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My name is Cyndi Garcia. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California and I identify myself as Mexican-American.
My commitment to breastfeeding begin after having my very own first breastfeeding experience with my firstborn.
From the beginning of my pregnancy, I had a motherly instinct and desire to nourish my baby from the breasts God gave me. I surely wasn’t aware that being in labor for more than 15 hours would lead to an emergency c-section. I had little time to think what was ahead of me, but I held on to my faith. My baby was born and unfortunately, he had a hard time breathing and a few other health concerns. I got to kiss my baby before they rushed him to the NICU. My breastfeeding journey began with being away from my baby and becoming a pumping mom zombie, 24/7 for 1 week, which seemed longer than my entire pregnancy. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, my family and my awesome children’s first nurse.
I think breastfeeding is important because not only is it every baby’s right to feed the way nature intended, but it’s also very important to help build healthier families in all our communities.
I think there is a lot of work to be done but we can help preserve breastfeeding and increase rates in our Latino communities if we have more breastfeeding education available.
This is a big reason why I was inspired to become the first Latina IBCLC in Oklahoma. There is a lot that gets lost in translation. Therefore, I feel blessed and honored to be able to help other mothers in my own native language.
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering to administrate an online breastfeeding support group for moms in the Tulsa community.
I would like to encourage future breastfeeding Latina sisters to please make time to read and educate yourself during your pregnancy about the importance of a natural birth, and the great benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby.
I would like to let my Latina sisters know that although breastfeeding can have some challenges, you are not alone. There are resources available where you can reach out for help in person, online or by phone.
Tulsa Resources include:
Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline 24/7