I am Hilary Jacobson. I am a retired-but-still-working certified holistic lactation consultant. I certified in Switzerland, where I lived 30 years, first studying music, then raising my family, and finally researching and writing about obscure areas of maternal health.
Several personal experiences compelled me to pursue this study.
First, my problems with building an adequate milk supply, and then discovering the value of foods and herbs for building and maintaining a good supply. I realized that mainstream medicine knew nothing about this area, and also had no interest in this study. Realizing the profound difference that dietary changes made on my life as a new mother, I felt compelled to share this knowledge with the world, and began a decades-long journey of study, writing, consulting and publishing. The first result is my book Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and Herbs.
Second, I was in no way prepared for the emotional devastation that I experienced in the postpartum while dealing with chronic low milk supply. It turns out though that many women experience this deep, emotional sense of mourning, loss, failure and anger. In the group we started online in 1999, we learned that most of our mothers suffered from breastfeeding grief.
In 2013, I certified in hypnotherapy with special studies in trauma and medical support. Since that time, I have been working with mothers and other clients on issues having to do with trauma, grief, and emotional integration. From this experience, I wrote and published the book Healing Breastfeeding Grief.
Today I live in southern Oregon where, sadly, we see fewer birds, bees, and dragonflies; more fires, drought, and heatwaves.
I write, teach and give hypnotherapy. I am also the head editor at Rosalind Press, a small publishing company.