Lynnelle’s passions center on the family. She has strong beliefs about nurturing mothers so that they can, in turn, nurture their family. She believes that new families, mothers in particular, need to be given support and encouragement to follow their own inner guidance about raising their families. She has found that there is much information given to new mothers that tells them to follow various “experts” when beginning to raise their family; and that they often forget that they have instincts and often enough experience to connect with their children early and effectively.
Lynnelle is the wife of an adorable husband and mother of 8 beautiful, energetic children. She and her husband have chosen to home school their children and are finding success in that endeavor. “Breastfeeding formed the basis of our early relationship building”, Lynnelle says about her own family. “Learning to put the needs of a child above ours, as adults, is humbling, intense, and totally worth it.” She believes that breastfeeding on demand shaped she and her husband’s early adoption of learning to listen to, and respond to, their children’s needs. This pattern of communication has continued and has given their children the confidence and capacity to be successful people.
In Lynnelle’s words, “Breastfeeding is a way for mothers to gain confidence in their ability to mother their children. I have watched mothers look into the eyes of their babies in amazement at what they are doing and become completely emotionally attached to their baby. This early attachment serves their family well, as the demands of mothering become real and insistent.”
In the pursuit of family support, Lynnelle has been a LLL Leader off and on for 14 years, has practiced as a DONA certified birth Doula, and holds a CLEC from UCSD, a CLC from the Healthy Children’s Project in Massachusetts. and a CLE from Evergreen Perinatal Education in WA. With these education and counseling certificates, Lynnelle is teaching breastfeeding classes for doulas, midwives, and community members. “I love teaching! It has been extremely rewarding to be able to give good breastfeeding information to women and their partners before they have their baby!” Lynnelle also sees clients for one-on-one appointments when needed. Scheduling is done through Sheila at New Beginning’s Birth Center.
Lynnelle is currently pursuing a certificate in parent counseling through ISIP and will be offering ‘Tearless Discipline’ parenting classes in the spring of 2013. She is also pursuing a BS degree in Maternal and Child Health: Lactation Consulting with the Healthy Children’s Project.