Coming to Terms With a Fussy Baby, Rachael Svendsen

Rachael Svendsen’s birth was what she would call a perfect birth. The postpartum period? Not so much. Dealing with tongue and lip ties, along with a baby that needed her all the time, was much harder than she imagined. So what got her through all that? Let’s find out. Stay tuned. Check it out!

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What we talked about:

  • Rachael’s birth goes according to plan
  • A frustrating start to breastfeeding
  • Dealing with lip and tongue ties
  • Thinking she’d be more patient than she was
  • The struggle of being needed all the time
  • The 6 mo. turning point
  • Panic attack wake up call!
  • This is not fun: what is wrong with us?
  • Paying attention to what your body is saying
  • You can do hard things
  • Accepting (and adjusting) to the baby you got
  • Babywearing and bedsharing for the win
  • Getting used to your “alien and strange body”


Rachael Svednsen breastfeeds her newborn - Birthful Podcast Postpartum Story

Breastfeeding her newborn


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About Rachael Svendsen

Besides being a mother to an intense and wonderful son, Rachael is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who works with foster and adoptive families in the Los Angeles area. Favorite mother/son bonding time includes blowing bubbles in the backyard, nursing, and reading Todd Parr’s “I Love You” book. Other hobbies include cooking new vegan recipes, running, and watching documentaries with her fabulous partner and amazing sister. To connect, email rachaelcsvendsen[at]yahoo[dot]com





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