Jeff Castillo talks with me about his fatherhood journey. We talk about the values he looks to instill into his kids and the life lessons his kids have taught him. Next, as the Executive Vice President of the Americas for Medela, Jeff shares how dads can be great advocates for moms who are breastfeeding. In addition, Jeff talks about how men can also be advocates when women return to work after maternity leave. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.
About Jeff Castillo
Jeff Castillo serves as Executive Vice President of the Americas for Medela LLC. He helps lead more than 500 team members committed to improving health outcomes for moms, babies, patients and healthcare providers. He and his team help those across the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Medela is focused on nurturing health for generations with research-based breastfeeding and enteral feeding solutions. Medela’s innovative vacuum technology is also used to improve outcomes for patients across a variety of healthcare applications from wound therapy to surgery, cardio thoracic recovery and more.
This week’s Art of Fatherhood podcast is being brought to you by Medela. Dads, when it comes to helping your partner or spouse with breastfeeding, only cleaning the baby bottles just won’t cut it. You need to do more. Ask your spouse what you can do to help with her transition when she goes back to work. At work if you are running a team or looking to be an advocate, talk to your team and HR department about how your office can offer support for breastfeeding employees. In addition, with the infant formula crisis, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a receding global health pandemic and a spike in inflation are all placing increasing pressure on new parents returning to work who need substantive support to continue breastfeeding.
The normalize breastfeeding drum keeps beating. Cultural acceptance is here to stay. Thankfully Medela is leading that drum beat with their Kin program. Kin is a customizable, single-source solution from Medela and Mamava that opens up a world of best-in-class technology, resources, and accessories specifically designed for new and expecting parents. Employees get the support they need to successfully balance their career with breastfeeding and a growing family. Medela is doing their part, now it is up to us. Learn more at medela.us/kin.
About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast
The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with fantastic dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. You get a unique perspective on fatherhood from guests like Joe Montana, Kevin Smith, Danny Trejo, Jerry Rice, Jeff Foxworthy, Patrick Warburton, Jeff Kinney, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kyle Busch, Dennis Quaid, Dwight Freeney and many more.