanding instructors have also helped Jace continue to breastfeed.
Jace says it was her boyfriend, Josiah, and his mother, who inspired her to breastfeed their daughter. The women in Jace’s family had not breastfeed, but Josiah’s mother had breastfed 9 children. She talked to Jace about breastfeeding and helped AmeKah first latch in the hospital. Jace also met with a lactation counselor on a weekly basis for a while, to deal with early challenges such as cracked nipples and bleeding.
This past summer, Jace completed a 12-week internship with Melanie Duval, CLC, a Lactation Counselor at the Health Department in Bozeman. Jace accompanied Melanie on home visits and at the breastfeeding classes Melanie taught. Jace says the experience increased her breastfeeding knowledge and inspired her to become a CLC!
Congratulations, Jace! We wish you the best in your future career!