This Mom is One of the Reasons I’m Still Breastfeeding

We asked 20 Canadian writers to share who they would nominate for the Dove Celebrate Mom Contest. Here's who Erin Blaskie from Ottawa Valley Moms would nominate.

Erin Blaskie

Ottawa Valley Moms

I remember being up in the middle of the night with my brand new baby, worried that she wasn’t nursing enough. Worried about how grouchy she was. Worried that I wasn’t good enough or producing enough or mom enough. I did what I always did in a moment of crisis – I turned to Twitter.

In the wee hours of the night, I posted a Tweet that was basically a cry for help. I was frustrated, I was feeling down on myself and I didn’t know who to turn to or where to go for help. It was on that medium, on a platform that can sometimes seem so unlikely for forming relationships and bonds, that my call for help was answered by an amazing mom. Fleur Bickford of
Fleur is a private lactation consultant in Ottawa, Ontario and is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen’s University. She is also the mother of two breastfed children and that journey led her to also becoming a La Leche League Leader and then to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
However, it’s not her certifications that make her worthy of a nomination. It’s her spirit, her dedication to other mothers and her willingness to support and love.


Read Erin's full story here...

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Erin is a work-at-home mom with a 20-month old daughter named Willow. She and her husband Steve have been married since 2005 and they live in the suburbs of Ottawa. Erin is a workaholic, as the founder of a virtual assistance company and an online marketing firm, but when she isn’t working she enjoys reading, couponing, going to the movies and gardening.