We’ve been wanting to do this episode for quite some time because we know how many of you are struggling with both sleep and breastfeeding. Often these are two relationships that go hand in hand and there are many questions from parents in regards to both. The reason why we’ve waited until Season 3 is simply because it was very difficult to find a lactation consultant that checked all our boxes. We wanted to make sure that the professional that we brought to you was very much that, a professional with the right experience and training that gave us the confidence to share them with you. Sleep Expert Alanna McGinn also wanted to make sure that the lactation consultant we spoke with was educated and passionate about breastfeeding and its importance but didn’t make you leave this episode feeling any more breastfeeding guilt than perhaps you already do. It was also very important for us to share someone who understood sleep training, and while perhaps didn’t agree with everything, was open minded enough to have the conversations with us and who also understood that when a lactation consultant and sleep consultant work together, everyone benefits.
Jada Shapiro is the founder of boober, a femtech startup which connects expectant and new parents to expert, in-person #pregnancytopostpartum care providers. Jada is a longtime birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor, birth photographer, and mother. An expert in maternal health, she frequently moderates and appears on panels at top parenting conventions and provides birth and breastfeeding consultation to TV shows, A-list actors, and major films (most recently to Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky’s latest feature). Jada is a media expert on childbirth, lactation, and newborn parenting, and is regularly sought out for insight and information by major media outlets. She is also the founder of Birth Day Presence, which, since 2002, has helped 20,000+ New York families bring their babies into the community with childbirth-education classes and doula services.