How were YOU supported by your hospital or birth center?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by your hospital or birth center, or how this support made all the difference for you.
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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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|51||Tue Feb 12 15:45:41 EST 2013||Katie Barnes||Melrose, MA||I had a cesarean birth in 2009 because my daughter was in a breech presentation. One of my biggest disappointments about having a c-section was not being able to hold her immediately. I asked my nurse More....|
|50||Mon Jul 09 21:48:15 EDT 2012||Erin Zemaitis||Dodgeville, WI||First, I ended up having to have an emergency c-section and the doctors wanted to separate my baby and I for an hour so I could "recover". My nurse though took it upon herself to bring me my baby while More....|
|49||Thu Jun 28 10:52:08 EDT 2012||Hannah Severson||Madison Heights, MI||My daughter was born in a baby friendly hospital. I was able to breastfeed her at less than an hour old. They helped me when I thought I was doing something wrong, and also when I thought I wasn't going More....|
|48||Fri Jun 08 11:50:39 EDT 2012||Anonymous||APO, AE||My son was born in Germany. They never took him away, so he was with me 24/7. The nurses made sure my husband and I did skin on skin contact for a minimum of one hour every day. The lactation consultant More....|
|47||Sat Mar 31 11:13:41 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Davis, CA||My daughter was born 6 weeks prematurely due to complications of my pregnancy. Although safely delivered by my physicians, my daughter was unable to nurse right away. As a mother of a premie, it was particularly More....|
|46||Fri Feb 10 10:08:58 EST 2012||erin yorker||Temple Terrace, FL||My birth center had an on site lactation consultant...an IBCLC, who was wonderful and saw me to help support the process in the first few days. I had terrible engorgement and the process was painful. More....|
|45||Mon Dec 12 19:36:53 EST 2011||Rebecca Repko||Lorain, OH||I had my first son on July 4, 2008. It was a very hectic labor and delivery, as my water broke and he was born 2 1/2 hours later, after a drop in his heartrate, a rush to the OR for a possible C-section More....|
|44||Tue Nov 01 17:59:56 EDT 2011||Beth Townsend||Santa Clarita, CA||I had my first child by csection (breech) back on 8/15/2011 at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The hospital is working towards becoming baby friendly certified. They put my baby on my chest More....|
|43||Tue Nov 01 17:59:45 EDT 2011||Beth Townsend||Santa Clarita, CA||I had my first child by csection (breech) back on 8/15/2011 at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The hospital is working towards becoming baby friendly certified. They put my baby on my chest More....|
|42||Thu Oct 13 23:02:31 EDT 2011||Elana Natker||Oak Hill, VA||My first child was born in 2008 in Boulder, Colorado, at Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital. The support I got there was tremendous - from the lactation consultants there at the hospital (and available More....|
|41||Sun Sep 04 14:20:57 EDT 2011||Carole Van Nahl||Airmont , NY||The nurses at White Plains Hospital in 1980 helped me transition from colostrum to physiological engorgement to breastfeeding at home but they could do this because I had a C-Section and discharge was More....|
|40||Tue May 31 22:58:48 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Houston, TX||When I lived in california I had my first baby at Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, California in 1996. My mom didn't nurse and this was all new to me as well. Yet in my heart I was determined to nurse!! More....|
|39||Sun May 29 12:14:06 EDT 2011||Amy Rice||Moorhead, MN||I was lucky enough to give birth at the Cambridge Birth Center in April 2008. They have a wonderfully supportive group of Nurse Midwives and doulas that take wonderful care of women during the pregnancy, More....|
|38||Sun May 29 08:23:44 EDT 2011||april rujan||bay port, MI||The hospital where I delivered both of my children very much advocated breastfeeding. As soon as baby is born they would put them on for me and help me as much as possible. The assistance at first with More....|
|37||Sun May 29 01:27:12 EDT 2011||Michelle Muhlbach||Arlington, TX||When my oldest was born, we had a lot of complications. Because of the complications, i was not able to nurse my son for about 24 hours after he was born. When the neo-natologist came to see me, and to More....|
|36||Sat May 28 18:12:32 EDT 2011||Lauren Powells||Nashville, TN||I always knew I would breastfeed. My siblings and I were breastfed, and everyone in my family just did it. But when I was pregnant for the first time, and started to read about ways to become "greener" More....|
|35||Sat May 28 18:09:21 EDT 2011||Lisa Semple||hayward, MN||My first son was born at 31 weeks. When he was born he couldn't breathe on his own, let alone eat. After he was whisked off to the NICU the hospital delivered an electric pump to my room and showed me More....|
|34||Sat May 28 17:36:32 EDT 2011||Beshka Ringstad||Black River Falls, WI||I was given wonderful post-partum options, regardless of having a c-section, to have my newborn with me ASAP, including skin to skin contact. I was encouraged by the nurses and the facility in general More....|
|33||Sat May 28 13:44:19 EDT 2011||Lisa Lindstrom||Washington, DC||In 1999, my third child was born in south Florida. I wanted to pull open my gown when he was born and have him placed on my belly. The doctor and nurses agreed. We were all in awe as we watched this More....|
|32||Sat May 28 13:02:10 EDT 2011||ilse fisher||milledgeville, GA||I had no direct help, with the exception of an LC who came in quickly after I gave birth and left a card with me. She would prove amazingly relieving when I called her in 'panic' at what I didn't know More....|
|31||Thu May 26 11:04:47 EDT 2011||Stephanie Ellinger||Springville, UT||After struggling with breastfeeding after the birth of my first daughter, I was hoping that the experience that I had with my son three years later would be a different story. In some ways I got what More....|
|30||Tue May 24 11:14:03 EDT 2011||Katy Cairo||Anniston, AL||I have been determined to breastfeed my baby since the moment I found out I was pregnant, but as many mothers before me can tell you, it's not always as easy as it looks. My daughter was born at Anniston More....|
|29||Fri May 20 23:16:44 EDT 2011||Anonymous||Lake Forest, CA||I gave birth to my first child at 35 weeks and we had so much trouble from the beginning. He was too weak too suck, too sleepy to eat, my nipples were flat and his mouth was too small. I had no idea More....|
|28||Fri May 20 13:48:17 EDT 2011||Allison Walters||Bear, DE||I gave birth at the Birth Center in Wilmington, DE. The midwives and nurses are very supporting of breastfeeding and making sure that mother and baby have time to bond immediately after delivery. Through More....|
|27||Thu May 19 16:26:29 EDT 2011||Karen Carter||Fort Wayne, IN||I knew all along I wanted to breastfeed my baby, so I took a prenatal breastfeeding class and was prepared to nurse immediately after birth. However, things don't always work out as planned. My daughter, More....|