thanks to all those who support breastfeeding moms!
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (and National Breastfeeding Month!), milkmakers put a call out to ask moms what and who their most important breastfeeding support has been. We wanted moms to be able to give a shout out to the people or organizations that have made a difference to them.
Here are some of the awesome responses we received:
“Not an actual person…but a hospital grade double pump (rented), as my babe would not latch properly. The pump helped me tremendously as my son was exclusively on breast milk for 16 months (taken from a bottle). Without that pump, I don’t think I would have been able to do it. I am a single mom….plus I had an emergency c-section, which did not fully heal for 6 months….was not fun…but SOOOO worth it in the end. I truly believe what they say is true, “Breast is best”…even if it’s given with a bit of adjustments. :)” – Kathryn B.
“My husband :)” – Karina S.
“My mom. She had me and my four sisters and breastfed them and has helped me so much. No one has helped make it possible for me to breastfeed more than her.” – Cait M.V.
“Lactation nurses at UWMC!” – Megan A.B.
“My mother and sister. I would call them crying, and they would always know what to do!” – Heather E.B.
“Facebook! I exclusively breastfed two kids for over a year each. Now on baby three and I have learned SO much that I didn’t know because I didn’t have facebook back then! I love the different breastfeeding support pages!!” – Chrystal A.
“The El Paso branch of the Baby Cafe! The Baby Cafe is a fantastic place to meet other moms who have struggled or are struggling like you. My daughter was a voracious eater and caused me so much pain that I was convinced I had a yeast infection and that she was starving because everything I read said it should stop hurting after the first few weeks. It took two months of trips to the Baby Cafe in tears, clutching my daughter in fear, determined to breastfeed her as long as I could possibly stand it to find out that she had a bubble palate that was causing the pain. After three months, it got easier and I have been able to continue nursing her. She is now almost 15 months, healthy as an ox and nearly as strong. If it weren’t for the Baby Cafe, I wouldn’t have been able to keep it up. I would have given up out of fear alone. Baby Cafe has locations all over the place, and if not them, then La Leche League as well! Organizations like these are fantastic for mothers who, like me, had family and friends who did not understand breastfeeding and told me to give up if it was too hard. Only now am I considering weaning her and only because she has a ton of teeth and has never been the most graceful of nursers, if you know what I mean…” – Elena B.
“My husband and all the nurses and lactation nurses at Evergreen Hospital in Washington State, and also my baby’s pediatrician. I knew I was going to breastfeed NO MATTER what. I was very determined nothing would have stopped me 😉 All my babies were born c-section and I was unable to nurse my first child because I placed her in an open adoption plan. My second was an ICU baby and never latched (I did pump for two months). I nursed my third successfully for 15 months and with my fourth and final baby I will also nurse until she self weans! She’s 9 months and going strong and I’m cherishing every moment!!!” – Krissy H.M.
“My wonderful husband. He washes my pump parts for me every night and never complains. And he supports my ability to feed our son 110%, even when I start to doubt my ability.” – Nicholle S.
“My husband is by far my biggest supporter. Even on days early on when I didn’t do anything but nurse our daughter, he came home from work and did all of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry and thanked me for doing everything I did – for feeding and taking care of our daughter all day. He truly understands and supports me through it all.” – Breeana W.
“My hubby, first and foremost. Also, the breastfeeding support group led by the wonderful lactation nurses of memorial hospital!” – Clara M.B
“The breastfeeding support group led by lactation nurses of Elkhart General Hospital. Along with my husband, who also washed all the pump parts for me daily!” Kara B.G.
“My husband, my lactation consultant and Best for Babes.org.” – Chrissy M.D.
“My amazing mom who also happens to be an amazing neonatal nurse and lactation consultant! My son just turned a year, and with my moms love, support and encouragement, we made it with him being EBF….this included 8+ months of pumping at work…not an easy feat! Happy World Breastfeeding Week!” = Michelle G.F.
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