Breastfeeding Success Story: Veronica from Lyon County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Veronica from Lyon County, KS WIC“When I first had my baby girl I wasn’t even familiar with breastfeeding to start off with. Right when I had her I started breastfeeding her and did not like it at all. I thought it was too complicated.

First, because of the pain of when the baby is latching.

Second, because of the milk let down; it hurt.

Third, I thought she spend too much time on the breast.

I told myself I was going to stop breastfeeding her 4 days after she was born, but I never did stop I always had the attempt but never did do it. Days and months went by and I got used to the breastfeeding routine. She is now 2 years in a half and I am currently still breastfeeding her.”

Veronica from Lyon County, KS WIC’s “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Jamie from Saline County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Jamie from Saline County, KS WIC“Raising a child takes a village. Breastfeeding takes a village AND an army- an army of woman, family, and friends that are supportive, accepting, and loving.

For me personally, we ran into many obstacles in the beginning of our nursing journey, and I was lucky enough to have a huge support system: my friends and family, a friend that is a trained IBCLC who was always a call away, and several social media breastfeeding support groups to help encourage and troubleshoot whenever I needed them. I am also lucky enough to live in a community that has lactation consultants, health departments, monthly meetings, La Leche League, and many avenues that are available for support and help.

My daughter was born with a tongue tie, we had it revised, had to use a nipple shield for about 6 weeks, and I pumped for 18 months while working full time, and am continuing to nurse my daughter until she self-weans. I am so grateful to have these options available and probably wouldn’t have made my “breastfeeding goals” to nurse my now 2 year old (25.5 months) without having those options.”

Jamie from Saline County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Katrina from Saline County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kristina from Saline County, KS WIC“I have 5 kids and have breastfed them all. They all didn’t come easy.

My first was over 9 lbs and everyone told me I didn’t have enough milk for him. I started to supplement with formula and then just cold turkey. I didn’t have a support system to go to.

My second was breastfed for 6 months and refused to take the breast one day. I didn’t know anything of pumping and cold turkeyed her too.

My third I breastfed and pumped but between two jobs and being stubborn to ask for help my supply went down after 6 months. She had breast milk up to 8 months old due to my pumping stash.

My fourth child was where I felt successful with breastfeeding. I breastfed her for 17 months and I even pumped due to always feeling engorged. It worked out with a deep freezer full of milk because I supplied my sister’s preemie with breast milk for almost a year.

Mona at WIC encouraged me to push through the pain I encountered. I ended up with mastitis and Mona gave me tips to help relieve it. I got a bad yeast infection on both breast and Mona helped with relieving the pain from it. I would text her and she was always willing to help.

My fifth child is only 3 weeks old. I have struggled with breastfeeding her even though I successfully breastfed my fourth. I don’t want to give up and when I felt like giving up Mona would help me. She had so many resources and helped me latch her correctly.

I can now say I feel more confident to have a success story with breastfeeding my youngest. I enjoy the bonding time I get while breastfeeding. I know this is the best nutrients for my baby and her dirty diapers don’t smell, which is a bonus. Mona is a great support person for new mom’s or returning moms like me.”

Kristina from Saline County, KS WIC

 

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Breastfeeding Success Story: Arin from Saline County, KS WIC“Being on WIC has helped in more ways than one in our lives. Not only am I able to get all of my nutrients with the items they provide, but so does my daughter. I use all of our items to correlate mealsand it helps me keep up my calories to remain breastfeeding my 1 year old!” – Arin

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Saline County, KS WIC“Being connected with the Saline County WIC office helped me feel better about nursing my daughter! We had our ups and downs and any time I had a question I was able to contact Mona and she was able to advise me of what to do or try to better our situation. We ended up having to fortify my milk because it didn’t have enough calories and she wasn’t gaining weight. I was heartbroken! She is my second child and I was hardly able to nurse my first at all, 6-10 ounces a day was all. Moms let me pour my heart out to her and let me know that was okay! We still nurse and I will pump and fortify 3-4 bottles a day as well. If it wasn’t for the WIC office, I’m not sure we could have gotten through this emotionally or financially! I appreciate everything that they have done for me!” -Ashley

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Crystal from Saline County, KS WIC“From the first phone call to Mona, she assured me that we would get back on board on what me and my daughter’s breastfeeding goals were. I had recently moved here, was stressed, baby was changing up her schedule and sleeping habits, it meant so much to me that Mona just said let’s bring her in, I’ll weigh her, get to know you and help with any other questions. Our goal is a year! We are 9 months strong ❤️and I Breastfeeding Success Story: Meghan from Saline County, KS WICabsolutely appreciate all the support!!” -Crystal

 

 

“When I had my second child I dreaded going back to work because pumping with my first was so hard! I only had a hand pump and barely made it to my goal of six months and hated ever second of it. Thanks to WIC I was given access to an electric pump and was able to go back to work with confidence!” – Meghan

Breastfeeding Success Story: Dani from Saline County, KS WIC

 

“WIC had helped us so much. We didn’t have a lot of money for food and food was not abundant in our house especially with a new baby. Our little girl wasn’t planned but we made the best of what we had. We are young parents and it was difficult with me not being able to bring a lot of money in. WIC helped me so much. I honestly don’t know where I would be if I wouldn’t have had WIC. I would like to add we are 6 months breastfeeding strong!” -Dani

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Breastfeeding Success Story: Dana from Saline County, KS WIC“Mona and the breastfeeding moms of Salina have been an incredible support to me as I have nursed my daughter for the last year. Knowing that at anytime day or night I have a page I can turn to and a listing ear, sometimes just for support generally for advice and always for encouragement has made me know I’m not alone in this journey. Just to know there are like-minded women around lets me know that we can do anything we set our mind to. Thank you for the support Mona!” -Dana

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kristen from Saline County, KS WIC“I signed up for WIC not for the food/formula help but because I knew it would increase my connection with people who would be able to trouble shoot nursing issues. And I was right. Zoey was on a SNS at first, but with WIC’s help, I was able to transition from exclusively pumping and bottle feeding to nursing just before one month old (it was her Christmas present to me). Just being assured that I could do this was the boost in confidence I needed. I gladly have an untouched in ages expensive breast pump sitting in the top of my closet, not needed, because I was able to get the milk from the tap.” -Kristen

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Neasa from Saline County, KS WIC“I have been on WIC since I found out I was pregnant with twins in 2014. I had them in May of 2015. My original goal was to breastfeed for 6 months. After a few bumps we made it passed that goal to 21 almost 22 months of breastfeeding twins. WIC has been there throughout our whole journey and we were even able to get back on our feet and not use DCF help for over a year now. We still are able to use WIC and helps with our grocery bill monthly, especially with 4 growing kids.” -Neasa

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Alicia from Saline County, KS WIC“I was always disappointed that I could not breastfeed my twins so when I had my newest baby I spoke with Mona ahead of time to figure things out ahead of time. I was determined to breastfeed my baby. Shelby is now 6 months old and we are going strong. We had some issues in the beginning but from advice from Mona we got through it. I also use the breastfeeding page as a go to page. I always read the problems or success post and the comments to go back to. To learn from even though I am not going through it right at the moment I remember it when and if I do. Thank you for having the breastfeeding page it helps a lot and have added some mothers to it so they can have help and support as well.” -Alicia

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Jamie from Saline County, KS WIC“When I came into see you Mona I was close to breaking point and done with breastfeeding. You took the time and showed me that his latch was wrong and he wasn’t opening wide enough. I went from being at 7 weeks and about to start formula feeding, to breastfeeding until 2.5 years old. Thank you!” -Jamie

 

“I’m grateful for WIC. It helps me as a breastfeeding mom eat healthier and extra nutrition that my body needs to make milk. WIC also educates me on breastfeeding so I can help new moms be educated as well to make the greatest choice to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has helped me be a better mother. I feel like me and my children Breastfeeding Success Story: Brandi from Saline County, KS WICBreastfeeding Success Story: Brandi from Saline County, KS WIChave a closer bond because of breastfeeding. I’m more than just mom, I’m there everything. I also love all the support by WIC. I never once felt pressured to formula feed. I have been supported so much with our journeys of nursing. Even when my son couldn’t eat solids until 14 months and was exclusively nursing all that time I was supported by WIC. So very grateful for being a part of the WIC program. Without WIC there have been times we wouldn’t have had food for our family. Thank you.” -Brandi

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WIC“My oldest son was born after I was induced, then had an emergency C-section. He was 9 lbs 11 oz. I had planned to breastfeed, but it was hard to find a good position in the hospital that didn’t make my incision hurt. I found using a breastfeeding pillow helped tremendously. He was a terrible sleeper, and while he would latch fine, after a few weeks he would only eat for a couple minutes at a time, before pulling off and screaming.

By the time he was 2 months old, I found out he had silent reflux (so his throat was raw, but he didn’t actually puke). He also had thrush. The meds didn’t help much, and I dreaded nursing him because every time he popped off it was incredibly painful. I couldn’t figure out why pumping hurt so much, so I started giving him a bottle of formula when I couldn’t stand it.

When he was 3 months, it still wasn’t better, and we kept passing thrush back and forth. I also started working, which was extra stressful since he would only sleep for 30 minutes at a time. There was no place at work to pump, and pumping still hurt terribly, so he got formula while I was at work, too.

When he turned 4 months, I decided I was done. I was sick of it hurting so much, and sick of being angry that he was hungry. I had talked to a nurse from the health department that was supposed to help with breastfeeding a few times, but she didn’t even realize he had thrush so our visits weren’t very helpful.

My second son was born almost 3 years later, after another emergency c section. I had attempted a VBAC, but there were complications. His placenta started to detach. He was 9 lbs 5 oz. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to try to breastfeed, since the first time it had hurt so much. I decided I would try, but I wasn’t going to feel bad if it didn’t work out. He had low sugars in the hospital, and needed a small amount of formula before my milk came in. He also had to have phototherapy because of his high bilirubin levels, so we couldn’t do skin to skin.

When we got home, it hurt a little to latch him, but he was getting plenty of milk. His pediatrician showed me how to encourage him to latch deeper, and to re-latch him if he slipped off a bit, so he would learn to stay on right. By two weeks, he was doing it perfectly.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WICA few months in, he was puking 6-8 times a day, but acting perfectly happy about it. I eventually cut eggs and caffeine from my diet and it stopped. I was able to eat eggs again when he was around 11 months old. He refused bottles anytime I tried to give him one, so it was easier to cut my diet than pump every time I drank a soda. I bought a better pump, and figured out that it didn’t hurt if I used a bigger size flange and lanolin before pumping. I ended up donating any milk I’d pumped, though, since he wouldn’t drink it.

I got pregnant with my third son unexpectedly, when my second was only 18 months. He was still nursing. It was uncomfortable to continue nursing, but it was less work than fighting him to go to sleep, so we kept at it. I went into labor a month early, and he was born 8 lbs 1 oz, after another cesarean.

He had a lot of trouble breathing, so was sent to the NICU. I asked the hospital for a pump. I didn’t get any milk out for 3 days, despite waking up every 2 hours to pump. I had attempted to nurse him on the second day, but he was too tired. If he wouldn’t eat, he would have to stay in the hospital, so he was fed formula both through a bottle, and whatever wasn’t eaten was given through a feeding tube. He was in there 6 days.

When he was released, he only got bottles for another week, because he had a tongue tie and couldn’t nurse well. After pumping, I’d let my 2 year old nurse afterwards to help the milk supply establish. Once his tongue tie was fixed, he would nurse okay. Then he got strep, because my toddler had it and I didn’t think to wash in between them. He got over it fast, but seemed to have troubles breathing while nursing, and would puke. I knew it wasn’t a food sensitivity, because he could drink the same milk from a bottle and be fine.

I was soon diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety, because I couldn’t sleep. I had to repeatedly check to see if the baby was breathing, to the point that I was barely sleeping at all. I talked to the WIC peer counselor, a lactation consultant at the hospital, the pediatrician, and finally was referred to an ENT who put a scope through his nose and down his throat. She said he had laryngomalacia, a birth defect that causes noisy breathing because of a floppy voice box. Since he was gaining weight, they would not do surgery to correct it. So he was taking in a lot of air while nursing, which upset his tummy. It was also painful a lot of the time.

I decided to pump for a while. It was summer break though, and I also had a 2 year old and 5 year old. I couldn’t keep up with the unpacking (we just moved when he was 6 weeks) cleaning, cooking, and older kids, pump, and still sleep. My PPD was getting worse. He was 2 months old. I had frozen milk, but the baby wouldn’t drink it alone because I also have high lipase enzyme in my milk. I knew it needed heated prior to freezing, but I guess I hadn’t heated it enough. So, I mixed it half and half with formula. He drank it. I decided to pump when I had time only, which wasn’t even every day, and nurse him once a day. I also offered to nurse my 2 year old more often so that hopefully I wouldn’t lose my milk.

The ENT said that the baby would outgrow the laryngomalacia eventually. It stopped hurting as much when he was about 3.5-4 months, so I’ve been working on increasing my supply back up.

He’s 5 months now, and only gets a bottle 2-3 times a week. He is teaching me about defining our own success, because I don’t know if I will nurse him as long as my middle son has, who is now 2.5. If it wasn’t for nursing his older brother for as long though, I wouldn’t still be able to nurse the baby. It’s nice not having to wash bottles, or carry around formula in the diaper bag. You can’t forget it if it’s attached to you. With 2 in diapers, I also like not having to worry about buying formula. It’s convenient, free, and works for us.”

Ashley from Osage Nation WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Valerie from Lyon County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Valerie from Lyon County, KS WIC“With my first I didn’t have much of a support system when it came to breastfeeding. I was 17, no one in my family had breast fed, I was too shy to seek help and gave up.

This time was completely different. I had all the support I needed, and a perfect latch from the start which made it tons easier. The first month was tough but we made it through.

Now it’s been 10 months and still going strong, I was even able to donate to 2 babies whose mommas needed a little help. It’s been an incredible journey.”

Valerie from Lyon County, KS WIC’s “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Chelsea from Lyon County, KS WIC “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Chelsea from Lyon County, KS WIC “Treasure Chest”“I was 19 when I had my first child, Skyler. I was a young mother at 19, and didn’t have much support. I breastfed him for 6 months.

I had my second child, Colt 8 years later. I was determined to be successful at breastfeeding. I ended up breastfeeding him for 15 months, donating 700+ ounces of breastmilk, and encountered a horrible instance of mastitis too.

My daughter was born 15 months ago, and we are still going strong on our breastfeeding journey! Although, I can say nursing a toddler is always interesting; Kendall enjoys bouncing, flipping, and many other things while nursing!”

Chelsea from Lyon County, KS WIC “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Britni from Cowley County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Britni from Cowley County WIC“My son Silas was 9 months old when I found out we were expecting again. I was nervous because he was still very attached to nursing and I wasn’t sure how it would work out feeding two babies. A lot of my friends said their babies weaned themselves because their milk changed due to pregnancy and/or it dried up. Well mine didn’t and he was very attached still at 18 months old when his little brother Christopher Jr was born.

I was very nervous to nurse both boys and was afraid of judgment as well since Silas was almost 2. Robin helped me so much! She told me that it’s completely normal to breastfeed after a year old and a lot of people even recommend breastfeeding until 2 years or later. She also gave me advice on tandem nursing. The boys are now 2 years and almost 8 months and are happy healthy breastfed boys!!”

Britni from Cowley County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Karen from Heritage Valley Health Systems

Breastfeeding Success Story: Karen from Heritage Valley Health Systems“Andrew was born 2 weeks early. But I was ready!  The first day was such a blur.  I remember thinking I just needed to relax and enjoy every moment, I’d been waiting to be a mom for so long!

The next day the pediatrician came in to tell us he was healthy and she believed Andrew had down syndrome. From that moment on, I questioned everything. What was the right way to do things, what did Andrew need from me with this diagnosis.

The impression I was given was “Andrew is perfect but … He probably won’t breastfeed and he will take longer to do things and he will need lots of support…” All I knew was I couldn’t give up.

We went home only to head back to the hospital after a week because I had retained placenta. Even with that, I had started producing milk. And Andrew was latching and getting some milk. We had an appointment with a wonderful lactation consultant and spent time with my cousin who is a member of La Leche League. A few pointers and explanations… We haven’t looked back.

Andrew is 6 and a half months old. He is exclusively breastfed. He has gone from less than 5% on the growth chart to 50%.  He babbles and laughs all day long. We wouldn’t be here today if I had just given up on breastfeeding.”

Karen from Heritage Valley Health Systems