Overwork, compassion fatigue, burnout. It’s a common cycle for anyone in a helping profession, and it feels especially intense for lactation consultants because the stakes are so high—I mean, we’re working with babies who can’t eat! Compassion fatigue is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be the end of you.
- I’m so tired: We all have limits, and we’re all going to reach them
- Hitting the wall: What it looks like when the compassion runs out
- Powering through: Getting through the other side
- Strategies for prevention: You can help yourself so you can help others
- Recharge and overcome: Put your compassion in the right place
- "When one of us falls down, let’s pull that person back up"
- "Check your superhero cape at the door because you can’t help" everyone
- "Self care is so important for us too"
- "If you don’t take care of yourself there won’t be anyone to take care of the families that need you"
- "Recognize that you are valuable and you are worth taking care of"
Annie’s Tech Tip
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Leah Jolly is a private practice IBCLC with Bay Area Breastfeeding in Houston, Texas. Annie Frisbie is a private practice IBCLC serving Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and the creator of Paperless IBCLC.