Breastfeeding Success Story: Kay from Lorain County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kay from Lorain County WIC“I was 16 years old when I had my first baby and breastfed her until I returned to school.  Now that I am 20 years old I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I was going to breastfeed my son!

The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Helper Jessica has been a great support to me when I come to my WIC appointments.  I find that breastfeeding is easier to do, healthier for both myself and my baby, and I would definitely support another mom in her efforts to breastfeed.

The bra I received during Breastfeeding Awareness Month from Leading Lady through the WIC Program was a great surprise and very much appreciated!”

Kay from Lorain County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Stephanie from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s WIC Program

Breastfeeding Success Story: Stephanie from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s WIC Program“Before the birth of my first child, I knew I wanted to breastfeed her. I was very determined about my decision and did everything I could to educate myself on breastfeeding and its benefits. I remembered being met with a lot of encouragement and optimism from other mothers, my midwife and the staff at the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s WIC program. I also appreciated those who advised me that breastfeeding sometimes doesn’t workout for every mother and not to feel guilty if it didn’t for me.

Once my daughter was born, I tried not to put too much pressure on myself and took breastfeeding one day at a time. I was blessed to have an abundant milk supply, a happy baby and great support system at home.

Breastfeeding was not always easy but my love for Emma and rewarding feeling I got from giving her the best I could outweighed all negative feelings. I breastfeed her for as long as my current pregnancy allowed me to, which was 11 months. I’m really excited to continue my breastfeeding journey when my new daughter arrives this fall.”

Stephanie from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s WIC Program

Breastfeeding Success Story: Candice from Cloud County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story:  Candice from Cloud County WIC“My name is Candice and this is my breastfeeding story.

I have four boys, my oldest is 9 years and my youngest is 7 months. When I had my first, I struggled with breastfeeding greatly. It was very painful and stressful. I was too scared and I suppose modest to get help from a breastfeeding counselor or the Le Leche League and I regret that so much looking back. I only made it maybe 6 to 8 weeks breastfeeding him.

With my second, while in the hospital, the breastfeeding counselor visited me and brought me a pump because my baby was in NICU and she was going to show me how to use the pump. When I went to put the flange up to my breast she said “oh hey you have inverted nipples” and explained to me what that meant and that I needed to use a nipple shield in order for it to not hurt and be able to nurse correctly. She said pumping after every feeding and as frequently as possible would also help break up the cartilage in my nipple and help pull the nipple out so that I could eventually hopefully quit using the nipple shield. I ended up being able to breastfeed my second baby for about 15 months.

When I had my third baby I started out using the nipple shield. After a couple of months with breastfeeding him, I was able to donate about 2000 ounces of breast-milk to a friend in need. When he was about three months old I came down with mastitis and lost about half my Supply. I worked so hard pumping and feeding trying to get my Supply back and came down with mastitis a couple weeks later in the other breast and lost all that I gained back. I continued to pump and feed as much as I possibly could Around the Clock and when he was 6 months old the doctor labeled him with failure to thrive and we were having to supplement. At that point I lost the rest of my breast milk supply and we were done breastfeeding. I was absolutely devastated. I felt like I was failing my baby.

With my 4th baby, who is currently 7 months old, he has never had a drop of formula. Breastfeeding is going wonderfully. I ended up with mastitis a few months ago in which we powered through very awesome like. I did not lose my Supply at all. He ate and ate and ate off the side with mastitis and we conquered it. When he was about 5 months old I developed Thrush, which is basically yeast infection in your nipple. That was I think more painful than the mastitis ever was for me. It felt like glass shards coming out of my nipples every time I fed him or pumped and it was almost unbearable. I contacted my breastfeeding counselor, who is Amazing by the way, and my doctor and was able to make some homemade cream to put on my nipple and we defeated Thrush. Currently we are at 7 months going strong and hoping to make it to 2 years this time around.”

Candice from Cloud County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Lindsey from Metro Nashville South Nutrition Center WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Lindsey from Metro Nashville South Nutrition Center WIC“The following is a story about our WIC client, Lindsey, who persevered through some very tough life obstacles and is determined to exclusively breastfeed. She was raised in an orphanage and had no exposure to a breastfeeding environment.

 

Lindsey’s first breastfeeding experience was painful and she had no support. The father of the child consistently encouraged her to stop trying to breastfeed and just give the baby a bottle. Lindsey refused. The more he suggested using a bottle the more determined she was to perfect the latch so it would not be painful. Finally, mom and baby got it right and she breastfed the first child for eleven months.

 

The next child was born five days ago. The father of this child abandoned them one week prior to delivery. Again, she was in the same situation as before, left to give birth alone. She googled and joined a birth support group on Facebook. The group referred her to a group of local labor doulas. A labor doula was her support for the birth of the second child.

 

Currently she is breastfeeding like a champ! No sore nipples, perfect latch, and the enjoyment of bonding time. The mom says her and baby lay around all day in their under wear breastfeeding and watching Netflix.”

 

Lindsey from Metro Nashville South Nutrition Center WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of San Marcos TX WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of San Marcos TX WICMarissa simply stated “Thank you so much for the donation! I’ve been breastfeeding for 10 months and it’s a journey I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world!”

Rebecca spoke of the loving commitment she made to her baby from the very beginning but expressed “I didn’t know it was going to be so hard!” Like most working mothers, she worried about mastering the balancing act of breastfeeding and pumping while getting her hours in. “Fortunately I work from home, and you can only see me from the face up on my webcam, so I used a pumping bra while working and no one could ever tell.”

Shannon described her tough but rewarding experience with tandem nursing. “My oldest was unhappy when my colostrum came back but we stuck it through. Then my youngest got a tooth! What a ride we’ve had.”

The Moms of San Marcos TX WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Adrianne from Louisiana WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Adrianne from Louisiana WIC“I choose to breastfed my baby to give her the certain antibodies that her body needs to fight off viruses. This will also bring the perfect bonding time for me and my daughter.

 

Breastfeeding has so many benefits to me and my baby. Research shows that babies who are breastfed are healthier babies, not to mention it will help shrink my uterus and burn calories to lose the weight that I’ve gained during my pregnancy.

 

I choose to breastfed because it is the natural way to provide nutrition to my baby. My plan is to breastfed for as long as my milk supply will allow me to.”

 

Adrianne from Louisiana WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of Sevier County, TN WIC

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sammi from Sevier County, TN WIC“My Lactation Counselor is the only reason I learned I didn’t have to supplement with formula. And if I hadn’t seen her when I did we may not be 19+ months and still going strong with breastfeeding. I also think that she is the reason that, instead of formula, I used donor milk from my sister to supplement with until my baby started gaining weight steadily. She and this group made my breastfeeding journey successful and kept me going when I wanted to give up.” –Sammi

Breastfeeding Success Story: Nicole from Sevier County, TN WIC“If it wasn’t for everyone at WIC staying up late answering questions and helping me get through six months of thrush, I probably would have never made it to 20 months with my son. Nor would I have experienced being able to feed two littles at the same time.” -Nicole

Breastfeeding Success Story: Whitnee from Sevier County, TN WIC“When my youngest son was born, I learned early at about a week old that he had a tongue and lip tie.  Little did I know our breastfeeding journey for the next couple of weeks would be so painful and frustrating. If it hadn’t been for the wonderful Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who gave me tips and showed me how I could help and reminded me of the benefits of breastfeeding, our journey would have ended before we made it a month.  Now we have successfully breastfed for almost one year with no end in sight!” -Whitnee

Breastfeeding Success Story: Amber from Sevier County, TN WIC“If it wasn’t for the WIC program, I wouldn’t have known anything about breastfeeding.  I know I wouldn’t have chosen to breastfeed Eleanor for it was foreign to me. I’m so thankful for all of the help from my Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. Fourteen months and still going strong!” -Amber

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sheyenne from Sevier County, TN WIC“I was having a lot of trouble getting started, and my Breastfeeding Peer Counselor was very helpful sending me articles and being very encouraging. One of my family members was able to help me and Liam get the hang of things, and we have continued to exclusively breastfeed for eight months.” -Sheyenne

“I wholeheartedly believe that if it wasn’t for the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that run our support group I wouldn’t have been able to breastfeed at all, let alone for a little over a year. The support group was so great for learning and they always answered any questions that I ever had. I am so thankful!” –Katie

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tazeen from Saline County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tazeen from Saline County, KS WIC“I know this is supposed to be a short letter, so I will try my very best to sum up all the wonderful things about this breastfeeding group and more so about Ms. Mona Hargrave.

I moved to Kansas from New York about two years ago and I didn’t know anyone, didn’t have any “go-to” places and I didn’t know anything about what the county offered its constituents. During my second year in Kansas my husband and I found out we were going to have a little baby after 10-years of marriage! As wonderful as the news was, it was also heartbreaking to be away from home (we are a military family) and our friends and most importantly my mother.

I wanted to take classes for first time parents, first time moms, learn how to prep for baby, take safety classes and I wanted to read all the books on having a baby. I finally met someone who I could call a friend and she introduced me to this wonderful idea of taking a class about breastfeeding and infant safety. I figured sure this would be a good start. Unfortunately, I worked in Salina and lived in Ft. Riley, so to take those classes with my husband would be quite a commute. This is where Mona comes in.

Mona helped find a program which was close to my residence and I was able to attend all the classes. I was also invited to join the Facebook group. I had no idea that this group existed.

This group and Mona have been so helpful to me. Mona always makes sure to answer any private and public messages. I have never met her person, yet I feel like she has always had mine and my baby’s best interest. She posts articles that have research and scientific back up. Provides links for reference on anything related to breastfeeding and infant and mommy safety. She never discredits anyone’s opinions or remarks or experiences. And she never judges the choices we make. She only encourages us to try breastfeeding and reach out if we feel defeated or can’t figure out what to do. She doesn’t pressure to breastfeed either, rather she educates us on all the wonderful benefits to baby and mom.

The moms on the group page are wonderful as well. They are always offering insight and personal experience, which are so great. I never felt like “oh why is this happening to me”. I felt good knowing that we shared similar experiences.

Mona and the group are wonderful. I really don’t know if I would have made it as far as I have nursing my infant son, had it not been for all the knowledge, encouragement and support provided by Mona. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Tazeen from Saline County, KS WIC

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kimberly from Aurora County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kimberly from Aurora County WIC“Dear Leading Lady and Loving Moments,

I’d like to personally thank you for the donated nursing bra. I have always struggled trying to find the right nursing bra. When my Breastfeeding Coordinator told me about the donation I was pleased that she chose me to receive one.

Having the right bra has helped with the comfort of breastfeeding. It has helped me to stay confident, keeps me calm, and reminds that I can feel sexy at the same time wearing a nursing bra. It has been helpful to me because I am able to breastfeed my daughter without having to constantly lift my sports bra. Since I’ve been wearing my bra I have not experienced any back pain. I have not experienced any markings on my shoulders and my baby is less fussy.”

 

Kimberly, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor from Aurora County WIC

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of Advantage Health Centers

Breastfeeding Success Story: Shuntay and Marina from Advantage Health CentersMarina and Shuntay are best friends whose babies are just a few weeks apart! Both first-time moms regularly attend Mother Nurture Breastfeeding Support Group at Advantage Health Centers’ Thea Bowman Clinic. These mommies support each other and are providing loving encouragement to other breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Deanna from Advantage Health Centers

 

 

Deanna was able to breastfeed her now 5 year old daughter for 3 months with very little breastfeeding support. This time around she received breastfeeding education during her prenatal visits from a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. So far Deanna is thrilled to be breastfeeding exclusively and attends Mother Nurture Breastfeeding Support Group at Advantage Health Centers’ Thea Bowman clinic.