INTERVIEW WITH DJ MOM VALENTINA GIAMPIERI & HER MUSIC PLAYLIST FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS
We’ve asked Valentina Giampieri, an Italian journalist and dj, to put together a compilation of relaxing & uplifting tunes for breastfeeding moms. Below, Valentina talks to us about her passion for music, her journey breastfeeding her daughter Amelia, and how music has helped her get through the rough patches.
“Breastfeeding hasn’t only been a means to feed my daughter but a fundamental part of being a mother for me. It’s has brought about many changes in my life; it has slowed down time, amplified my emotions, made my time ours, uniting my daughter and I in a precious symbiotic way. Together we’ve embarked on a journey that is slowly coming to an end.
The journey hasn’t always been easy. I dealt with plugged ducts, milk blisters, rock hard breasts, all of which were painful, but thankfully, with the support of my partner, friends, professionals and pure grit, I was able to overcome them all. I was lucky, many breastfeeding mothers deal with these issues, but because they don’t receive the proper support they decide to switch to formula. That is why, when Amelia turned one, I decided to attend a course to become a breastfeeding peer counselor. I wanted to give other mothers the support that I had received.
Music, which has always been an important part of my life, was very present during my journey breastfeeding, which has been a roller coaster of both joy and pain.
What type of music? Songs that helped me relax and unwind; classical pieces such as Les barricades mystérieuses and warm, magical voices, like those of Cat Power and Rumer. But also uplifting songs that gave me hope, such as Ooh Child (Things are gonna get easier) by Nina Simone. And songs that gave me a rush of adrenaline and helped me get out of bed in the morning, especially after long nights and many feedings…Patti Smith worked wonders for that. There were also the lullaby pieces that I shared with Amelia, holding her in my arms, getting ready for bed (Gypsy by Suzann Vega and Junk by Paul McCartney).
The best music, however, was the music that reinforced the message 'girl, follow your maternal instinct, every single day, and do what you think is best!' Joni Mitchell’s lyrics reinforced that message, “People will tell you where they've gone, they'll tell you where to go, but till you get there yourself you never really know. Where some have found their paradise, others just come to harm.” And so did Cat Stevens with, “You can do what you want, the opportunity's on. And if you find a new way, you can do it today. You can make it all true and you can make it undo.”
Happy feeding and happy listening!” You can find Valentina’s special compilation Under the milky way on Spotify
Check out Valentina's blog about life in Milan, her passions, music, children and more: www.lovlou.com