An IBCLC’s Story of Experiencing Breastfeeding Firsthand

An IBCLC's Story of Experiencing Breastfeeding Firsthand“I delivered a healthy 8lb, 8oz baby boy in January.  He would not latch and I was devastated.  The nurses at the hospital worked continuously with me and we finally got him to nurse with a nipple shield.

About two weeks after delivery he started screaming about 30 minutes after nursing.  The doctors said he had reflux and colic.  I kept feeling guilty thinking it was something I was doing wrong or something I was eating to make him like this.  I have cut out dairy from my diet and it seems to be helping.

Even though I am a registered nurse and an IBCLC [International Board Certified Lactation Consultant] and teach and inform other moms about breastfeeding and coach them through nursing problems every day, I never realized just how hard it is.  You are sleep deprived and will do anything for your new baby.  When problems start happening you automatically think its something you yourself is doing wrong.

I would never have been able to continue exclusively breastfeeding without my family’s support and the support of my nursing friends and our peer helper at the WIC clinic I work in.  I am proud to say my baby just turned 6 months old, is exclusively breastfed and we have actually weaned completely off the nipple shield.  He comes to work with me every day too!”

Ashley, Director of WIC – Jefferson County, OH

An IBCLC's Story of Experiencing Breastfeeding Firsthand An IBCLC's Story of Experiencing Breastfeeding Firsthand An IBCLC's Story of Experiencing Breastfeeding Firsthand