How were YOU supported by community organizations?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by community organizations (local nonprofits, churches, breastfeeding centers), 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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|35||Fri Sep 14 13:26:44 EDT 2012||Karen Borja||Neptune, NJ||My WIC Story
WIC has helped my family in more ways than one. While pregnant, I had no idea what the program was or what it had to offer. It seemed so foreign to me to need help in acquiring More....
|34||Fri Jun 29 01:46:07 EDT 2012||Vanessa Rautis||Lubbock, TX|
|33||Tue Dec 13 08:55:52 EST 2011||Anonymous||Troy, NY||When I had my first child in 2000 I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I read the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and then knew there were others like me out there too. I attended my first local La Leche League More....|
|32||Mon Oct 31 15:55:18 EDT 2011||Mariella Arredondo||Bloomington, IN||Our local WIC agency has been an enormous support in making breastfeeding possible for both of my babies. First in 2007 and currently (2011). They have offered me a breast pump for returning to More....|
|31||Thu Oct 13 21:47:46 EDT 2011||Gloria Moya||South Bend, IN||Without the local La Leche League meetings I probably would not have continued breastfeeding for as long as I have (15 months and still breastfeeding). I was ready to give up around 4 months because More....|
|30||Sat Sep 03 20:42:39 EDT 2011||Elizabeth Elge||Kansas City, MO||I am often hesitant to say that I am still nursing my newly two year old daughter to people in medical profession. Often they are quick to make comments like "since you'll be wanting to wean soon" and More....|
|29||Sat Sep 03 11:18:39 EDT 2011||Alicia Bowen||Parma, OH||In Lakewood, Ohio, I found support through the Human Services Division of Early Childhood. A weekly breastfeeding group was held in the City Family Room. Support came from fellow nursing mothers and a More....|
|28||Thu Jul 14 13:50:28 EDT 2011||gina johansen||wakefield, MA||The Baby Cafe in Melrose Massachusets is a great resource to help mothers with breastfeeding. I truly can't say what a great support system they have and how they help in so many ways - with your physical More....|
|27||Tue May 31 20:20:18 EDT 2011||Christine VandenDries||El Paso, TX||As a new mom, and a nurse, I thought I knew it all when it came to feeding and caring for a little one. My skills were challenged when my precious newborn boy was taken to NICU and I was not allowed More....|
|26||Mon May 30 14:03:18 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Pittsburgh, PA||Husband and I were at a political rally several years ago; baby alternated between being in the carrier on my hubby's back and being in our arms. The speakers were delayed, it started to drizzle, and my More....|
|25||Mon May 30 12:49:36 EDT 2011||Danielle Housenick||Russellville, AR||207 -->206If it were not for a breastfeeding support group (BEST at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD) I am not sure I would have been able to stick with and be so successful with breastfeeding.|
|24||Mon May 30 09:01:44 EDT 2011||Christy Hagan||Mustang, OK||It is not a complaint that you hear every day, but I had "too much milk". The advice from my doctor, my child's doctor, and friends was to stop pumping so much and my milk supply will gradually decrease. More....|
|23||Mon May 30 01:38:18 EDT 2011||Michele Call||Bonita, CA||Most of the mothers at the church I was attending when my first baby was born breastfed their babies, often to a year or longer. During my pregnancy I began developing relationships with the other mothers. More....|
|22||Sun May 29 16:50:56 EDT 2011||Brandie Brown||Niagara Falls, NY||The one place that I always felt comfortable breastfeeding in public was my church. The people there from my age to the elderly were always giving me positive comments and support. Many other mothers More....|
|21||Sun May 29 11:11:00 EDT 2011||Lisa Dillard||Lubbock, TX|
|20||Sun May 29 01:19:16 EDT 2011||Michelle Muhlbach||Arlington, TX||My second son was born in 2007. He immediately had latch problems. I knew that something wasn't right because I had nursed my first baby as well. He just wans't nursing right. I asked the pediatrician More....|
|19||Sat May 28 21:44:26 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Marathon, FL||Our local healthy start group provided 5 months free of charge-use of breast pump to feed non-breastfeeding baby- breast milk.|
|18||Sat May 28 18:41:04 EDT 2011||Julie McCarraher||West Jefferson, NC||My first child was born in June of 2000. Being my 1st, I took a childbirth class at the local health department and on the next to last class meeting I was fortunate enough to meet the local La Leche More....|
|17||Sat May 28 18:11:49 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Fairview Hts, IL||When my first baby was born in 2005, I was supported by my husband to breast feed. He brought me water and anything else I needed when the baby was drinking. When I left my home I would remember the More....|
|16||Sat May 28 16:43:12 EDT 2011||Shannon Vyff||Lubbock, TX||I had my first baby at age 21 in 1996, then had two more; one in 1999 and one in 2001. This story though was brought about by my first baby, a story of a ripple effect of love and support through society: More....|
|15||Sat May 28 14:10:45 EDT 2011||Melissa Floyd||Loris, SC||I am currently breastfeeding my second child after nursing my first for 15 months. The sad fact is that I received NO support or encouragement throughout either of my breastfeeding journeys. The nurses More....|
|14||Sat May 28 13:44:02 EDT 2011||Anonymous||olympia , WA||I am a mother of three and have breastfed all of my babies. During my last pregnancy my husband became disabled and I had no choice but to continue working full time. It was very important to me to be More....|
|13||Fri May 20 10:04:08 EDT 2011||Amy Cooper-Ayles||Melrose, MA||I am so lucky to have a nursing mom's group, The Baby Cafe, right down the street from where I live. Without the support of this group, I would never have made it to today with my 11 month old still nursing More....|
|12||Thu May 19 05:52:51 EDT 2011||Summer Lamb||APO, AP||I attended local Le Leche League meetings starting when my son was 4 months old. I only stopped attending because I began working. Being surrounded by other breastfeeding mothers was SUCH a confidence More....|
|11||Wed May 18 12:49:02 EDT 2011||Rebecca Longo||Melrose, MA||I had a difficult time breastfeeding my daughter after she was born. I was so fortunate to have the Baby Cafe in my town. The support from the lacation consultants (especially Lucia Jenkins) More....|