How were YOU supported by friends, peer counselors, or
mother-to-mother support groups?
mother-to-mother support groups?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by friends, peer counselors, or mother-to-mother support groups, or how this support made all the difference for you.
How will the stories be used?
Submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories documenting the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier." Stories will be compiled and displayed at the bottom of this page in real time—you can choose below to remain anonymous, if desired. The stories will call attention to the need for support now, while also creating a resource for future breastfeeding advocacy efforts.
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|176||Thu Aug 15 17:44:46 EDT 2013||Kelley Fitzpatrick||Plymouth, MA||During my first pregnancy I was adamant I was not going to BF. Thru my WIC Peer Counselor I was encouraged to at least try one time in the hospital. Well I did and it was not as bad as I had thought it More....|
|175||Thu Aug 08 10:58:23 EDT 2013||Becky Bennett||Belleville, IL||I am a WIC Peer Counselor. Peer Counselors go way beyond one on one support during breastfeeding. Peer Counselors teach classes that give prenatal moms information about breastfeeding that the Dr's office More....|
|174||Thu Jun 27 13:10:34 EDT 2013||Nisha Rabi||San Jose, CA||I had a premi baby (born 2012 )and was struggling to feed her due to poor latching , that's when my colleague came home and guided me on how to breast feed . She spent her timing for me and I am More....|
|173||Tue Feb 12 15:54:25 EST 2013||Tara Wallingford||Kansas City, MO||I struggled with breastfeeding and never did it exclusively with my first, due to poor latch, support and education of myself. 5 years later, I changed my birth setting to be supportive of the first hour, More....|
|172||Wed Jan 23 11:23:26 EST 2013||Elisabeth Epperson||Salt Lake City, UT||When my first baby was born, I was all set to breastfeed. I had already been to my local La Leche League meetings throughout my entire pregnancy. But a couple months after she was born I had a mysterious More....|
|171||Sat Jan 19 20:42:19 EST 2013||Anonymous||Kenmore, WA||My first child was born in 1985. I was married but far from my mother or any other relatives. La Leche League was extremely helpful and supportive as I launched into breastfeeding for years. My next More....|
|170||Thu Nov 01 14:05:04 EDT 2012||Shakeeta Williams||Anderson, SC||I had a very rough & short breastfeeding relationship with my daughter so when my son was born 2 years later, I was determined to make it past 3 months of breastfeeding. One thing I did differently was More....|
|169||Mon Aug 27 12:30:40 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Hanover, MD||I nursed my two children exclusively for a total of four years. My daughter (birth year: 1988), nursed for nine months; my son (birth year: 1993), for 3.3 years. During each of those timeframes, More....|
|168||Fri Aug 24 13:24:05 EDT 2012||Janelle Wright||Urbana, OH||Dear Member of Congress:
Hello I would like to introduce myself. My name is Janelle Wright. I was a WIC Peer Counselor for two counties in Ohio. Clark and Champaign. This week I was laid off More....
|167||Sat Aug 11 17:37:55 EDT 2012||tara beatty||seattle, WA||My mother and grandmothers did not breastfeed. It wasn't an image I was exposed to growing up, but my two sisters had their first children not long before I had my son and they set a wonderful example More....|
|166||Thu Aug 09 08:26:49 EDT 2012||Cara McMillan||Perrysburg, OH||Before I even got pregnant, I knew I would breastfeed. It was just assumed because that was what was best for my baby. At that time, I had the goal of not using formula for the first 3 months. I've More....|
|165||Thu Aug 09 02:13:35 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Peoria, AZ||I just had my first child 2 1/2 months ago, at 36. The lactation consultants in the hospital, even though they helped with the latch, were so strict that made me feel uncomfortable. My baby wouldn't latch More....|
|164||Wed Aug 08 22:24:19 EDT 2012||Holly Jackson||Knoxville, TN||I was fortunate enough to have an older sister who had breastfed 4 children before I had my son. She was my go to person for any questions I had. I spent a great deal of time on the phone with her asking More....|
|163||Wed Aug 08 21:13:16 EDT 2012||Meredith Napolitano||Cheshire, CT||I was reflecting on the need for support today as I drove home from a World Breastfeeding Week event. When my first daughter was born, I knew I was going to nurse her. I knew it would have ups and downs More....|
|162||Wed Aug 08 20:28:35 EDT 2012||Nima Durso||Maywood, NJ||I had no family or friends who breastfed, so after i had my first child i felt alone and full of questions. I heard about a local hospital having a support group for breastfeeding moms which was led by More....|
|161||Wed Aug 08 20:11:59 EDT 2012||Rachel Hatten||Strongsville, OH||The weekend of our son's birth, the LC was out of town. The nurses offered what help they could; our delivery nurse, after attempting to get him to latch for maybe 20 minutes, gave us a nipple shield to More....|
|160||Wed Aug 08 18:08:33 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Marina, CA||The best advice I received was from a lactation consultant during our breastfeeding class. She explained as long as we can make it through the first week of breastfeeding then it will only get easier from More....|
|159||Wed Aug 08 17:56:23 EDT 2012||Courtney LaRosa||Seaford, NY||My son was born in 2007 at 41 weeks - a vaginal birth - and he was slightly jaundiced. I checked off day and night nursing on the hospital chart so he would be brought to me every few hours to nurse. I More....|
|158||Wed Aug 08 17:16:10 EDT 2012||Katherine Hunt||Loris, SC||After returning to work at 6 weeks postpartum my first challenge with breastfeeding began. My mother called me one day a few weeks in to tell me she was running low on expressed Breastmilk. Breastfeeding More....|
|157||Wed Aug 08 16:57:37 EDT 2012||suzanne marinello||old bridge, NJ||When I got pregnant, as an older mother at 34, I had the privilege of watching so many women, including family, friends and co-workers have children before me. I knew I would have to be a working mom. More....|
|156||Wed Aug 08 16:02:38 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Fort Collins, CO||I had a really hard time nursing with my 1st son after my c-section since my son & I had an infection that we passed back & forth. The ladies @ LLL helped me to understand the importance of breast milk More....|
|155||Wed Aug 08 15:51:48 EDT 2012||Merian de la Gardelle||Valrico, FL||As soon as I knew I would be having a baby, I knew I would breastfeed. During my pregnancy, I talked with my family about my goals to make sure that everyone knew the best way to support me.
|154||Wed Aug 08 15:50:39 EDT 2012||Clarissa Viening-Butler||Grand Rapids, MI||My mother was an avid breast-feeder, and it always seemed, to me, the natural choice for myself and my babies. My friends, my husband, our pediatrician, and the leaders of my local breastfeeding support More....|
|153||Wed Aug 08 15:39:45 EDT 2012||Megan garrison||Oklahoma city, OK||My story began January 8th 2008 with a BFP (big fat positive) on the pregnancy test I bought the week before. I was 18 and terrified. I had undying support from my boyfriend (now husband) More....|
|152||Wed Aug 08 15:39:07 EDT 2012||Della Trent||Ithaca, NY||I always knew I would be a breastfeeding mama. I worked several years at a local preschool where most of the children were breastfed and was a breastfed baby myself. All my life, I was surrounded by breastfeeding More....|