Navigating the Pressure to Breastfeed and Getting the Support You Deserve

Plus, a closer look at D-MER, everyday breastfeeding struggles, and a personal story of pelvic organ prolapse.

023 | Christina Alulis of Full Hearts Lactation

Societal pressure is no laughing matter. When it comes to breastfeeding, many mothers can feel alienated or shunned for choosing what is best for their baby and themselves.

Trust me; you are not alone.

Lactation consultant, Christina Alulis, shares her motherhood journey and expertise in supporting mothers in making these hard decisions.

Christina emphasizes how no two mothers and babies are alike. Looking past what is considered ‘the right way’ can be difficult, but support is out there.

It’s not about what society thinks is right, so I hope this episode helps shed some light on navigating these decisions in motherhood.



Christina is a Philadelphia-based Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, and a breastfeeding mom of two.

With 13 years of experience in pediatric healthcare, she is thrilled to offer individualized newborn and lactation support services for new and expecting families in the privacy of your own home.

After recently relocating from Center City to Wynnewood, PA, Christina is excited to now offer in-home support to Main Line area families in addition to Philadelphia families.


Topics covered

02:07 | Throwing in the towel on breastfeeding
07:08 | Red flags for breastfeeding support
15:21 | It might not work
18:58 | Feeling the pressure
24:47 | D-MER
33:08 | Final question for Christina
36:58 | Unexpected happenings


More episode resources

Learn more about Christina and her work by visiting her website fullheartslactation.com.

Breastfeeding resources

Christina Alulis

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, IBCLC

Christina is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, and a breastfeeding mom of two. She is the owner and founder of Live Love Lactate LLC, providing private lactation consultations and prenatal classes to new and expecting families.

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