The First Latch Podcast

By Barbara Demske RN, BSN

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The First Latch Podcast is a show brought to you to help connect, inspire, and empower mothers from all over the world. The journey through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and motherhood is hard, beautiful, and transformative. Those stories are told here for all mothers, everywhere.

Episode Date
No. 51 | Birth and Breastfeeding with Emily Moretti of Mama Wilder
This week I talk with Emily Moretti of Mama Wilder on Instagram. We talk about Emily's experience moving to Colorado as a single mother and how her passion for birth evolved. We also talk about her experience with tongue tie with her second daughter.
Aug 01, 2019
No. 50 | The Impact of Social Media with Gina O'Brien
After going on a social media "break" after my anxiety flared up, I thought this subject needs to be discussed. I'm excited to have friend Gina O'Brien on to share on her experience and how social media is affecting our culture.
Jun 27, 2019
No. 49 | Getting The Most From Your Pump
This week I share ALL my tips and tricks for getting the most from your breast pumping experience. Tips for exclusive pumpers and working mothers alike, you don't want to miss this!
Jun 13, 2019
No. 48 | Postpartum Depletion with Shruti of Freshly Moms
This week, I chat with Shruti, Founder of Freshly Moms. We dive deep into postpartum depletion...something I never even heard of. Such a valuable episode for ALL mothers!
May 30, 2019
No. 47 | Working And Breastfeeding: Working From Home
This week Stephanie shares her story as a working and breastfeeding mother who works from home. Stephanie also shares how her journey is especially meaningful after a previous loss.
May 16, 2019
No. 46 | Real Food For Pregnancy with Lily Nichols RDN, CDE
Author Lily Nichols joins the podcast today to discuss her new book Real Food for Pregnancy. We talk about the importance of nutrition during pregnancy, epigenetic influence, gestational diabetes and even how the quality of breastmilk is influenced by nutrition.
May 09, 2019
No. 45 | Twin Breastfeeding Journey
This week, Emma Livengood shares her experience breastfeeding twins! Her story takes a surprise turn when she casually mentions her twin breech vaginal birth! You don't want to miss this one!
May 02, 2019
No. 44 | Inducing Lactation: Update with Glenis and Tiffany
So happy to have Glenis and Tiffany back on the podcast this week! Both mothers have returned to work and are both still breastfeeding Orion. They share the ups and downs of the journey and how they feel about their journey thus far.
Apr 25, 2019
No. 43 | Nursing Older Babies with Barbara Robertson, IBCLC
This week, I’m sharing an episode of The All Things Breastfeeding Podcast that was published a few years ago that I recorded with Barbara Robertson, IBCLC (my mentor)!
Apr 18, 2019
No. 42 | Back To Work After Baby With Lori Mihalich-Levin JD
This week Lori Mihalich-Levin talks with me about gong back to work after baby. A often stressful time for working mothers and I know I was completely unprepared for the emotional toll I would have to deal with. Must listen for all working mamas!
Apr 11, 2019
No. 41 | Podcast Bloopers
This week I share behind the scenes of interviews, bloopers, and parts of podcast episodes that didn't make the final cut! I hope you get a quick laugh in knowing that most of the time, I have no idea what I'm doing!
Mar 28, 2019
No. 40 | Navigating Adult Friendships In Motherhood
Adult friendships can be HARD. An unexpected part of the transition into motherhood that no one really talks about. Today, my friend Kaelah and I talk about our adult friendships and how they've affected our motherhood journey.
Mar 14, 2019
No. 39 | Breastfeeding In Public Roundtable
This week, Maria from Little Peach London, and Nat from Nat The Natural Mom join me in an important conversation about breastfeeding in public. I was personally offended when someone close to my family compared breastfeeding in public to a horror movie!
Mar 07, 2019
No. 38 | Lactation Link with Lindsey Shipley IBCLC
Lindsey Shipley, founder and CEO of Lactation Link shares her journey today on how she launched her successful business after battling cancer. She also shares her top tips for a good milk supply-you don't want to miss these tips!
Feb 21, 2019
No. 37 | Weaning
This week Barb talks about the weaning process and tackles the most common questions when it comes to weaning. There are so many dynamics that are really dependent on developmental age which we discuss at length!
Feb 14, 2019
No. 36 | Sarah Wells Bags with Sarah Wells
This week Sarah Wells of Sarah Wells Bags joins the show! From her own breastfeeding journey through the creation of her business, Sarah shares it all! An inspiring episode highlighting how woman entrepreneurs are leading the way in business!
Feb 07, 2019
No. 35 | Motherlove Herbal Company with Silencia Cox
Silencia Cox, CEO of Motherlove Herbal Company joins the podcast today to share the story of Motherlove. How the company was started, and continues to grow today.
Jan 31, 2019
No. 34 | All Things Sleep with Alyssa Campbell of Seed and Sew
This week we are chatting all things sleep! So many moms are worried about sleep, and have so many sleep questions. Sleep Consultant Alyssa Campbell of Seed and Sew joins us to share her expertise!
Jan 17, 2019
No. 33 | Postpartum Anxiety
This week I am sharing my own story with postpartum anxiety and the lightbulb moment where I finally realized that I have anxiety. I am sharing today some very intimate details of my experience in hopes that others know they are not alone.
Jan 10, 2019
No. 32 | Working and Breastfeeding: Veterinary Technology Instructor
This Week, mama Sam Geiling shares her experience as a working and breastfeeding mother as a college instructor in Hawaii. Her story is so positive and a great example that going back to work as a breastfeeding mother can be a great experience!
Dec 27, 2018
No. 31 | Working and Breastfeeding: Business Traveling
This week on the podcast, I’m starting a new series for working and breastfeeding mothers. My hope is to highlight different professions and share all the the ways these working moms are making breastfeeding work! This week Shannon Rusher is joining me and she is a mom who is a working and traveling pro.
Dec 13, 2018
No. 30 | Breastfeeding Essentials
I love a good top 10 List! This week, my friend Kaelah and I are spilling the beans on our breastfeeding favs + the things that are currently giving us life! We had so much fun recording this episode!
Nov 29, 2018
No. 29 | Preparing For A VBAC
This week I talk about my journey through preparing for my first VBAC. I did ALL the things and while this is my personal experience, and not medical advice, my hope is that my journey can help your journey through VBAC.
Nov 15, 2018
No. 28 | Breastfeeding Twins with Jennifer Mancuso
This week we continue the tandem breastfeeding discussion! Jennifer Mancuso joins the podcast to share her journey breastfeeding twins and how sharing the journey on social media has made a huge impact in her life.
Nov 08, 2018
No. 27 | Tandem Breastfeeding Journey With Desiree Hernandez
This week we chat with Desiree Hernandez about her journey tandem breastfeeding her newborn and toddler. Many mothers have questions about what a tandem breastfeeding journey might look like and have questions-Desiree shares it all!
Nov 01, 2018
No. 26 | All things Postpartum: SEX!
This week is a preview of Listener Supporter exclusive content. As we continue to talk about all things postpartum, today we are letting it all out. We tackle the often kept quiet subject of postpartum sex. Warning: Not for the ears of children.
Oct 25, 2018
No. 25 | Coping With Loss featuring Jessica Bates
This week’s episode is a special compilation of the journey through loss. From woman who’s babies are not forgotten.
Oct 19, 2018
No. 24 | VBAC Facts With Jenna Bruce CNM
This week midwife Jenna Bruce is back on the show to share evidence based information on VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). VBAC is still a birth option that has a lot of misinformation floating around. Our goal is for mothers to know their options!
Oct 11, 2018
No. 23 | Inducing Lactation: Glenis and Tiffany had their baby!
Glennis and Tiffany had their baby! Glennis was on episode 19 of the podcast where she discussed inducing lactation for her expected baby. Baby Orion was born in September and we discuss how things are going and what co-nursing looks like.
Oct 04, 2018
No. 22 | Big News!
I have really big news for the First Latch community! I've been busting at the seams trying to hold this in for weeks! Well, the chance is here to share it with the world. Also, we dive into why an IBCLC is your FRIEND!
Sep 27, 2018
No. 21 | #fedisbest?
This week on the podcast Maria Betsworth and I chat about a hard topic that is sure to spark conversation. Our intention is to really tackle the #fedisbest mentality and discuss why use of this hashtag is not really productive.
Sep 20, 2018
No. 20 | Intro To Bottle Feeding
This week we share bottle feeding tips from a dad's perspective-The First Latch official dad! My husband-Andrew! We share the journey of bottle feeding with our three kids, and share some surprising revelations!
Sep 13, 2018
No. 19 | Inducing Lactation: One Mom's Journey
This week Glennis Liz-Decuir shares her journey of inducing lactation for the baby her wife will give birth to in September. From the process to the emotional journey, Glennis shares it all.
Aug 30, 2018
No. 18 | All Things Postpartum: The Last Baby
This week my close friend Kaelah is back to talk all things postpartum and specifically Having Your Last Baby. How do you know you are done having kids? Does everyone experience finality? Will I ever feel done?
Aug 23, 2018
No. 17 | All About VBAC with Gina O'Brien
This week we dive into one of my most favorite topics (besides breastfeeding)- VBAC or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. I talk with Gina O'Brien who is also so passionate about VBAC after her recent VBAC.
Aug 16, 2018
No. 16 | Getting A Pump Through Insurance With Aeroflow Breastpumps
Happy World Breastfeeding Week! This week we celebrate and educate on the importance of breastfeeding worldwide. Also, I chat with Sarah from Aeroflow Breastpumps about insurance coverage and how to get a pump!
Aug 02, 2018
No. 15 | The Art of Midwifery with Jenna Bruce CNM
My conversation with midwife Jenna Bruce was nothing short of inspirational, and so so fun. We dive deep into the art of midwifery and of course all things breastfeeding!
Jul 26, 2018
No. 14 | Working and Breastfeeding with Alison Rodriguez
This week, my guest Alison Rodriguez shares her journey through breastfeeding as a business owner and entrepreneur. We also answer live view questions during the show! We had such a blast-you don't want to miss this one!
Jul 19, 2018
No. 13 | The Birth Hour and Breastfeeding with Bryn Huntpalmer
Bryn from The Birth Hour Podcast joins us today spilling the beans on all things breastfeeding, and her podcast. She also shares all about her birth course!
Jul 12, 2018
No. 12 | Showing Up For Breastfeeding Moms with Amy VanHaren of Pumpspotting
The Pumpspotting Crew is showing up for moms all across the country. Barb the Breast Express and Amy VanHaren CEO and Founder of Pumpspotting spills the beans on the entire tour...from how it came to fruition to the nuts and bolts of the operation!
Jul 05, 2018
No. 11 | Confidence In Breastfeeding And Motherhood with Nat The Natural Mom
Finding confidence in breastfeeding and motherhood as a first time mom is rare, but Nat from @natthenaturalmom is a beacon of confidence which is both refreshing and inspiring for all mamas out there. You don't want to miss our chat!
Jun 28, 2018
No. 10 | Becoming A IBCLC with Barbara Robertson, IBCLC
Becoming an IBCLC or international board certified lactation consultant and feel daunting. I want to share my mentor's journey in hopes to inspire those who dream of a career in helping breastfeeding mothers. Also, we discuss breastfeeding missions!
Jun 21, 2018
No. 9 | Breastmilk Donation with Kim Updegrove
There are over 60,000 preterm births in the United States each year. Breastmilk can be medicine for these babies which makes breastmilk donation so important. Kim Updegrove, executive director of the Mothers Milk Bank at Austin is our guest today.
Jun 07, 2018
No. 8 | Lactating After A Loss With Heidi Kim
A topic not often discussed especially among health care providers is how to help moms with lactation after loss of a baby or a stillbirth. Heidi Kim shares her personal experience in a effort to educate providers and also help moms who've had a loss.
May 31, 2018
No. 7 | All Things Postpartum
This is a real as it gets. The most honest, raw conversation with two friends you will hear on the fourth trimester. What it's really like in the immediate postpartum period, and how to survive.
May 17, 2018
No. 6 | Mother's Day Special
Celebrate Mother's Day with mama wisdom from mothers all over the world! Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!
May 13, 2018
No. 5 | Hello My Tribe with Alex Zeplain
Alex Zeplain is our amazing guest today! She shares how she started Hello My Tribe and how important self care is during the journey into motherhood. Alex also shares her breastfeeding journey and her struggle with an autoimmune diagnosis.
May 03, 2018
No. 4 | BirthTUBE and Breastfeeding with Paige LoPinto
This week I am so excited to share my chat with Paige LoPinto, founder of BirthTUBE. It doesn't get any more honest or real than this and her breastfeeding journey is sure to hit home with many mamas out there.
Apr 19, 2018
No. 3 | Two Breastfeeding Journeys with Maria Betsworth
This week Maria Betsworth of Little Peach London shares her experience of exclusively pumping with her first baby, and exclusively breastfeeding with her second baby. Two completely different experiences, but both filled with love and dedication.
Apr 05, 2018
No. 2 | Poems On Motherhood with Jessica Bates
This week is the podcast's very first Interview and it's a good one! You will laugh, you might cry-either way its one you don't want to miss! Jessica Bates, a Nashville Native and talented writer shares her experience writing her first book on motherhood.Her words are a thing of beauty and I feel very honored to share her poems with you today.
Mar 22, 2018
No. 1 | We All Start Somewhere
The First Latch podcast is here and we are starting out with a bit of history about it's origins, why it was created, and how you can get involved!
Mar 08, 2018
The First Latch Podcast Trailer
It's HERE!!!! The long awaited First Latch Podcast! I'm so excited to share this passion project with you.  A place where you can connect, be inspired, and empowered in your journey through motherhood.
Feb 26, 2018