We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Debbie Murai joined us on March 6th and will be doing office visits starting today! Here is my interview with Debbie. I can't wait for you all to meet her!
Debbie, tell us about yourself!
I was born and raised in Southern California and grew up in Orange County. I moved to San Diego after marrying my high school sweetheart, Mark. I attended San Diego State University and enjoyed working at the Fallbrook Community Clinic. One month after graduating from the nursing program at SDSU I gave birth to my first child, Kyle. About 2 years later I had my daughter Katie and 5 years after Katie I had my third child, Miles. I really enjoyed being home raising my kids, but I always had the desire to return to nursing when they went off to college. Now that my youngest child is attending college, I am looking forward to helping moms start their journey into motherhood too!
What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?
While working at the community clinic in Fallbrook, I really enjoyed working with mothers and babies and this first sparked my interest in helping moms with their breastfeeding issues. When I had my three children and dealt with the challenges and triumphs of breastfeeding, I knew when I would go back to the nursing profession, I would make lactation my focus.
What are you most excited about working for the SDBFC?
I am excited about being able to help moms meet their breastfeeding goals. I am also really excited about working in the San Diego community.
What are your top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding mama?
1. For the first few weeks, ask for help with cooking and cleaning from your friends and family when they visit. Spend as much time as you can connecting with your baby instead of doing chores.
2. Trust your instincts. There will be friends and family giving you advice with the best of intentions. You can always listen to them, but do what works best for you and your family.
3. Try to meet other new moms either through a breastfeeding support group or play group so you have other moms to get together with and share experiences.