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Maven Clinic: a postpartum life saver

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Disclosure: I received one free 20-minute visit with a healthcare provider with Maven. All opinions are my own.

Two things I’ve found to be true about being a new parent (at least for me): 1) it can be hard to get out of the house and 2) you worry/have questions about everything. A recent discovery has helped ease my anxiety — and I didn’t even have to leave the house!

I’m exclusively breastfeeding Calvin and for something that’s supposed to be so natural, man…breastfeeding is hard. Every time I feel like we have the hang out of it, something happens that throws everything off. In the early days, when I was worried about Calvin getting enough to eat (which obvi wasn’t an issue since he’s now 16 (!!) pounds) and things were still pretty painful, I decided I needed to see a lactation consultant (LC). A few things kept me from actually scheduling an appointment: I wasn’t happy with the hospital’s LC, leaving the house for an appointment was stressing me out and having a home visit was expensive. Enter Maven.

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I originally heard about Maven when a friend sent me a promo code for a free visit. I loved the concept and I found the app to be really easy to navigate and enjoyed watching the providers’ video bios. I immediately scheduled an appointment with a LC for that evening — for 8 p.m. a time that would be convenient for us (after dinner, etc).

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At 8 p.m. I got comfy in my bed and opened up the app. My video consultation started shortly with Yosefa, an MD and IBCLC. We went through all of my questions and I finished the appointment feeling much less worried and much more confident.

Since that first video appointment, I’ve had three more appointments with the same LC and I feel like she knows us pretty well now even without ever having been in the same room together at the same time. She helped me through a couple of cases of bad plugged ducts, figure out why Calvin went through a short period where he wasn’t eating well and helped me get comfortable with pumping before returning to work.

I haven’t booked any appointments with any other providers, but there are nutritionists, physical therapists, pediatricians, mental health providers, doulas, etc. Obviously, some health issues require an in-person visit and there are certain things I’d want to see my regular doctor for, but for many things, Maven is a great option!

If you’d like to give it a try for free, use my code O3DHN.


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Reflections on the past two months

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I can’t believe that I have a two month old. Well, actually, now that I’m finally getting around to writing this, I have a nine week old!

The past nine weeks have been intense. We’ve made it through getting the hang of breastfeeding, gaining his birth weight back (and then some!) after being born, jaundice, weeks of crying for hours non-stop every evening, three road trips, a wedding and a hotel stay and waking up every two hours during the night — phew!

Drinking milk is SO exhausting.

Drinking milk is SO exhausting. (Also, notice the vacuum cleaner in the background? This was during the non-stop crying marathons and a REAL vacuum is all that’d soothe him.)

But we’ve also gotten to experience the incredible bonding experience that is breastfeeding, my husband and I learning to work together as a team, his first smile, showing him off to friends and family, his first 5K — and so much more.

Calvin's first wedding!

Calvin’s first wedding!

I wouldn’t say that I feel like the past two months have flown by, but at the same time, I can’t believe how much little C has changed already. Parenting, just like life, has it’s ups and downs, but it’s funny how quickly the ups make you forget about the downs ❤

Can’t wait to see what the next two months bring!

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