How can you achieve your picture-perfect vision of nursing your baby without more days or weeks of tears, frustration, and pain?
(And how on earth can you ever keep going and meet your breastfeeding goal?)
Your nipples probably hurt and you cringe when you put your hungry baby to your breast. You may have been told to supplement because you are not making enough milk. Your baby may sleep, fuss, pull away or cry when you nurse and you may even think your baby hates you or breastfeeding.
Probably, quitting has crossed your mind. You can't seem to get breastfeeding right, you may be finding yourself in a community of formula feeders who don't know how to get you through this hurdle, you can't find someone who "gets" what you are going through. You are starting to feel hopeless. You are probably feeling any combination of sadness, regret, defensiveness, anger, and shame.
You have searched online, asked your friends and family, gotten help from other Lactation Consultants, read breastfeeding books, called La Leche League, pumped, maybe used feeders, SNS, bottles, nipples shields, and shells. You are discouraged and confused by the results. Breastfeeding still isn't working. The biggest reason those didn't work is that most breastfeeding experts don't take the time to see the whole picture of you and your baby breastfeeding. If it isn't working, there is an underlying physical, emotional or mental problem that needs to be addressed.
Breastfeeding can be intuitive and natural but sometimes it's not easy. If you are nursing and it hurts, or your baby is not gaining weight, there's probably something or several things together that need adjusting. There are literally hundreds of things that can contribute to painful or ineffective nursing.
"In hindsight, it seems obvious. How I was holding Michael was all wrong, but I didn't know it at the time."
When you take care of that problem, you and your baby are going to have an unbreakable, loving, secure bond forever. It is not just about feeding your baby, it nurtures you, too. It is a way to mother your baby that is unlike any other.
"I will never forget how frustrated I was in the beginning. I am so happy I stuck with it. Every time we nurse, I feel good."
Breastfeeding is like riding a bike. Some people hop on, wobble a little, and ride easily and naturally. Others try a hundred times, crashing and crying, skinned knees and palms, anger and frustration before they finally get it. But, one day, it clicks. All the little actions come together and you are sailing along, wind in your hair --Flying-- and you feel confident and happy. When you learned how to ride a bike, you probably had someone who held the seat while you wobbled. Someone who encouraged you, and reminded you to "Pedal! Pedal! Pedal!"
Just like riding a bike, some women figure it out on their own and others need a little help from someone who can listen, observe, and give you encouragement...and remind you to Nurse! Nurse! Nurse!
"If it hadn't have been for Donna, we never would have made it. We had so many problems and I was ready to give it up."
You may be wondering if you need some help or if you can get by on your own. If you fit one or more of these situations, you could use some extra help:
- If your nipples are raw, bleeding, cracked, or hurting
- If you think, or have been told, that you are not making enough milk
- If your baby is 5 days old and your milk has not come in
- If your baby is 14 days and has not regained birth weight
- If you think that your baby hates you and/or breastfeeding
- If you are crying more than 2 hours in a day or think you are not cut out for motherhood
You start with a free consultation over the phone. That resolves many problems. (Yay!) You can call or text Donna, even if it's 2 in the morning...(especially if it's 2 in the morning.) (845) 750-4402
If you just need a little tune-up or some support around going back to work, weaning, pumping, solids, thrush, mastitis, toddlers, or some other mysterious thing, you can schedule a 15-30 minute targeted coaching session on whatever you are needing. It's a phone, skype or office visit--whatever works for you.
If you have an infant who is not gaining weight, painful feeds, an infant under 2 months, a colicky baby, a baby who arches, screams or sleeps during feeds, you can schedule a full consultation. It's a home, phone, skype or office visit--whatever works for you.
To schedule an appointment: text or call (845) 750-4402 or fill out the email contact form. (You can expect Donna to answer or a call or text reply in less than 2 hours. A reply to your email will be answered within 24 hours.)